Salisbury Cathedral and the 1215 Magna Carta

Salisbury Cathedral and the 1215 Magna Carta

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Experience a crucial part of history at Salisbury Cathedral

Step into this medieval masterpiece and encounter 800 years of history and worship.

Salisbury Cathedral is unique amongst medieval English cathedrals, built within one century and with no substantial later additions, which means you're looking at the utmost authentic medieval architecture. 

Stand back and admire the beautiful exterior building and Britain's tallest Cathedral spire, which stands today as a testimony to the faith and practical skills of those who built it.

And of course, take a look at the 1215 Magna Carta, one of the most important artefacts in all of British history...

History, art, architecture, sculpture and more on this extraordinary day out in Wiltshire

Study the original Magna Carta on display in a new interactive exhibition. Written in 1215, the symbolic Magna Carta document was issued by King John of England and stated that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law. Today, the 1215 Magna Carta is regarded as one of the important documents of legal history and you can witness it in Salisbury Cathedral. 

Keep your day trip ticking along nicely and see the world's oldest working medieval clock. Made in 1386 of hand-wrought iron and initially installed in the detached Bell Tower.

If you are feeling spritely, you can climb to the base of the Cathedral spire, at 123m, it's the tallest in England! The building of this very spire 700 years ago marked a revolution in cathedral architecture.

Salisbury Cathedral makes a fun day out for visitors of all ages, making it a perfect family day out in Salisbury

Once you've settled down, you'll probably want to grab a bite at the refectory restaurant. Alternatively, bring your own picnic to enjoy on the rolling green lawns of the cathedral close.

This beautiful medieval masterpiece is a must-see historical attraction with Britain's tallest spire, largest cloisters, biggest Cathedral Close, and of course the original 1215 Magna Carta. Salisbury Cathedral really is something to behold.

Visit Salisbury Cathedral today and feel history come to life!

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By Train:

Salisbury has strong rail links with London, Bath and the West Country. The cathedral is located less than a 10 minute walk away from Salisbury Train Station.

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Yes, Salisbury Cathedral can be accessed by wheelchair. 

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