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Salisbury Cathedral

Climb to the top of the country’s tallest spire and check the time on the hands of a 14th-century clock.

Home to England’s best-preserved copy of the Magna Carta, Salisbury Cathedral is a fine example of Early English architecture from the 1200s. Its spire, which reaches a height of 404 feet (123 meters), is hollow and accessible via a spiral staircase. The church is a venue for art exhibitions and concerts as well as a place for prayer. Inspect what is said to be the oldest working modern clock in the world, dating back to 1386.

Admire the hypnotic façade of the large church from the grassy plaza outside. It is adorned with crisscrossing columns, niches and ornamental motifs. Capture photos of possibly the tallest spire in England. Enter the church to admire Purbeck marble columns and the tall, narrow nave. Take a guided tour of the building to learn about its history.

Look at the Magna Carta 1215, which is always on display in the octagonal-shaped Chapter House. Enjoy the interactive Magna Carta Exhibition with interesting displays and films. Modern replicas of medieval armor and other intriguing items decorate the exhibit. Gaze up at the frieze portraying scenes from Genesis and Exodus.

Join a tower tour, which generally lasts around 90 minutes. Ascend the 332 steps to the base of the spire and gaze up into the narrow peak. The wooden scaffolding here dates back to medieval times. Outside, four balconies offer views of the charming city, the archeological site of Old Sarum and its green countryside. This vista inspired John Constable’s famous painting Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows.

Purchase religious and spiritual souvenirs from the church’s gift shop. The church is also home to a refectory restaurant.

The site is open daily year-round from morning until late afternoon. Make the recommended donation for visitors, in lieu of an entrance fee. Tower tours run once per day and have a fee, with discounts for kids and families.

Salisbury Cathedral is in the middle of the main landmarks in the heart of the city. Located just east of the River Avon, its nearby attractions include the Salisbury Museum, Arundells and Mompesson House.


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The Merchant's House £60
The Merchant's House

The Merchant's House

29 Milford St, Salisbury, England
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Salisbury, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund and Salisbury Cathedral. Cathedral Close and Mompesson House are also within 10 minutes. Salisbury (XSR-Salisbury Train Station) is 13 minutes by foot and Salisbury Station is 13 minutes.

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    Qudos

    Qudos

    38 Castle Street, Salisbury, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Salisbury, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund and Salisbury Cathedral. Mompesson House and Arundells are also within 10 minutes. Salisbury Station is 11 minutes by foot.

      The Chapter House £85
      The Chapter House

      The Chapter House

      9-13 St John's Street, Salisbury, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Salisbury, this inn is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Salisbury Cathedral and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Old Sarum. Stonehenge is 11.9 mi (19.1 km) away. Salisbury Station is 15 minutes by foot.

        Mercure White Hart Salisbury £70
        Mercure White Hart Salisbury

        Mercure White Hart Salisbury

        St John Street, Salisbury, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Salisbury, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral Close and Salisbury Cathedral. Mompesson House and Arundells are also within 10 minutes. Salisbury Station is 15 minutes by foot.

          Sarum College £60
          Sarum College

          Sarum College

          19 The Close, Salisbury, England
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Salisbury, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral Close and Salisbury Cathedral. Mompesson House and Arundells are also within 5 minutes. Salisbury Station is 14 minutes by foot.

            Best Western Red Lion Hotel £45
            Best Western Red Lion Hotel

            Best Western Red Lion Hotel

            Milford Street, Salisbury, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Salisbury, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund and Salisbury Cathedral. Cathedral Close and Mompesson House are also within 10 minutes. Salisbury Station is 12 minutes by foot.

              Legacy Rose and Crown Hotel £88
              Legacy Rose and Crown Hotel

              Legacy Rose and Crown Hotel

              Harnham Road, Salisbury, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Salisbury, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral Close and Salisbury Cathedral. Salisbury Museum and Arundells are also within 15 minutes. Salisbury Station is 23 minutes by foot.

                The Cathedral Hotel £69
                The Cathedral Hotel

                The Cathedral Hotel

                7-9 Milford Street, Salisbury, England
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Salisbury, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund and Salisbury Cathedral. Cathedral Close and Mompesson House are also within 10 minutes. Salisbury Station is 12 minutes by foot.