Salisbury Cathedral, London, is undoubtedly Britain’s most famous 13th century Gothic cathedral. The enormous and lofty spire grabs your attention. Once you reach the Cathedral, viewing the stonework of such an architecturally evolved church in Salisbury, is in itself a wonderful experience.
The Cathedral is situated in the midst of a cluster of monumental buildings and edifices. It is enclosed by eight acres of lush green lawns and you can’t differentiate much between walking on a carpet or walking on grass.
Of the four surviving Magna Cartas, the one at Salisbury Cathedral is the best preserved. Apart from this, the Cathedral’s clock, which dates back to 1386 AD and is probably the oldest working clock in the world is worth seeing. This pioneering church in Britain, was the first to introduce the Cathedral School. The Salisbury Cathedral was also the first to introduce an exclusive girl’s choir.
The Cathedral maintains records of people who have been married, baptized or buried in its premises and the records are provided to any body from the general public who might want to know more about their ancestors/ family members or friends.
Guided tours of the Cathedral are provided everyday. Each and every aspect of the Cathedral’s rich past and its many historical artifacts and relics are highlighted in the most interesting manner. If you are energetic, just climb upstairs, 332 steps in all, to the pinnacle of the tower. The experience of the view from the top is breathtaking.
Salisbury Cathedral Map
Facts about Salisbury Cathedral
- It is believed that 60,000 tons of the finest quality of Chilmark stone and more than 10,000 tons of the very best of Purbek stone were used for building the Cathedral.
- The Salisbury Cathedral attracts more than 500,000 visitors each year.
Where is Salisbury Cathedral?
The Salisbury Cathedral is located in the city of Salisbury from which it derives its name. It is an hour-and-a-half drive from London. A train from London is the best way to get to the site as the cathedral is only 10 minutes away from the station. Other options include travel by bus or car.
Best time to visit Salisbury Cathedral
The cathedral is open from Monday to Saturday at 9:00 am and by noon on Sunday. Services are held on Sunday, where visitors are welcome. However, tourists will only have restricted access during times of services. Holidays such as Christmas and Easter are also busy times and best avoided.
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Nearby Attractions : Old Sarum, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum
England major attractions: Stonehenge, British Museum, Big Ben London, Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, Millennium Bridge, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, London Zoo, Trafalgar Square, Palace of Westminster, Kensington Palace, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Nelson’s Column, Wellington Arch.