About the cathedral and the city

Salisbury Cathedral is one of Britain’s finest medieval cathedrals, both a living church and internationally renowned heritage attraction. It is also home to the finest original copy of the 1215 Magna Carta, which is on permanent display to visitors in the Chapter House.

The cathedral offers a warm welcome to the 250,000 pilgrims and tourists who visit each year to marvel at the peace and beauty of the 750 year old building and admire Britain’s tallest spire.

Salisbury Cathedral is a world famous landmark in the south of England, with a Spire soaring to 404 feet, the tallest in Britain, with cloisters larger than any other in England, plus the world’s oldest working mechanical clock.

The cathedral is also home to one of only four surviving original Magna Carta (AD1215). Built in just 38 years between 1220 and 1258, it is a masterpiece of Early English Gothic design, and in 2020 will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone. Situated in the beautiful and peaceful Close, it was built to inspire and reflect God’s glory, and whilst it is a place of quiet prayer and reflection, it is as a centre bringing together hundreds of people in our great Christian services that it comes alive to the sound of the choir and the congregation raising their voices.