10 reasons to visit Salisbury Cathedral
The magnificence of Salisbury Cathedral is easy to see. Its towering spire is seen across the city and for miles around.
Visitors from across the globe journey here to marvel at the architecture that has been the centre-piece of Salisbury for 800 years, but there is so much more to the cathedral than first meets the eye.
Here are 10 things you can do on your visit to our spectacular cathedral:
- Admire Britain’s tallest spire from the rolling lawn of the country’s largest close (80 acres).
- See how the cathedral was built 800 years ago, and learn about the artisans who worked on it.
- Watch the water flow from the baptismal font and view the reflections from its surface.
- View the mechanics of the world’s oldest clock.
- Hunt down the oldest set of carved misericords in Europe in our Quire. Misericords, which are sometimes called mercy seats, are small carved shelfs built in the underside folding church seats.
- Learn about the events that led to the sealing of Magna Carta and view the best preserved of four remaining copies.
- Explore the atmospheric open-air cloisters – the perfect spot for a selfie!
- Head to the Salisbury Cathedral Refectory Restaurant where you’ll find amazing views of Britain’s tallest spire.
- Browse a wide range of quirky gifts and travel momentoes in the cathedral shop.
- Stop at the Bell Tower Tea Rooms for panoramic views of Salisbury Cathedral during the summer.
With so much to see and do at Salisbury Cathedral, their free tours offer a chance to dig a little deeper.
Make the most of your time in the Cathedral Close by stopping off at other attractions here, including Salisbury Museum, Arundells and Mompesson House.