Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury and Salisbury Cathedral


A beautiful and magical medieval city full of character and history overlooked by its magnificent Gothic Cathedral, the tallest and most splendid of churches in England.

The city was designed and built by the Bishops on a grid system of 21 squares called ‘chequers’ with water courses constructed throughout the street system fed by the River Avon.

The water courses disappeared in Victorian times but the original street system survives to this very day and would remain familiar to its planners.

Whilst many of the original timber framed buildings still exist their exteriors have been changed to reflect the architectural expectations of the 18c.

Salisbury City CenterThere is much of interest to see in this ancient city

Salisbury Cathedral SpireSalisbury Cathedral

Salisbury’s world renowned 13 century Gothic Cathedral, the tallest medieval church in Europe, standing in the largest Cathedral Close in England.

Exhibited within is the oldest working clock in the world dating back to 1380 and in the Chapter House is one of only four remaining copies of the Magna Carta – ‘the Great Charter’ which King John was obliged to execute by his barons at Runnymede near Windsor in 1215.

A city walk to investigate this lovely city will take approximately 1 ½ hours – add a further hour if you wish to include a guided tour of the Cathedral.