Salisbury Cathedral is a gem . A strange fact is that its got practically no foundations . Surrounded by the old monastic precint its rises to a beautiful spire . The interior is equally a must see .
Salisbury's Cathedral is hardly a well-kept secret, but both the building and setting are stunning all the same.
Celebrating the 750th anniversary of its completion in 2008, Salisbury is the finest 13th century Cathedral in the UK.
Unusually built 'all in one go' between 1220 and 1258, it is a classic of the Early English gothic style. And the setting - famously painted by Constable - is incomparable (and thankfully now preserved from intrusive development).
The list of superlatives for Salisbury goes on and on: At 404ft (123m) it has Britain's tallest spire, Europe's oldest working clock (1386), the best preserved copy of Magna Carta (1215), the largest Cathedral Close, the largest Cloisters...
..and that's not to forget the music and worship. I would strongly recommend you try to attend a service or concert: the acoustics are superb, the organ is recognised as one of England's finest, as is its 750-year old Choir School. Whether you are religious or not, you'd be hard pressed not to be moved by the haunting impact of its music.
Photographs added 28 January 2008.
Although I have given it a high rating its not one of my particular favourites I have visited over the years. Its appealing to specific people being a religious landmark of the nation.
Its situated in the middle of Salisbury town and the history of the building stands out over the modern shopping areas nearby. Its a breathtaking building with fantastic statues and monuments among the grounds. As you enter the huge Cathedral you notice the very large beautifully designed stain glass windows which engulf the light from outside and pour it throughout the building.
Like most historical buildings you do not have to pay to have a look round however they ask for voluntary donations:
Requested Voluntary Donations
Seniors / Students £4.25
Children (5-17) £3.00
There is a gift shop and restaurant situated on the site providing top quality food at probably a little more expensive prices than the average restaurant/coffee shop yet worth the money. The gift shop is a typical historic building gift shop offering the likes of tea towels, sweets, historic books and those naff but expensive childrens toys.
It is accessible with wheelchairs and guide dogs are welcome.
It is an excellent place to visit holding the likes of the oldest working clock and 1 of the 4 original surviving magna cartas. A must see yet not recommended if you have small children (not as exciting as your average themepark!)
What a glorious building, the front is adorned with what must be over 100 structures, a magnificent feat of architecture, entry is 'free', well not really, a suggested donation of £5+ is requested, surely it should be up to the individual what they contribute and not 'monitored'?
Never the less highly recommended.
SALISBURY CATHEDRAL, is one of Great Britain's finest medieval cathedrals and a world class heritage attraction. It was built in the 13th century to replace the Norman Cathedral at Old Sarum. The cathedral which was the favourite of John Constable has been immortalised in many of his paintings.
Fascinating monument. A little for everyone - technical illustrations of construction, historical material and religious likewise. Wonderful vitrae. Don't forget to check out the courtyard - its immensely atmospheric.
As a resident of Salisbury, the cathedral is a site that I see all the time and the last visit to this majestic monument was probably long ago as a child before I left to see the other wonders of the world on my travels. To me, it is that feeling, when you see it again, that you are home, to others it is a building steeped in history and a marvelous example of medieval architecture. I have seen pictures of the view across the city from the spire when my father went up in the 1980s but never ventured there myself. It just has not been on my list of things to do, but I think it should be at some point.
A beautiful cathedral set in lovely grounds where, on a nice day, you can sit in the grass and take in it's enormity & grandeur. Years ago i engraved a roof tile with my name which apparently is now on the roof?!
Salisbury Cathedral is a beautiful building, and well worth a visit. The elegant spires are amazing from the outside, and there's a tower tour which I thoroughly recommed for getting inside the skin of the building and absorbing its architectural history. the guides take you up in small groups, and it's exciting threading your way past beams and up steep stairs. They guides are both knowledgeable and good communicators, making the architecture and the history come alive. There are good views from the tower over the surrounding city and countryside. Outside the cathdral, Elizabeth Frink's statue 'walking madonna' is worth taking time to study.
Having heard so much about Salisbury Cathedral over the years, I finally went to see for myself what all the fuss is about.
The cathedral takes a place of pride in the sleepy town of Salisbury. As local landmarks go, it doesn't get better than this. The cathedral is huge, more so on the inside than the outside it seems. One really gets the sense of medieval grandeur while exploring this imposing place. I particularly liked the stained glass windows, which on a sunny day were revealed in all their glory. The oldest clock in the world is also here, dating from the 14th century. It is hard not to feel a sense of awe while walking through this amazing place of worship. Panels marking the graves of local notables buried in the cathedral crypt, were also of interest to me.
There was a choir singing at midday. The acoustics were amazing, sending shivers down my spine.
The grounds are equally impressive and would make a wonderful picnic spot. The locals seemed to think so anyway. By the lunchtime, the place was getting really busy indeed.
Another thing worth mentioning is that the entry is completely free, but you might want to leave a small donation. A place like this more than deserves it.
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