Salisbury Cathedral was built in just 38 years (AD 1220-1258) and offers one superlative after another, from the tallest spire in Britain (123m) and the oldest working clock in Europe to the world’s best-preserved Magna Carta.
Visible from miles around, the Cathedral sits within Britain’s largest walled Close with rolling green lawns fringed by historic houses. It is one of the finest examples of Early English Gothic architecture and its Quire stalls are the largest and earliest complete set in Britain.
Visitors can stroll around the Cloisters that enclose a landscaped Garth, shaded by two large cedars planted by Queen Victoria. The Cloisters are the largest in the country and afford fabulous views of the Spire. Wooden crosses dedicated to soldiers who fought and died in the first world war line the West Cloister Wall.