Salisbury Cathedral, a beautiful and historic building, is an impressive stage for major services, concerts and art installations, yet also a place for private prayer and reflection.
Salisbury Cathedral is spectacularly unique in being built almost entirely in one architectural style, Early English Gothic. Salisbury Cathedral has Britain’s tallest spire (123m/404ft) plus numerous famous literary connections.
You can enjoy a guided tour of the Salisbury Cathedral floor or book a tower tour and climb 332 steps to the base of the spire to enjoy magnificent views across Salisbury’s famous water meadows. Alternatively, explore by yourself and discover the world’s finest original Magna Carta, Europe’s oldest working clock and over 750 years of history. Choristers sing daily services with Evensong at 5.30pm Monday to Saturday or 4.30pm on Sunday.
In the 17th century it quite possibly was a riotous place, with taverns and alehouses occupying the buildings formerly inhabited by medieval clerics. Today, however, the Close is a peaceful haven of open green lawns and quiet roads ranged about the Cathedral, with a lovely mix of medieval and elegant Georgian dwellings. Some of the dwellings have been given over to other uses. One houses The Wardrobe Regimental Museum, home of the The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire.
Another is Mompesson House, an 18th Century, Georgian town house now owned by the National Trust. Still another is Kings House, now home to the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museums. The Medieval Hall, once the Deanery, is among the oldest buildings in the Close. Of course there is also Arundells, the home of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, which is now open to the public.
Take time to stroll about the Cathedral Close and enjoy an architecturally rich and tranquil atmosphere spanning almost 800 years.