It is remarkable to think that Salisbury Cathedral is 800 years old! Construction was started during the reign of King Henry III, and just 5 years after the signing of the Magna Carta, upon which many of the laws of the UK and beyond hinge. In fact the best preserved copy of the Magna Carta is kept on display at Salisbury Cathedral. In October 2018 Mark Royden was convicted of attempting to steal the Magna Carta kept at Salisbury Cathedral. Judge Richard Parkes QC told jurors: "There is an irony that the charter of the Magna Carta that this defendant is charged with attempting to steal states that no free man may be imprisoned other than by the lawful judgment of his peers. "It still holds good and is in the process of the court right now."
Each year approximately 600,000 visitors from around the world visit the Cathedral and Close.
Salisbury Cathedral offers wheelchair and mobility scooter access to most areas of the cathedral, as well as the restaurant and shop, as well as having disabled toilets in the cloisters, which is where you will also find the Magna Carta.
click the photo below to look around Salisbury Cathedral
Past Exhibitions At Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral has held, and continues to hold, some truly spectacular artistic events with the likes of Ben Dearnley, Helaine Blemenfeld, Sean Henry, Sophie Ryder, and Ana Maria Pacheco. as well as 'Magna Flora', marking 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta, drawing in hundreds of thousands of additional visitors to this truly spectacular, and humbling, 800 year old masterpiece of Christian dedication.
click on the photograph to see photos of that exhibition