Cathedral and Cathedral Close Tour of Salisbury, Salisbury

Salisbury Cathedral is renowned throughout the world. The Cathedral Close is a marvelous setting for the 13th-century Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, otherwise known as Salisbury Cathedral. Take this tour to stroll around Salisbury's most famous landmarks and appreciate the stunning architecture and craftsmanship of the Cathedral and Close.
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Cathedral and Cathedral Close Tour of Salisbury Map

Guide Name: Cathedral and Cathedral Close Tour of Salisbury
Guide Location: England » Salisbury (See other walking tours in Salisbury)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: Sandra
High Street Gate

1) High Street Gate (must see)

High Street Gate was built in the mid-13th century and is the main entrance into the Close. It‘s one of four gates around the Cathedral. The Gate has a portcullis that is still locked in the evening and reopened in the morning. There is a solitary sculpture of a knight on the inner side of the wall and a Royal Coat of Arms on the outer side. The Porter's Lodge building is at High Street Gate. The porter’s post was once very prestigious among...   view more
The Matron's College

2) The Matron's College

The Matron's College was built in 1682 as a permanent residence for about 10 widows of the Exeter diocese clergy. The Matron's College remains a charitable institution to this day. Originally applicants to the college had to be widows with money who were over 50, sober-minded and religious. Today the charitable Matron's College caters to local single women. The college building has a striking crest of arms on the...   view more
Mompesson House

3) Mompesson House (must see)

Mompesson House is an elegant Queen Anne-style house, which was built in 1701 for the Mompessons, a prominent merchant family. Today it is under the protection of the National Trust. Its spacious interior features a carved timber staircase, original paneling and fine plasterwork. The apartments are furnished in period style. Mompesson House displays Captain Turnbull's collection of 18th-century drinking glasses. There is a charming walled garden adjacent to the...   view more
Medieval Hall & Old Deanery

4) Medieval Hall & Old Deanery (must see)

The Old Deanery was built in the 1270s and served as the primary accommodations for the Deans for more than 700 years. Today the Deanery encompasses three medieval houses along the River Avon, which remain in perfect condition after extensive restorations in 1963, 1982 and 1995. The Medieval Hall is the complex's Banqueting Hall. The hall has a timber-framed roof and stone walls. Inside you will find the High Table, the old hearth and an original 13th-century wall painting. 'Secrets of...   view more
The Rifles (Berkshire & Wiltshire) Museum

5) The Rifles (Berkshire & Wiltshire) Museum (must see)

The Rifles (Berkshire & Wiltshire) Museum opened in 1981. The museum occupies a building that was constructed in 1254. The primary shape of the main hall and two service annexes still remains, but the current layout was established during a reconstruction in the 19th century. The Rifles (Berkshire & Wiltshire) Museum is also known as The Wardrobe, because it was used as a depot and administrative base by clergymen. The museum collection showcases the heritage of the County Regiments of...   view more
Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum

6) Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum (must see)

Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, commonly known as Salisbury Museum houses one of the best collections relating to Stonehenge and local archaeology. The museum itself is housed in The King's House, a Grade I listed building, where King James I of England was entertained in 1610 and 1613. Set in the surroundings of the Salisbury Cathedral Close, the museum faces the west front of Salisbury Cathedral.

The original three-storey building with mullioned and transomed windows, ornate...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Salisbury Cathedral

7) Salisbury Cathedral (must see)

Salisbury Cathedral, formally known as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is an Anglican cathedral in Salisbury and is considered one of the leading examples of Early English architecture. The cathedral has the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom (123m/404 ft). Visitors can take the "Tower Tour" where the interior of the hollow spire, with its ancient wood scaffolding, can be viewed. The cathedral also has the largest cloister and the largest cathedral close in...   view more
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Sarum College

8) Sarum College

Sarum College, built in 1677, is listed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Salisbury and Wells Theological College occupied the building until Sarum College took over in 1995. The college has a large theological library, with a collection of 35,000 titles. In addition to providing space for theological classes, the college building serves as a conference center as...   view more
The Bishop's Palace

9) The Bishop's Palace

The Bishop’s Palace, built in 1220, was the first structure erected in the Close. The west annex of the palace is the oldest, with the Bishop`s great hall located on the lower floor. The tower at the east annex and the colossal new great hall were built a century later. The Bishop’s Palace has had many interior renovations over the years. It has served as a residence for kings and bishops, a meeting place for Parliament and even as apartments and an ale house during the Civil War. It is now...   view more
Malmesbury House

10) Malmesbury House (must see)

The fascinating Malmesbury House was a 13th-century canonry. Currently the house displays the personal belongings of the Harris family, who lived in the house beginning in 1660. It was later one of the residences of the Earls of Malmesbury. The house has a remarkable blue and gold sundial that dates back to 1749. The interior features fine rococo plasterwork and a beautiful staircase. It is famous for the legends of its former owners, as well as its secret rooms, peepholes and rumored ghost. You...   view more
St. Ann Gate & Close Wall

11) St. Ann Gate & Close Wall (must see)

St. Ann Gate is the east entrance to the Close. The Wall and the Gate were built in the 14th century. Before 1330 a channel of water from the River Avon divided the Close from the town. For the construction of the wall surrounding the Cathedral, blocks were taken from Old Sarum Cathedral. St. Ann Gate is stone gatehouse, and it formerly served as a canonry. It is famous for the fact that the composer Handel gave his first public concert in Salisbury in the house above the...   view more

Walking Tours in Salisbury, England

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Create Your Own Walk in Salisbury

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Art Galleries Tour of Salisbury

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Places Of Worship Tour of Salisbury

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Nightlife Walk

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Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Wilton Landmarks Walk

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Harnham Landmarks Walk

Harnham Landmarks Walk

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Historic Houses Tour of Salisbury

Historic Houses Tour of Salisbury

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km