Nestled in a quiet, leafy corner of the small medieval city lies Salisbury Cathedral. The cathedral is just shy of 800 years old and is home to the Magna Carta, possibly the oldest working clock in existence and Britain’s tallest spire (I could see it towering over my hotel roof).
Made on or before 1386, Salisbury Cathedral’s clock is not as you would imagine a clock to be, but it is typical of its period. The clock has no clock face! It is designed to only strike hours. Originally situated in the now demolished detached bell tower, the clock currently sits in the main aisle of the cathedral.
At the other end of the time spectrum, the cathedral’s font is a relatively new addition. It was designed by British water sculptor William Pye and installed in September 2008. It’s a bit different to your average church or cathedral font, don’t you think? Its 3-metre span allows for a total immersion baptism.
Whilst at Salisbury Cathedral, make sure you visit the Magna Carta Exhibition in the Chapter House. At its centre is the best preserved 1215 Magna Carta.
There’s so much to see at Salisbury Cathedral. Don’t forget to look up as well as down, while exploring the cathedral as the architecture is wonderful.
Salisbury Museum is just across the close from the cathedral and is well worth a visit (at the time of writing, it is home to the Terry Pratchett: HisWorld Exhibition).
Just a short drive outside of Salisbury lies the world-famous Stonehenge. Not to be missed if you’re in the area!