Great Britain has a great history, a great atmosphere and is home to some great heritage. Every town and city is home to many wonderful historic buildings, and perhaps the finest of them all are the cathedrals. Each of these iconic landmarks has witnessed many centuries of incidents, and because of this they are all surely worthy of a visit. Here are five of the very best.
This stunning cathedral dates back to the 13th century and it remains one of the most impressive examples of early English architecture. Salisbury is located in the south-west of England, and the grandiose design of the cathedral reflects the city’s importance in the religious history of Britain. It’s home to one of only four remaining original copies of the Magna Carta, and the Salisbury Cathedral Clock, reputed to be the oldest working clock in the world. Constructed in 1386, it has no traditional clock face at all.
Built in the early 20th century in the very heart of London, Westminster Cathedral is the largest Catholic church in England. It was designed by noted architect John Francis Bentley, who sadly died before it was completed. The cathedral is one of the most impressive landmarks in the capital, and if you’re intending to visit in the coming months it’s conveniently located just a short walk from the main railway terminus at Victoria.
St David’s Cathedral
St David’s is located in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and is the smallest city in the whole of the United Kingdom; with a population of around 2,000, it’s really more of a village. The cathedral is the final resting place of St David himself, the patron saint of Wales and an important figure in Welsh history. The highly celebrated choir performs a series of popular concerts on a regular basis. Although the cathedral is a little off the beaten track, it’s worth finding the time to hire a car in order to visit.
Also known as the High Kirk of Glasgow, this beautiful cathedral began life in the 12th century, and it remains one of the most iconic buildings in the whole of Scotland. The city’s patron saint, St Mungo, is buried in the lower crypt. The distinctive Gothic design is particularly impressive, and it’s worth noting that the cathedral, which has welcomed worshippers for more than 800 years, is still a busy and thriving church.
One of the largest churches in the Anglican world, Liverpool Cathedral is located in St James Road, close to the city centre. It owes much of its design to the celebrated Giles Gilbert Scott, a gifted individual who also created Battersea Power Station, Waterloo Bridge and the iconic British red telephone box. At 189 metres in length, Liverpool Cathedral is the second longest church building in the world – only St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican is longer.