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1215 Magna Carta

See the best preserved of only four surviving 1215 Magna Carta documents in our family-friendly exhibition.

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1215 Magna Carta

We are home to the best preserved of only four surviving copies of the 1215 Magna Carta. The other copies are held in The British Library and Lincoln Castle.

Learn about this extraordinary document and its legacy in an multimedia exhibition that has been updated to explore our rights and freedoms during lockdown, and the Black Lives Matter protest.
 
Discover how the parchment on which Magna Carta is written was made, and how it has become an internationally known symbol of freedom and justice.
 
Enjoy the atmosphere in the beautiful Chapter House, which was at the heart of the Cathedral's administration for centuries. Study the glorious medieval carved stone frieze depicting scenes from the first two books of the Bible, and look our for the life-like carved heads below the frieze.
 
Entry comes with your Cathedral admission ticket. You will be asked to show it before you enter (max 10 people at a time). Booking for Cathedral admission is essential as numbers are restricted due to social distancing.

 

Visiting times

You can visit the Magna Carta exhibition:

 

Monday – Saturday: 10.30 – 16.00

 

Visitor access is sometimes restricted, especially during Easter and Christmas. Please check our Closures page for details.