I'm getting more interested in traveling to view Magna Cartas because it looks like I've seen three out of four 1215 copies plus two others. However it's very difficult to get a concrete answer as to where the non-1215 copies reside in order to view them.

The 1215 copies are on view at:

  • the British Library (x2)
  • Salisbury Cathedral
  • Lincoln Castle

Wikipedia lists another 10 on view at:

  • the Bodleian Library (1217 x3 and 1225)
  • Durham Cathedral (1216, 1217 and 1225)
  • Hereford Cathedral (1217)
  • the Australian Parliament, Canberra, Australia (1297)
  • the National Archives, Washington D.C., U.S.A (1297. The only privately owned copy.)

The British locations align with the list at a dedicated Magna Carta website but it's hard to say if this list is exhaustive. To confuse matters the Hereford Cathedral copy (at a minimum) is going on tour through some of the U.S. in the coming year.

Are there any other permanent locations of Magna Cartas that people know of?

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    No, it's on-topic, because it's about travel to see historical things. Nov 29, 2013 at 2:55
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    I specifically want to know about their locations. If someone posted an answer that said how many Magna Cartas there were still existing, that would be related to history but be of zero use and would not answer the question.
    – dlanod
    Nov 29, 2013 at 3:45
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    A weird sense of completionism. When I find I've done X of Y of something, I get the urge to do the remainder just so I can say I've done/seen/been to them all. It might be states of a country, or types of penguins, or South American camelid species, or (in this case) Magna Cartas.
    – dlanod
    Nov 29, 2013 at 8:11
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    Regarding off-topic, I've edited the question to make it clear I want to know the locations. See similar gardens to Versailles or peaks over 6,000m or hi-tech toilets or man-only places.
    – dlanod
    Nov 29, 2013 at 8:42
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    Is there actually a comprehensive list of all magna cartas WITHOUT their locations?
    – uncovery
    Dec 18, 2013 at 2:18

2 Answers 2


The four extant 1215 copies are on view at:

Part of the problem of making a complete list is that different sources given different total of extant copies, however the exhaustive list can be found in the sale catalog produced by Sotheby's for the sale of the Magna Carta in private hands.

There are 17 pre-1300 copies surviving. There are four 1215 copies, a single 1216 issue, four 1217 copies, four 1225 copies and four 1297 copies. Other sources have different totals, and part of the confusion may be about Durham Cathedral's third copy - Durham Cathedral lists it as a copy from 1300, but a number of other sites list it as being from 1217.

Calling them out separately as is common practice, the pre-1300 publications reside at:

According to the Magna Carta's 800th anniversary map, we now have the set of pre-1300 locations right. Interestingly this actually differs from the same site's list of locations.

The engrossments from 1300 are located at/in the archives of:

  • Having managed to establish that there's a PDF copy of the Sotheby's Magna Carta catalog and there's a copy here I finally manage to fill in the remaining two missing copies.
    – dlanod
    Feb 28, 2014 at 22:32
  • hah, I read about that new one as well, was going to come and add to this too :)
    – Mark Mayo
    Feb 12, 2015 at 2:40

Comprehensive list, not really. It depends what you mean by 'copies' of the Magna Carta. There were only four official ones at the time of signing, and as you've indicated, and I've found as well, they're the only ones in existence, at:

  • two at the British Library
  • Salisbury Cathedral (I saw this one)
  • Lincoln Cathedral

Then in later years, official copies were issued. It's hard to know how many there are of these, but 4 king-signed ones were issued in 1297, by King Edward the 1st. One of these is in the US (National Archives, Washington DC).

However, given the impending 800 year celebration, arguably one of the most defining lists of them is on the official 800 year celebration website.

This lists the original copies, as above, as well as:

  • Durham
  • Hereford
  • Oxford

It's worth noting from the list of exemplifications that you missed the burnt Dover Castle copy is on display at the British Library as well.

  • I believe the burnt Dover Castle copy is one of the 1215 copies accounted for in "the British Library (x2)".
    – dlanod
    Jan 6, 2014 at 1:29
  • @dlanod yeah I thought it might be, but wasn't sure being in the list of exemplifications. I'm intrigued by the on in Canberra, if I'm up there I may have a look see.
    – Mark Mayo
    Jan 6, 2014 at 1:57
  • The Canberra one is definitely worth seeing if you hadn't encountered a Magna Carta before. Can I admit to some private amusement that your answer doesn't include any Magna Cartas that I didn't list in the question, complete with same reference links? :) I concede the point of the answer is the first four words.
    – dlanod
    Jan 6, 2014 at 3:07
  • @dlanod I saw it as confirmation that your research was valid :) I actually found the first two links independently, and would consider that anniversary site to be official enough to confirm :) But yes, I was bemused too when I noticed.
    – Mark Mayo
    Jan 6, 2014 at 3:12

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