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Salisbury, England

Described as the City in the Countryside, Salisbury in the south of the UK’s Wiltshire retains much of its historic past and makes an excellent short break destination. With timbered buildings, an Early English Gothic Cathedral home to the famous Magna Carta, a thriving market (market held on Tuesdays and Saturdays –  8am-4pm) , a buzzing arts scene, museums and some of England’s finest historic houses waiting to be explored.Fall in love with Salisbury Within the Cathedral Close there is a lot to be explored including Arundells, Mompesson House, The Rifles Military Museum and the award-winning Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum with its Stonehenge Gallery.

Find out more about some of the great things to do and see why you will fall in love with the city…There are plenty of events that take place in and around the city and we have some great shopping too! If you are looking for places to eat then you’ll be in for a treat as there are many types of restaurant and an excellent range of pubs to head to.

In autumn 2012 Salisbury was awarded Purple Flag status. Purple Flag is an award issued to towns or cities that offer a ‘gold standard’ for their centres at night. Purple Flag towns and cities have proved that they are welcoming to everyone, offer safe ways for people to travel home and provide a good mix of venues. Purple Flag towns and cities benefit from more visitors, lower crime and anti-social behaviour and improved perceptions of centres. Find out more about the city’s Purple Flag status.

Information Courtesy of – http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/

A Brief History

Superbly situated in southern England’s rural heartland, medieval Salisbury is the perfect fusion of ancient and modern.

The city lies at the confluence of five rivers and the awe-inspiring sight of the Cathedral with the tallest spire in England is often described as ‘Britain’s best view’.

Voted one of the world’s Top Ten Cities by Lonely Planet, Salisbury is the perfect destination for visitors with its first class arts venues, great shopping, museums, stunning gardens, historic architecture and a huge range of eating options.

The story of Salisbury began 2,500 years ago when an Iron Age hill fort was built at Old Sarum about two miles north of today’s city centre.

The modern city of Salisbury began about the year 1217 when the Bishop decided to move his seat from Old Sarum to land owned by the church south of the hill.

By 1219 Salisbury had a market and an annual fair. Medieval Salisbury was very successful partly because it was on the road from Wilton to Southampton and from London to Exeter.

Work on Salisbury Cathedral began in 1220 and continued until 1258. The tower and spire were added in 1334. The Bishop’s Palace was also built in the 13th century.

Don’t Miss

Find out more about the attractions in and around Salisbury from the spectacular early English gothic Cathedral and best preserved Magna Carta through to the iconic site of Stonehenge, just nine miles north of the city. Salisbury City Guides offer medieval tours of the city and can provide foreign language speaking guides.

Enjoy walking the medieval streets and soaking up the history and heritage from the 18th century merchant’s dwelling Mompesson House to Arundells, the home of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, and on to The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum and Salisbury Museum housing one of Europe’s most extensive collections of Stonehenge and prehistoric artefacts. Stroll along footpaths in the pretty countryside surrounding the city, take a walk along the water meadows with stunning views of the Cathedral or take part in other leisure activities from cycling to golf or even skydiving!

Do you have what it takes to solve the clues, puzzles and challenges at two of the city’s Escape Rooms – Salisbury Escape Room and Live Escape Salisbury.

Salisbury has more than its fair share of parks and green spaces where you can relax over a picnic or enjoy a romantic stroll. The Cathedral Close, in particular, is an oasis of peace and tranquillity within its mighty wooden gates and massive stone walls.

Arts venues include Salisbury Playhouse, City Hall and Salisbury Arts Centre and at Fisherton Mill visitors can explore a treasure trove of amazing artwork in the largest independent art gallery in the South West.

Well Connected

Salisbury is approximately 90 minutes’ drive away from London and around 50 minutes from the ports of Portsmouth, Poole and Southampton. It is on the main train line from London to Exeter. There are regular National Express coach services into Salisbury from London, Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Bath, Bristol and the Midlands. Salisbury is only 90 minutes from London Waterloo by train.

Nearby Attractions

The World Heritage Site of Stonehenge is nine miles north of Salisbury with its new visitor centre. Visit the iron age fort Old Sarum just two miles to the north of the city or the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection at Old Sarum Airfield charting the story of flight in the UK.

Salisbury Christmas Market

With beautifully decorated chalets, inspiring and desirable gifts and gourmet foods, a warm welcome from stall holders, a Father Christmas Grotto, a spectacular lantern procession, and traditional music by local choirs and schools to serenade you while you shop, we hope we have all the ingredients for the perfect traditional Christmas.

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