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  • 1. History

    The city was officially founded in 1220, however it is believed that the area had been a settlement for many years prior to this. The area was controlled by both the Normans and the Romans and there is evidence to suggest that there was once a Neolithic settlement in the area. The town as we know it today was established by the Bishop Richard Poore who decided to build both a n...Read moreew town and cathedral on his estate. Read less

  • 2. Now

    The city today has a population of just over 50,000 and is situated in Wiltshire, the rural heartland of Southern England. It offers a wide range of places to stay as well as shopping, activities and annual events. The market which takes place every Tuesday and Saturday has been in existence since 1227. Salisbury mixes the rustic with the contemporary to make it one of the most...Read more pleasant cities in the UK. Read less

  • 3. Events

    Each year Salisbury hosts a myriad of events that are fun for the whole family. These events are as enjoyable as they are varied and there’s always something going on that will suit the needs of everyone. Such events include the International Arts Festival, the St George’s Day Celebration, the Winterfest and many more. No matter what your hobbies and interests, there is bou...Read morend to be something that is perfect for you. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    Perhaps Salisbury’s most famous attraction is of course the mysterious Stonehenge, which is located a mere eight miles from the city. Stonehenge is one of the country’s (and the world’s) most recognisable landmarks and it is still shrouded in mystery to this day. The precise date of its creation is still unknown but most archaeologists agree that is was earlier than 2000 ...Read moreBC! Stonehenge is recognised as a World Heritage Site since it was accepted onto the list in 1986. Previously known as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Salisbury Cathedral is an exquisite example of early English architecture and one of the most beautiful buildings in the country. The Cathedral is home to an extraordinary amount of history. It has, for example, both the the oldest functioning clock in the world and the best surviving copy of the Magna Carta - a crucial document in the history of British politics. Salisbury also has fantastic stately homes, which are amongst some of the most picturesque in England. These include Stourhead, Wilton House, Breamore and Longleat. Not only are they beautiful in their own right but many of them have scenic gardens that are open to the public. You may recognise some of these locations from both the small and the big screen as they are a popular choice for directors in TV and film. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    Salisbury and the surrounding countryside is perfect for those who like to cycle or enjoy a country walk. It has many well maintained footpaths, cycle paths and country lanes which are ideal for those who like nothing better than experiencing the great outdoors and the joys of rural England. There are routes to suit any ability whether you want a trip that will push you to you...Read morer limit or one that will let you take your time and enjoy your surroundings at a more leisurely pace. Salisbury also has three different golf clubs each with its own fantastically maintained course and clubhouse. The rolling hills and high quality grass that Wiltshire is renowned for make Salisbury a great destination for golfers. Three really is the magic number as Salisbury also has three leisure centres which offer a huge range of activities that are fun for all the family. These include tennis, badminton, squash, swimming and a soft play area for young children. The leisure centres are also equipped with top of the range gym equipment for those who fancy a comprehensive workout. Read less

  • 6. Business

    Salisbury has some of the best pubs and restaurants in the whole of England. The range is massive from Italian, Indian, Thai, Chinese and of course traditional English - Salisbury has it all. The choice of venue is varied and extensive and there is something to suit everyone’s taste buds and pocket! For those who want to experience some great nightlife then Salisbury can acc...Read moreommodate this as well. It has its fair share of lively nightclubs that can promise a great night out for everyone. A single day is nowhere near enough time to experience all that Salisbury has to offer, so you will no doubt be in need of some accommodation. Salisbury has some top class hotels, bed and breakfasts and inns. An excellent choice of camping and caravan sites are also available. Read less

  • 7. Transport

    Salisbury is very accessible with great rail and road links. There is a direct line between the city and the capital and the journey takes about an hour and a half by train. The city is can be reached directly by rail from many of the UK’s major cities and rail hubs including Bath, Portsmouth, Bristol and Cardiff. There are regular bus and coach services to the city and the c...Read morelosest motorway is the M27. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment

    Salisbury offers a lot in terms of entertainment and is a great cultural destination. Perhaps the best venue in Salisbury is City Hall. It offers some of the best live music performances and is host to some of the most successful stand up comedians in the country. Ballet performances and variety acts are also a common feature as well as performances aimed at children. The Salis...Read morebury Arts Centre hosts a wide range of workshops including dance, art and theatre. It also has a well stocked cafe that serves all manner of food and drink. The building itself is a work of art in its own right and is grade two listed. The centre is very accessible and is located 20 minutes from the train station and a short stroll from the bus station. Salisbury Playhouse is the leading theatre company and performance venue in the South West and each year puts on some spectacular productions. With over 500 seats in a beautiful venue the playhouse is an ideal setting for any performance. Whether you want to see something contemporary and daring or a classical Shakespeare epic, Salisbury Playhouse can cater for all tastes. There are also a variety of shows designed for a younger audience and promise to be fun for all the family. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    The region’s most famous landmark is of course Stonehenge. This iconic monument really has to be seen to be believed and is the best example of prehistoric architecture in the world.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    At 404 feet Salisbury cathedral’s spire is the tallest in the country. The spire was originally constructed in 1320 and still remains in perfect condition to this day – a testimony to the quality of its masonry.


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