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Salisbury & Surroundings

Best in Travel 2015Known as ‘the city in the countryside’, Salisbury is surrounded by a landscape so quintessentially English it’s almost too good to be true. If you pause on the edge of the water-meadows to take in the awesome sight of the Cathedral rising up from these lush green fields, it’s easy to understand why this was described as ‘Britain’s Best View’ by readers of Country Life magazine.

Within the Chapter House at Salisbury Cathedral you’ll find the best preserved of the four original Magna Carta manuscripts dating from 1215AD. 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of this momentous document and celebrations will be taking place throughout the year, prompting Lonely Planet to name Salisbury as one of the world’s Top 10 Cities to visit in 2015.

What makes Salisbury special?

With timbered buildings, an Early English Gothic Cathedral home to the famous Magna Carta, a thriving market, a buzzing arts scene, museums and some of England’s finest historic houses there are many things for you waiting to be explored…

Within the Cathedral Close you’ll find Arundells, Mompesson House, The Rifles Military Museum and the award-winning Salisbury Museum with its new Wessex Gallery.

Year-round events

There are plenty of events that take place in and around the city from the world-renowned Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival through to the annual Christmas Market. Arts venues include Salisbury Playhouse, the South West’s leading producing theatre, City Hall and Salisbury Arts Centre.

Shopping in Salisbury

Salisbury is great for shopping. Its historic streets are home to all your favourite stores, as well as independent retailers offering unusual items you won’t find on every high street. On Tuesdays and Saturdays (except the third Tuesday in October) the hustle and bustle of the historic Charter Market fills the Market Place and a whole array of other interesting markets take place throughout the year.

Salisbury food and drink

Eating out in Salisbury is a pleasure thanks to an enticing range of tea and coffee shops, pubs and restaurants, clubs and bars, with plenty on offer throughout the day and on into the early hours. As a result of this and the great array of events on offer, Salisbury has been awarded Purple Flag status – the ‘gold standard’ for a great night out.

Further Recommendations

So, now you know more about Salisbury and the surrounding areas, why not visit and see for yourself?

There's so much to see and do why not make a stay of it and book your short break.

To help get you started, you may wish to visit the pages below: 

Accommodation Things To Do Shopping Towns & Villages
Wiltshire Hotels Stonehenge Swindon Shopping Swindon
Wiltshire B&Bs Longleat Safari Park Salisbury Shopping Salisbury
Wiltshire Holiday Cottages Salisbury Market Amesbury
Swindon Hotels Family Attractions Bradford on Avon
Salisbury Hotels Seasonal Events
Longleat Hotels Walking Routes

Last but not least, before you plan any trip, it is always a good idea to get the latest travel information.

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Salisbury Highlights

Salisbury Highlights

Salisbury Cathedral

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