Salisbury History & Heritage
Salisbury has a long history and remains of the city’s past can be seen throughout the city still to this day.
The original site of the city can be found at Old Sarum. Old Sarum was originally an Iron Age hill fort, reused by the Romans, Saxons and Normans. With tensions at Old Sarum between the church and army, a decision was made to relocate the city and the new cathedral was founded around two miles south.
New Sarum – the modern day Salisbury
New Sarum, which became what is now the city of Salisbury developed in the medieval times with the Cathedral at the heart of the city.
The centre of the city is still laid out in a medieval ‘grid’ system and some of the streets still retain names of the old chequers like Blue Boar Row, which was the home of the Blue Boar Chequer.
See a medieval ‘doom’ painting in St Thomas’ Church in the city centre, our Market Place which has been holding regular markets since receiving its charter in 1227 and discover examples of other architectural styles including Georgian and Queen Anne buildings.
Learn more about Salisbury’s history on a visit to The Salisbury Museum, within the Cathedral Close or by joining Salisbury City Guides for one of their regular city walks.
The World Heritage Site of Stonehenge is just eight miles north of Salisbury. Outstanding exhibition galleries at the Stonehenge visitor centre explain the stone circle’s historic context and are well worth visiting.