In Salisbury

Salisbury, Wiltshire

Think you know Salisbury? How many of these places have you been to or spotted on your travels? There are many treasures to be discovered in and around our historic city.

St Thomas' Church, Salisbury

1. The Medieval Doom Painting

Set within St Thomas’ Church, in the city centre. This painting can be found above the chancel arch and depicts the judgement of the dead between heaven and hell. At the time of the Reformation, the painting was whitewashed and was hidden behind a wooden panel. It wasn’t until 1819 that the painting was rediscovered.

St Ann's Street, Salisbury

2. St Ann’s Street

Make the short stroll from the Cathedral Close up to St Ann Street where you will find interesting examples of Georgian architecture and the Jacobean façade of the Joiners’ Hall. The street was initially built as a way to travel between the Cathedral and St Martin’s Church.

Harnham, Salisbury

3. Harnham Bridge

Also known as the Ayleswade Bridge, this bridge leads from the ward of Harnham towards the centre of Salisbury. It was built in 1244 and sits proudly along some handsome houses.

Malmesbury House, Salisbury

4. Malmesbury House

Although not open to the general public, you can catch glimpses of Malmesbury House from within the Cathedral Close. King Charles II lived in the house in 1665 after fleeing London to escape from the plague and it’s also reputed that composer Handel made his first English performance in the house’s music room.

Queen Elizabeth Gardens, Salisbury

5. Queen Elizabeth Gardens

Make the short walk from the High Street and come into Queen Elizabeth Gardens with riverside walk, flower beds and views of the Cathedral spire.

Pepperbox Hill, Salisbury

6. Pepperbox Hill

Just off the A36 towards Southampton, a walk around Pepperbox Hill offers fantastic views across to the city. The ‘Pepperbox’ brick folly is under the care of the National Trust and was probably used for ladies to follow the hunt.

Old Mill Hotel, Salisbury

7. The Old Mill at Harnham

Head out of the city centre on the Town Path and you will arrive at The Old Mill at Harnham – a popular spot with the locals for a spot of lunch and a great place to feed the ducks too! Inside the pub you’ll find the mill race, where you can see the water rushing through.

Broad Chalke

8. The watercress beds of the Chalke Valley

The village of Broad Chalke, to the south west of Salisbury is home to watercress farms which are fed by the spring water from the Chalke hills.

Bread Stones, Great Wishford

9. The bread stones of Great Wishford

The village of Great Wishford is just five miles northwest of Salisbury. As well as some pretty cottages, nice walks and beautiful countryside surrounding the village, the village is home to St Giles’ Church. On the northeast corner of the churchyard’s wall you’ll find the Bread stones, where the price of bread has been recorded from Napoleonic times to the millennium.

Figsbury Ring

10. Figsbury Ring

For fantastic views over to Salisbury, explore the Iron Age hill fort at Figsbury Ring. The area is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is home to rare plants and wild flowers.

Find out more about what to see and do in Salisbury and book your city break today.

And if you have any hidden gems of Salisbury that we haven’t mentioned, please comment below!

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