A guide to Salisbury

Did you know?

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    Salisbury Cathedral was moved stone by stone from its original location at Old Sarum in 1220 to where it is currently located. The cathedral also has a working 14th century clock, which is the oldest working clock in Britain and an original copy of the Magna Carta.
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    By early 20th century, Salisbury became known for its military links, with more servicemen living in the city and creating demand for facilities and amenities. To this day, military use of the nearby Salisbury Plain continues.
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    Salisbury hosts a market in the central square three times a week, and a monthly farmers market on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

Salisbury Area

Salisbury is a medieval Cathedral city in the county of Wiltshire. It sits nine miles south of the iconic prehistoric stone circle at Stonehenge, which stands on the grassland of Salisbury Plain. At the city’s heart is Salisbury Cathedral, a beacon that has attracted visitors for centuries and continues to do so today. The city’s ornate 13th century cathedral has the tallest spire in the United Kingdom, which rises to a colossal 404 feet. Surrounding the cathedral is a medieval city, made up of cobbled streets and historical buildings with modern amenities. Salisbury is exceptionally well located for access to the coast and West Country and there are direct trains to the capital.

Surrounding Villages

  • Wilton
    For over 400 years Wilton House has been the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke. With a charter market in the village square open for several hundred years, the tradition lives on with a weekly market every Thursday. Wilton has a very impressive Italianate church which hosts ceremonies and services throughout the year.
  • Tisbury
    Tisbury is a chocolate box village in the Nadder Valley, and with a direct train line to London it is an extremely desirable location for many. The pretty high street has many independent shops and retailers, including a fishmonger, butcher, bakery, several coffee shops and a fabulous delicatessen offering supplies from around the globe.
  • Broad Chalke
    Broad Chalke is a pretty village mostly made up of period houses set in the desirable Chalke Valley. There is a community run village shop in the old church, a coffee shop and music room for local events. The village pub is a popular stopping off point for walkers strolling through the valley.
  • Downton
    Downton lies to the south of Salisbury and is a thriving village with a junior and senior school, local supermarket, village hall and church, coffee shop, doctor’s surgery, dentist and a few independent retailers along ‘The Borough’. The village hosts many events including the annual ‘Cuckoo Fair’ along with a Maypole dance on the village green.