The City of Salisbury
Salisbury is a beautiful cathedral city set amidst the picturesque Wiltshire countryside. It is home to many world-famous attractions both in the city and in the surrounding areas including the UK’s tallest spire, the most well preserved of the four surviving Magna Carta documents, the oldest working clock, Old Sarum an iron age hillfort and the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Stonehenge.
This vibrant city has more than just exciting history to offer. Salisbury Playhouse is one of the most well regarded production theatres in the country, while the Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Salisbury Food Festival put on fantastic and cultural events throughout the year. There is a thriving market, and a unique selection of independent shops, cafes and restaurants leaving visitors with a shopping experience unlike any other.
Food and Drink
There is no shortage of choice when it comes to eating and going out in Salisbury. With all manner of international cuisine available there is something for everyone whether you’re looking for a comforting pub roast, coffee and a croissant to-go, a flavoursome Thai, a freshly baked pizza, or a gourmet deli sandwich. Alongside our restaurants and cafes are a fine selection of pubs and bars offering live music, guest ales and much more.
For further details, see Visit Salisbury’s Food and Drink pages
Salisbury is home to several boutiques, independent shops and high street chains giving shoppers the best of both when it comes to their Salisbury shopping experience. Accompanied by a range of galleries and arts and crafts shops there is something exciting around every street corner, so it's well worth taking the time exploring them. We have three shopping centres: The Old George Mall, The Cross Keys and The Maltings which can be found at New Canal and the High Street, Winchester Street and Queen Street, and from the Market Square and Fisherton Street respectively. Additionally, Salisbury has an exemplary collection of galleries, most notably Fisherton Mill Gallery and Café, or the Young Gallery on the Market Square. For further information on shopping in Salisbury see the Visit Salisbury pages
Salisbury offers a wealth of accommodation in the form of hospitable bed and breakfasts, city centre and cathedral view hotels, as well as a fine selection of self-catered accommodation options in and near to Salisbury. The city and surrounding area has no shortage of excellent places to stay. No matter your budget or specific requirements, there is lots of choice to cater to all your needs when booking your visit in Salisbury. For further information on where to stay in Salisbury see the Visit Salisbury pages
Salisbury boasts an incredible 5000 years of history all of which is waiting to be explored by you. There is something for everyone whether you’re interested in historical attractions, stately homes, or the Arts.
The magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, set in our beautiful Cathedral Close, is home to one of only four remaining Magna Carta which can be found in the Cathedral’s Chapter House with its new, interactive exhibition.
Also in The Close is the award winning Salisbury Museum with one of Europe’s most extensive collections of pre-historic artefacts. The Museum hosts an impressive range of historic collections, exhibitions, and activities throughout the year at its historic King’s House location.
Arundell’s, the home of former prime minister Sir Ted Heath, and its beautiful gardens are situated to the west of The Close. Home to much of Sir Ted Heath’s personal collections and memorabilia the house is open to the public on Sir Heath’s request so that the beauty of the house and grounds could be shared with all.
The National Trust’s Mompesson House, also in The Close, is another fine example of the rich architecture available in Salisbury, featuring a portion of the film set to 1995’s Sense and Sensibility and an impressive collection of glassware and period furniture.
Salisbury Playhouse is nationally recognised and locally adored for the spectacular range and persistently high quality of performances it produces and hosts, including the annual Christmas Pantomime. For an unrivalled selection of comedy, music, or drama, take the time to visit Salisbury Arts Centre where you are sure to find an event to your taste
Easily accessible and well worth exploring are the nearby Wilton House, Old Sarum and the world heritage site at Stonehenge. Approximately 45 minutes away are Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat and Mottisfont Abbey. The vibrant cities of Bath, Winchester, and Southampton are also only a small distance away.
You can find more information on events and attractions in Salisbury at the Visit Salisbury website