The Queen's Head

1 North Street, Broad Chalke, Salisbury, SP5 5EN, United Kingdom
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The best value gym in Salisbury

by Lifestyles

This is my local gym is called the Guilder Lane Centre and I have been coming here for years. The maanager is called Trish and she's great. There is a choice of air biking, Body Max, Sports Injury Clinic, yoga, Acupuncture and Alexander Technique. The are male and female changing rooms with showers, althrough there are no lockers.

There is a friendly atmosphere and a great place to meet people. Own towels to use the gym and plenty of water, althrough you can get some. Air biking is thirsty work.

Sarum Castle

by LouiseTopp

Old Sarum is windswept and mysterious. It started life out as a Iron age hill fort, then the Romans arrived & began calling it Soverodonium. A few years old when the Romans departed the Normans pulled up in England & renamed it Sarum. Sarum on the edge of Salisbury where the city first began, there’s evidence of a much smaller cathedrals you can see it’s outline from the air; just jump out of a plane & you’ll see what I mean! Near bye is a caravan site, & a farm; sheep once roamed the embankments. Serum’s just a ruin now owned by English Heritage, there’s a small fee to get in. There’s a deep moat which my cousin fell into last year while coming back from the pub tipsy, there’s no water in it just overgrown grass. Strange things have been seen on the battlements, & there’s even tales about a ghostly battle. A man tried to pinch the money from the office once & fell into the dungeon; he was let out by staff the following day!

Some people have said that earth energies run through the site. Dowsers have shown that a strong, powerful leyline runs from Stonehenge, through Old Sarum, Salisbury Cathedral & on to Clearbury Ring. The Doomsday Book was to a degree printed at Old Sarum, where, upon the book's close, William the Conqueror called up England's land owners to state their duty.

Hundreds of rabbits live on the banks of the castle, they come out in crowds when they think everyone has gone home. The area is good for dog walkers, & the embankments are dotted with holes made by the rabbit’s; if not then they got some bloody big mole’s up there!

Salisbury Cathedral

by eschroeder12

England’s finest medieval cathedral, and is unusual because it was all built at the same time with none of the subsequent additions of most other cathedrals. This gives it a very pleasing unity of appearance. Construction commenced in 1220, with most of the work complete by 1258.

It has the tallest spire (404 ft) of all the English cathedrals, with this having been extended subsequent to the Cathedral’s initial construction. The extra 6500 tons of tower and spire have caused the support columns in the church to visibly buckle under the weight.

Notwithstanding this, and some crumbling of the exterior decoration, the church is generally well preserved. It also has an extensive Cloisters and Close, as well as one of the four remaining originals of the Magna Carta (the British equivalent of the US Constitution, signed in 1215), and the oldest working clock in all Europe (built in 1386).

Mompesson House

by spidermiss

A Queen Anne's townhouse on Cathedral Close was built for Charles Mompesson in 1701. It's worth having a look inside the house for its interior decor. The walled garden is worthwhile exploring and to relax in the wonderful tearoom enjoying afternoon tea and escaping from the city's distractions.

It cost 5.50 GBP to look around but free to National Trust Members.

Old Sarum

by Sjalen

Salisbury's proper name really is New Sarum and this is the old part of a very ancient city. SItuated just a few minutes outside Salisbury, this hill was populated in prehistoric times when a ditch was dug and tribes lived here. Then the Romans took over the site before it was settled by the Normans in medieval days when William the Conqueror expanded it. It is from this time onwards that the various palace ruins are from. There was an old and a new palace but today both are in ruins. It is still a nice place to stroll around though, and you get information on what has been where. As you are at the top of the hill, you can also look down and it is quite fascinating to think that there was once a thriving town below the fortress. It also had a cathedral which you see the foundation layer of in a corner below the hill. This all fell into decline when the church and the king started to disagree and the bishop decided to move the cathedral to what is now Salisbury. The web site below will tell you what it might have looked like in its heydays. There are great city views from Old Sarum back towards Salisbury and its cathedral. You can see more on my Old Sarum page. From up here, you also get great views back to Salisbury (see second photo).


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