Salisbury Travel Guide

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    Salisbury Cathedral
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    Not much people around here
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  • A king used to live here??
    A king used to live here??
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Salisbury Highlights

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     Cathedral, architecture, Old Sarum, Stonehenge 

  • Con
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     Not big in attractions compared to other historic cities! 

  • In a nutshell
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     The finest medieval cathedral in Britain. 

Salisbury Things to Do

  • Salisbury Cathedral Tower Tour

    I love towers, spires and everything that gives you a panoramic view over a place. As Salisbury's cathedral spire is the highest in England (123m), I wanted to go up there. Fortunately, this was possible within the Tower Tour. A guide will take you on a 2-hour tour through the beams and up the spire and you will learn countless interesting facts...

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  • Salisbury Cathedral

    Salisbury Cathedral is remarkable among the numerous English Gothic cathedrals: it was completed in one go, in only 45 years. Given the fact that this was accomplished in the 13th century, it is really incredible how little time the builders needed. The tower was built a century later, and to learn more about it you should invest £10 in the highly...

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  • Harnham Mills

    A gentle stroll across the water meadow will take you to the site of the Old Mill. It is a great area which is rich in flora and fauna. The Old Mill is still standing and has been sympathetically transformed into a great restaurant and hotel. The bar/restaurant has some great outdoor seating which overlooks the river - just the thing for a nice...

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  • Walk along the Water Meadow

    Just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the City Centre you can find yourself amidst leafy parkland. There are some great level paths which meander their way through the water meadow which is home to an abundance of wildlife. The path is extremely popular with walkers and cyclists alike. As you walk along the path you will get some great...

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  • Cathedral Close

    This is a fantastic green, leafy area surrounding the Cathedral. It is a great area to walk around and admire the beautiful houses. The Salisbury Rifles Museum can also be found here.

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  • Wetherspoons - The Kings Head

    This is a great looking building situated alongside the banks of the river. As with most Wetherspoon pubs the exterior is sadly reflected inside and as you go in it's just a regular modernised pub which serves food and drink at reasonable prices. This particular Wetherspoons also offers affordable accomodation.

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Salisbury Restaurants

  • Horse and Groom pub

    This pub can be found along the busy Wilton Road, there is outside seating in a little garden. Inside is log fires and wood beamed celings. The landlord has two cute dogs which walk around. The pub is situated just along from the law courts and has lots of events going on. i think it is on the site of an older building, but I cant be sure. The...

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  • Fish and Chips

    This fish and chips shop is close to the central station. In this informal atmosphere, you will have a large choice of british unhealthy, but tasty food: Pies, cornish pastries, fish and chips (of course) and almost everything you can fry. Take away prices are a little cheaper than in-house prices, but that concept is normal in the UK. Staff is...

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  • Traditional pub

    This is a traditional pub with a simple menu. Originally the building was two sixteenth century cathedral servants' cottages. It is listed in the Good Beer Guide. I had the Wiltshire Lamb Chops and they were very good.

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Salisbury Nightlife

  • Place to meet a friend

    On the outskirts of Salisbury next to football grounds is the Laverstock social club. It’s at 23 Church Road, Laverstock down a small drive which leads to a car park which is also used by the sports club. All though out the week in the evenings people come here to meet with friends, it’s seen a lot of redevelopment but it looks a lot nicer then it...

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  • Great beer Garden

    This pub has one great feature : a beer garden with a view over to the Cathedral. A very plesent beer garden it is to.The pub itself is a reasonable place, a bit of a rabbit warren, but with plenty of low beamed rooms in that authentic English pub look. The beer is not the greatest, and food was only average - but who's complaining witha pint a...

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  • Seasoned professional takes issue....

    In weighs the promotions manager with a righteous duty to say nice things. Here's the thing, Tone, I'm a Licensee and have been since 2000; I had one of the big pubs in Salisbury and several of the outlying pubs and restaurants; pubs and bars in Southampton and Bournemouth. I've been there, seen it, done and am currently wearing the t-shirt......

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Salisbury Transportation

  • The Stonehenge Tour bus

    If you wish to visit Stonehenge on your own without a guide or tour package, then this is one option to consider. Take the Southwest train from London Waterloo station to Salisbury (£ 44 return) that leaves at 8:20 am so that you'll arrive in Salisbury at about 9:50 am. Just outside the station, you should see on your left the brown double-decker...

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  • Park & Ride

    Was quite impressed with the Salisbury Park & Ride system, actually. There are four parking bases around the city (I used London Road). Buses every 10/15 minutes or so, up to 6 people can use one ticket, speedy service right into the city centre and easy to get the bus back. Highly recommended; certainly easier than the hassle of trying to find...

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  • Park and Ride

    There are three park and ride area's near to Salisbury, they are:Britford ParkWiltonThe Beehive. There are plane to build another one at London Road. The park and rides are supposeed to reduce the stress out of shopping, but I personally don't think it's working as the public transport in Salisbury is terrible with buses never running on time abd...

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Salisbury Shopping

  • Salisbury Market Square

    Salisbury has the largest markets in Wiltshire. They include the Charter Market, Farmer's Market, Craft Market, French Market, and Charity Market stalls. Check the website below for details on each one. Charter Market: Produce and other goods, each Tuesday and Saturday.Farmers' Market: Local produce, first and third Wednesday of the month.Craft...

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  • A very good cycle facility

    Formally known as Haynes, Stonehenge Cycles has been going for years. They are located in Salisbury in Fisherton Street. Mr Haynes began the business in the 1890's in a small shop along Water Lane. Then the business moved to where it is now in Fisherton Street. There’s a large range of cycling paraphernalia. I am part of a group called C.O.G.S....

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  • Watsons & ghost

    This building in Queen Street was built in 1425 by John A.Port, who was a wool merchant & Mayor of Salisbury six times. Inside it has black timbers & fireplaces, & a set of carved stairs. This building is also haunted by the ghost of a cavalair who died of the plague. He has been seen vanishing into the fireplaces, & heard following people up the...

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Salisbury Local Customs

  • Salisbury Lifestyles

    We are devoted to giving people in and around the Salisbury area with physical or learning disabilities a better way of life, so that they are treated as an equal. We don’t have an office as yet although we are looking. Once a month we have a social evening in a pub in and around Salisbury, where we discuss what people want to do next.We have done...

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  • Salisbury festival

    There is usually something going on when the Salisbury festival comes around. Running from late May to early June, this event has been sponsored by Friends Provident more than 50,000 people come to Salisbury to see a variety of arts from around the world, plus Cathedral classics, humour, dance, jazz, world music, drama, circus &many other things....

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  • George the flowery dragon

    This model of a dragon I believe is made up entirely out of flowers & leaves. He (the notice says it’s male) keeps moving all over Salisbury & is a delight to children. CCTV have a close view on him, there’s a large notice to explain what he does & who he is. St George’s Day is celebrated here & he vanishes back into hibernation after a few months.

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Salisbury Warnings and Dangers

  • Fisherton Street

    Fisherton Street is lined with pubs & the Chicargo Rock cafe & The Kings Arms is here as well. On Saturday night's about 8pm it can be a bit noisy, & late at night after the pub's have closed it can be a bit rough. You can also see lines of cab's waiting to pick the drunk up. Police cars patrol up & down & sometimes there's a fight outside the pubs...

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  • Pubs on outskirts of town

    Be careful going to pubs outside the well traveled city center and "touristy area." Hiking, I stopped at a pub on the outskirts of town, after dark, and was told that "yanks aren't welcome here." by a group of patrons. I almost got into a fight. Fortunately, I decided to leave quickly and keep moving till I got to a more populous area.

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Salisbury Tourist Traps

  • Stonehenge

    Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument. It is made up of a large stone circle and surrounded by ceremonial landscape with burial mounds. Even pouring rain doesn't stop the crowds pouring out from the tour buses to see this famous site.

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  • Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum

    Salisbury museum has seen much change over the years. Its called the Kings House as I think King Richard 3rd stayed there, or Charles 1st. It’s at the end of the close just by the end of the cathedral green. There’s a large car park at the front with low walls & many sweet smelling roses. The entrance door is made of heavy English oak with a latch...

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  • Stonehenge

    Stonehenge is situated about 8 miles north of Salisbury in Wiltshire on Salisbury Plain.An old organised heap of stones! Sorry about the synical description and yes its worth a look but to be honest you can get the look you need from the road over the fence without paying the entry fee. The car park is free as well!Once you are in the area of the...

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Salisbury Off The Beaten Path

  • Salisbury Library

    The library in Salisbury is at the corner of the market square next to the Cornmarket Inn. It’s improved a lot over the years & it’s not as dingy as it was. They used to have some swing doors at the front which were very heavy to use, they used to swing back sending you flying across the terrace. The library is approached by a flight of steps...

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  • Salisbury District Hospital

    Ok so this might not have anything to do with travel but I thought I would mention the hospital. It's been here since the 1950's, it used to be ran by the Americana. It has one of the best burns Units in the UK, & they say the staff are very good. There are two entrances, one to the new part while the other goes to the old. Takes a bit of getting...

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  • Relax in the garden of Salisbury

    Elizabeth gardens was once an allotments until the corronation of the present Queen in 1953, and this area was made up in her honour. It's a lovley area with the River Avon cutting through, and a magnificent view of the Cathdral.This is where Constable did his famouse picture The Heywein, also this is an ideal place to relax and feed the ducks,...

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Salisbury Sports & Outdoors

  • Five Rivers Leisure centre

    Five Rivers leisure centre is by South Wilts Grammar School for Girl's, it's just a few minutes walk from the city. It has recently had a new swimming pool built with slide & facilities. There’s a large car park round the back, & the River Avon can be found at the bottom of the area. Five Rivers Leisure Centre has lots of sports & services. Three...

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  • The best value gym in Salisbury

    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...

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  • Swimming in Salisbury

    This swimming bath's is part of The Five Rivers Leisure Centre. The pool opened in July 2002 and has water slides, changing rooms and showers.The leisure centre has three squash courts, a badminton court and variouse programmes taking place every day of the week. There is also a crech and you can play pool here. There is also a bar, gym, sauna and...

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Salisbury Favorites

  • Guildhall

    The Guildhall in the Market Place is where you find the helpful tourist information at the back. They've got all sorts of brochures and also bus timetables which even the bus station office had sometimes run out of.

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  • Scaffolding

    When we walked to the cathedral, we noticed that there was scaffolding around part of the building. Since before I retired I was a safety and health inspector, I have a habit of taking pictures of scaffolding and construction.I did not inquire at the time, but apparently there has been an ongoing effort to repair and renovate the cathedral under...

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  • West Facade of the Cathedral

    The Cathedral at Salisbury was completed in an incredibly short period of time (even for today). The site was prepared in the 1190s and between 1220-1258 the main body of Cathedral and free-standing bell tower (since demolished) was built in Early English style by 300 workers. This means that the entire cathedral is in a single architectural style....

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