The medieval city of Salisbury is not only a fabulous destination in its own right, it is the perfect base from which to visit the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge and the other attractions of rural Wiltshire.
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- Salisbury Cathedral – a medieval cathedral with the highest spire in Britain at 123 metres
- An original copy of the Magna Carta on display inside the cathedral
- The Medieval Hall, dating from the 13th centruy
Events and activities
- The prehistoric stone circle of Stonehenge, nine miles north of the city on Salisbury Plain
- The iron age hill fort of Old Sarum
Location and getting there
Salisbury is the only city in Wiltshire, a county in England’s South West (see our interactive map). The River Avon and four of its tributaries all meet at Salisbury.
The city lies just to the south of Salisbury Plain, a large area of chalk grassland which is home to 2,300 prehistoric sites including Stonehenge.
Direct trains to the city run from London Waterloo and take around 90 minutes.
It is also possible to travel to Salisbury by National Express coach from London Victoria Coach Station (from 3 hours 10 mins).
The nearest airport to Salisbury is Southampton, on the south coast. Direct trains run once per hour from Southampton Airport Parkway to Salisbury and take 50 minutes. Alternatively a National Express coach runs from London Heathrow Airport (from two hours).
Although Salisbury is the only city in Wiltshire, it is neither the county town (that honour goes to Trowbridge) nor the largest settlement (which is Swindon).
In the 18th century, Romantic artist John Constable made a number of landscape paintings featuring Salisbury cathedral spire. These include Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows and Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop’s Grounds.
This mini-calendar shows events taking place in and around Salisbury. For events at cathedral cities across the UK, please see our main Cathedral City Calendar.
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- Official tourism website for Salisbury and Stonehenge
- Salisbury on Google Maps
- Photos of Salisbury on Flickr
- Salisbury hotels with Booking.com
- Salisbury restaurants with Restaurant-Guide.com
- Twitter list for Salisbury by Cathedral City Guide
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