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A panel of Lonely Planet’s expert travel writers have named Salisbury as one of the top destinations to visit in 2015. The quintessentially English city was featured in the same prestigious list as the United States’ capital of Washington D.C., Canada’s biggest city Toronto and Austria’s capital Vienna, placing at a very respectable seventh.

Chosen due to its underrated appeal, which Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015 guide describes many feel is ‘a short stop on the way to Stonehenge’, the city is sure to attract numerous visitors next year, who will find Wiltshire holiday cottages near Salisbury to be an ideal base for exploring the whole county.

Salisbury to celebrate 800 years of the Magna Carta

Another reason for Lonely Planet’s recommendation is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, which is housed in Salisbury Cathedral’s Chapter House. As the city’s greatest treasure, this celebrated document is incredibly important and is arguably the best preserved of the four remaining original copies. For those that have not heard of the Magna Carta, Latin for ‘Great Charter’, its purpose was to provide a solution to the political crisis in Medieval England. The 13th-century cathedral itself also boasts the tallest spire in Britain and the world’s oldest working clock.

Salisbury also has much more to offer those considering a traditional Wiltshire cottage holiday, with its historic centre, traditional pubs and wonderful surrounding countryside providing plenty to explore. The hidden treasure is also within a close proximity of Stonehenge, as well as the Iron Age hill fort of Old Sarum and Ted Heath’s former home, which includes his personal art collection.

As the only UK city in the list, both national and international visitors won’t want to miss out on what Salisbury has to offer in 2015.

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