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Famous far and wide for being ‘the city in the countryside’, Salisbury is one of our most wonderful destinations. A warm and friendly place with so many great places to visit, Salisbury is known mostly for its' magnificent and historic Cathedral, beautiful inside and out and surrounded by the most wonderful landscapes on the outside. This lovely market town with the iconic cathedral towering in the centre, is one of our favourite destinations and we've filled this Visitor's Guide with some of our favourite places to go in Salisbury.
For more than 750 years, pilgrims have come to Salisbury to seek inspiration in the glory and peace of Salisbury Cathedral and its surroundings. Whether you come to worship, to marvel at or climb up to Britain's tallest spire, to be awed by the beauty and scale of the Cathedral interior or to study the original Magna Carta in the Chapter House, or simply to relax and chat over coffee, a warm welcome is waiting for you. Salisbury Cathedral is a truly remarkable building, a testimony to the faith and practical skills of the medieval craftsmen who built it.
A home to lively banter, good food, craft beers, fine wines and all you could possibly wish for in a great dining pub, The Old Ale & Coffee House is a great place to go for a night out, a nice meal or a long lazy Sunday lunch when you’re in Salisbury. The outside is a fantastic beer garden, complete with huts and great events in summer.
A charming and peaceful house, Arundells is located within Salisbury’s magnificent Cathedral Close and is the former home of Sir Edward Heath KG MBE, Prime Minister and Statesman. Sir Edward bequeathed Arundells to the Charitable Foundation set up in his name following his death in 2005. He very much wanted as many people as possible to “share the beauty of Arundells” and to enjoy his diverse and very personal collection of art work, photographs, sailing memorabilia and political cartoons.
In the heart of Salisbury, just a couple minutes’ walk from the famous cathedral, is the super cool Bill’s Restaurant. With a classic mix of signature pieces, soft leather sofas, cosy booths and larger sharing tables and with outside seating too, Bill’s is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between.
The Wardrobe displays the collections of the Royal Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiments, artefacts from the regular, militia and volunteer infantry units of Berkshire and Wiltshire. The Museum currently holds over 34,000 items, of which about 1,200 are on display. These are more than 16,000 photographs, 6,000 archive documents, 4,000 medals, almost a thousand items of uniform, about 500 weapons, including swords, rifles, pistols, anti-tank weapons, as well as pictures, flags, ornaments and battlefield souvenirs such as a cannon ball from the American War of Independence.
Famous for the stunning riverside setting and good food, The Boathouse is a lovely place to wine, dine and relax in Salisbury. Boasting a fine range of beers, wines and excellent food served all day, this Salisbury restaurant offers something for everyone.
Not your ordinary gallery, Fisherton Mill is a place to meet, to shop and to enjoy art and craftsmanship. The gallery is located in one of Salisbury's most beautiful restored buildings and is a friendly and inviting place to visit on days out in this magnificent medieval city. The gift shop in the gallery sells works from over 200 different artists, including paintings, jewellery, ceramics, glassware, prints, sculpture, lighting and home furnishings for all budgets. What's more, if you're feeling peckish, there's a multi-award-winning café serving tasty lunches, simple snacks and delicious coffee and cakes.
At Qudos all produce is sourced responsibly and locally and is only of the highest quality. All dishes and sauces are created in house and this restaurant, famous locally for the delicious carvery on a Sunday, is well worth a visit when you’re in Salisbury looking for a bite to eat.
Goodfayre, a wonderful shop in Salisbury full of ethical products. This shop may be run by locals as a community space for likeminded people to find products that have been consciously sourced, but it is well worth a trip for visitors from further afield. Goodfayre is actively reducing it's environmental impact, using renewable energy, sending 0% to landfill and creating a shop interior from reclaimed materials.
Wilton is first and foremost a family home and has been for over 450 years. Since 1544 when the buildings and land were granted by Henry VIII to Sir William Herbert, Wilton House has been inextricably linked to the political and artistic circles of England, whilst at the same time providing employment and homes for estate workers. This pattern continues today but, against this traditional background, changes are constantly afoot. Henry, 17th Earl, initiated a major programme of restoration and improvements, a task which the current owners, The Earl and Countess of Pembroke, continue to this day. Visit the grounds for a stroll in the beautiful garden, watch your children let off steam in the adventure playground, or enjoy the art collection in the House, and you will see Wilton in the finest condition it has been for many years.
Salisbury's first escape room game, SPECTRE, takes you on an immersive adventure to determine the fate of the missing scientists from Station Athena at the Respect Foundation. Mysterious circumstances surround their disappearance and you must use your grey matter to untangle the truth. Bring your family, friends and colleagues to play SPECTRE. Look for clues, analyse and combine creativity and skills to ultimately escape the room in just 60 minutes.
Vita Skin Spa and Beauty Salon in Salisbury offer a wide range of beauty and salon treatments for both men and women, so if you fancy a pamper session when visiting this lovely town, book in for manicures and pedicures, facials, massages and general pampering.
Passionate about great coffee and classic English food, Culture Coffee serves up modern interpretations of classic recipes, all prepared with love, all taste fantastic and all are naturally good for you. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch at Culture Coffee when you next visit Salisbury