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Basking in the glow of Stonehenge, Britain’s ancient wonder of the world, and the medieval splendour of the UK’s tallest cathedral, Salisbury is a city which knows how to charm with its historic beauty and tradition. From a bustling twice-weekly market dating back to the Middle Ages to renowned arts festivals held at historic houses, and a thriving local theatre scene, life here is full of fun, energy and community spirit, which visitors can’t help but be caught up in.

Things to see

Exploring Salisbury city centre is like taking a step back in time. The whitewashed medieval houses, complete with wooden beams, lean and creak with age. They house traditional pubs and local, independent shops which make for a pleasant afternoon of shopping and relaxation. The view from anywhere in the city is dominated by the beautiful spire of Salisbury Cathedral. Inside this gothic masterpiece rests one of only 4 surviving copies of the original Magna Carta, dating back to 1215. Not far out of the centre, Old Sarum is an atmospheric castle ruin, and the original location of the city. Head out a bit further, and you reach the enigmatic site of Stonehenge, the ancient stones standing timelessly on an open, sparse landscape. This is the only place to be at Summer Solstice, but on other balmy evenings, historic Wilton House offers spectacular theatre performances and concerts in its beautiful gardens.

Hotels in Salisbury

You won’t find any huge resort hotels in this pretty English city – instead Salisbury hotels are entirely in-keeping with the medieval atmosphere of the place. Luxury hotels occupy beautiful historic buildings, while boutique guesthouses show off thatched roofs and ivy-covered facades. In the luxury hotels, plush rooms feature 4-poster beds, mini-bars and coffee makers. The experience is enhanced with 24-hour room service and traditional bars serving local ales and fine wines. In the guesthouses, you’ll find personalized service, with cooked-to-order breakfasts and individually-designed, pleasant rooms. Free parking is widely available at the majority of the hotels, along with free WiFi.

Where to stay

Salisbury city centre is the best place to stay to make the most of the historic atmosphere and for views of the cathedral. There’s a mix of luxury hotels and upmarket B&Bs to choose from. The centre is compact and easily walkable, so you’ll find plenty of restaurants, shops and bars within close proximity. If you’d prefer a rural retreat, choose one of the hotels in the surrounding area – south towards the New Forest offers beautiful scenery. For a Stonehenge stay, the small neighbouring town of Amesbury is a good bet, and there is a variety of hotels available here.

How to get to Salisbury

One of the closest international airports to Salisbury is Southampton Airport, which receives flights from across the UK and from some European destinations. It is located just 30 minutes away from Salisbury. Fast trains and local buses are available from the airport, as well as car hire and arranged private shuttle services. If you are coming from further afield, then both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are within a 2-hour drive. Direct trains from central London provide a frequent service to Salisbury, with a journey time of 90 minutes. Taxis are readily available at Salisbury Station to complete your journey.