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A Cathedral city of ageless beauty and captivating history, Salisbury has been welcoming travellers since 1227.
Sarum College’s setting in Salisbury Cathedral Close is in the centre of a modern medieval city.
Traditionally English with an independent spirit, the city has a lively, sociable atmosphere.
At Salisbury Cathedral you will find the best preserved of the four original Magna Carta manuscripts dating from 1215AD. Within the Cathedral Close you’ll find Salisbury Museum, Arundells, Mompesson House and The Rifles Museum (details below).
Elsewhere in the city, some of England’s finest historic houses and heritage buildings are brought to life with arts, culture, events and entertainment.
The city’s historic streets off well known high street names as well as independent retailers
On Tuesdays and Saturdays (except the third Tuesday in October) the hustle and bustle of the historic Charter Market fills the Market Place and a whole array of other interesting markets take place throughout the year.
Salisbury offers a wide range of tea and coffee shops, pubs and restaurants, clubs and bars, with plenty on offer throughout the day and into the early hours.
Salisbury City Guides
Salisbury City Guides are a team of professional Blue Badge Guides based in and around the city of Salisbury. Tours include a City Walk, Salisbury Cathedral Close Walk, and the Salisbury Classic Ghost Tour.
The footprint of Salisbury’s original cathedral remains in the Iron Age hill fort of Old Sarum, which offers stunning views over the Wiltshire plains.
Just two miles (3 km) north of the city, you can discover the fascinating history over 2,000 years of the Romans, Normans and Saxons who made their home in this settlement which appears in some of the earliest records in the country.
Old Sarum is one of Visit Wiltshire’s top ten walking routes.
These walks have it all: architecture, ancient woods and other timeless landscapes including that which 19th century English painter John Constable depicted in Salisbury from the Meadows.
Sarum College guests are welcome to park their bicycles in the covered shed at the back of the building.
The centre of Salisbury is ideal for leisurely cycling as it is fairly flat has several cycle paths for on and off-road routes
The Connecting Wiltshire website offers an interactive journey planner and maps with detailed route information, bicycle hire options and ideas for what to see and do along the way.
Salisbury is well-served by rail and bus routes.
Sarum College is a 15 minute walk from the rail station through Queen Elizabeth Gardens and over the Avon River with the Cathedral spire in view.
The Salisbury rail station has regular train to popular destinations along the coast, and cities such as Bath, Bristol and Winchester.
Salisbury bus service
Salisbury Reds offers multi-day and multi-trip bus tickets for different zones – Salisbury Saver zone and Network zone. Take a look at our network maps to see which zone your journey may be in.
Salisbury Reds also operates the Stonehenge Tour from Salisbury city centre and runs to Old Sarum, through the Wiltshire countryside.
There are many private guided tour options as well, including members of the British Guild of Tour Guides
As pronounced by the author Bill Bryson in Notes from a Small Island (1995).
Salisbury Cathedral is set in the largest Cathedral Close in Britain, covering over 80 acres. There are shady trees and plenty of open space for picnics on the grass or one of the many benches dotted around the perimeter.
The Close is home to other visitor attractions within its historic walls which are well worth a visit.
This award-winning museum houses archaeological collections of national importance. Home to the Stonehenge Gallery and displays of pre-history, Romans, Saxons, the medieval history of Old Sarum and Salisbury, and the Pitt Rivers collection. There are regular exhibitions, a gift shop and a coffee shop.
Home of the former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath. It houses collections of his sailing and musical memorabilia, Oriental and European ceramics, paintings, original political cartoons, bronzes and photographs.
This National Trust property features notable plaster work, an elegant carved oak staircase, fine period furniture, a collection of 18th century drinking glasses, a charming walled garden and a tea room.
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