Salisbury is a vibrant city with plenty of interesting places to visit, including historical buildings, museums, beautiful surrounding countryside and the nearby famous ancient site of Stonehenge. There’s plenty of entertainment in the City too, with Salisbury Playhouse providing a variety of drama, and City Hall is host to many shows including music and comedy. For a meal out in the city, there’s a wide choice of restaurants with cuisines from around the world, and the nightlife is lively, with a host of pubs and bars to choose from.
For shopping in the city, you’ll have plenty of choice, with independent and well known names, and includes the Old George Mall and Cross Keys Shopping Centre. Business conference centres here include Sarum College and the Red House Hotel and Conference Centre, and the closest airports for international flights are Southampton Airport and Bournemouth Airport.
Salisbury Car Hire
Wherever you are in Salisbury, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Salisbury car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
While you’re in Salisbury you can visit these places:
You can visit this beautiful Cathedral built between the 13th and 14th centuries in Early English Gothic style, and marvel at the outstanding architecture, spire which is the tallest in Britain, and stunning interior features such as the Chapter House with impressive stone frieze, vaulted ceilings and statues. Here at the Cathedral is one of just four original copies of the Magna Carta, and the oldest working clock in the world dated from the 14th century is here, along with many ornate tombs and monuments.
No visit to Salisbury would be complete without a visit to Stonehenge, just a short distance away. This captivating Neolithic monument of huge standing stones was built between 3000BC and 2000BC, and you can marvel at the feat of those who erected it so long ago. At the Visitors Centre you can see a large collection of items from the site which include jewellery and pottery, and learn more about this fascinating ancient site.
Close to Stonehenge is Woodhenge, a burial mound which dates from 2300BC, where markers in the ground show where wooden posts previously stood and which might have supported a circular building. You can visit this interesting site and learn all about the excavations and theories about what it might have formerly looked like.
Near the Stonehenge and Woodhenge sites is Durrington Walls, a recently discovered site where a Neolithic settlement once stood. Several dwellings were discovered here, and it’s thought that as many as a thousand dwellings might have been here originally. Many standing stones have also been discovered underneath Durrington Walls, adding to the fascinating ancient monuments in the area.
Here you can see an extensive collection of fascinating exhibits showing the history of the region, and include finds from Stonehenge, as well as ancient Roman, Saxon and medieval artefacts and collections relating to the Victorian archaeologist Pitt-Rivers. Here you can also see local historic costumes, ceramics, glassware and fine art which includes works by artist J M W Turner.
You can visit this exquisite 18th century Grade I listed house in Queen Anne style, which has been used in the film Sense and Sensibility. Situated in the picturesque Cathedral Close, this house has lovely features to enjoy, such as the impressive stucco plasterwork and elegant staircase and furniture. You can also see the Turnbull drinking glass collection from the 1700’s, porcelain pieces and enjoy the pleasant walled garden.
You can come and have an enjoyable time at Salisbury Racecourse, watching the exciting horse races. At the racecourse you can have a meal in comfortable surroundings and a fun atmosphere.
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