About Salisbury


The ancient city of Salisbury is an interesting contrast of new and old - popular shopping areas offering all major high street retailers stand alongside the many examples of medieval architecture the city is famous for.

Surrounded by fourteenth century walls, through which a number of ornate gates pass, examples of Salisbury's past are all around you, from the picturesque market square and the old town to the most ancient of all attractions - the neolithic Stonehenge that stands on Salisbury Plain on the outskirts of the city.

The market square itself hosts popular bi-weekly markets as well as an annual fair that has taken place in one form or another since the middle ages. Those with an interest in the history of Stonehenge itself should visit the permanent gallery onsite that has interactive displays and exhibits fascinating archaeological artefacts.

Those searching for points of cultural interest are somewhat spoiled for choice in Salisbury, with a wide range of galleries and a thriving artistic community on offer, in fact John Constable famously painted landscapes that featured the cathedral on several occasions.

Fans of music and comedy should take a look at the Salisbury Arts Centre, which has become a well-attended venue showcasing new talent. The city's long history means that there is a plethora of reputedly haunted sites around Salisbury and many popular Ghost tours are on offer to visitors.

The city's range of traditional pubs, some of which date back to the fourteenth century, bring in many visitors - one of the oldest, The Haunch of Venison, is claimed to have been the site for secret D-Day planning meetings between Churchill and Eisenhower.