Salisbury previously sited at Old Sarum once had it’s cathedral situated up on a hill fort overlooking the present city where a royal palace built by King Henry 1 also stood. It is worth visiting Old Sarum for a delve into it’s rich history and the delightful walk around the hillfort that has wonderful views across the city and beyond. The move to the present Cathedral location started in 1220 and legend has it that it was sited where an arrow landed shot from Old Sarum, reasoning that a deer aided in the 2 mile distance it travelled! Salisbury Cathedral dominates the town with it’s beautiful high Spire and it’s wonderful Cathedral Close where prime minsters and famous writers once spent their days. Tea at the Bell house Tea rooms on a sunny day is a delight with it’s view to the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral as well as a visit to see the historic Magna Carta. If you have a head for heights take the breathtaking Tower Tour and see the peregrines view of the city below.
Salisbury City nowadays is a thriving market town which boasts a great variety of eateries and independent shops, it’s theatre, the Salisbury Playhouse and Salisbury Arts Centre always have something to tempt you to book and the annual Salisbury International Festival is a must. The Charter market in the Market Square is there each Tuesday and Saturday and is a great place for veg and homemade goodies.
As well as being a fascinating city centre, there are wonderful walks around the city in it’s many parks especially through Elizabeth Gardens across the water meadows to Harnham where you will find the famous Constable view of the cathedral. Salisbury has five rivers so you will never be very far from a lovely walk along a river. Have a fun day at the races at Salisbury Racecourse or vist the Salisbury escape rooms for family fun.
It is also within a 15 minute drive to the amazing New Forest National Park .
Check out our wonderful holiday home, Osmund House in Salisbury and come and visit this wonderful town.