As one of England’s designated heritage cities, there is a lot of historical interest for visitors to Salisbury. More precisely, the attractions in and around Salisbury span some 5,000 years. From the Stone Age site of Stonehenge and its wider landscape, to the Iron Age hill fort at Old Sarum. From the remains of the early medieval settlement there, to the striking cathedral in present day Salisbury. A city with a captivating setting that has been attracting visitors since the early 1800s. The painter John Constable being one of the more well known.
This Christmastime visit Salisbury for a weekend or midweek break. The festive season begins with the switching on of the lights and the opening of the Christmas Market on 19 November. A typical German-style Christmas market with stalls is set up on the square in front of the Guildhall, offering festive treats and traditional crafts. Explore the city’s history while following the Christmas Tree Trail through the medieval streets. At Salisbury Cathedral, mark the beginning of Advent at the Darkness to Light Procession. The huge Norway spruce will be raised in the Cathedral on 8 December. And on 11 December Handle’s Messiah will be performed by the cathedral choir, in full. Find Out More.
English Heritage Attractions Pass for Overseas Visitors from GetYourGuide (includes free cancellation). This is a good option should you be visiting a few English Heritage sites in England.
Train: Salisbury is on the direct line from London Waterloo. There are regular trains which take about 1h 30m, and if you book 12 weeks in advance, you can get a day return for as little as £12.
Car: Salisbury is on several main roads which lead straight into the city; the A36 from Southampton and Bath, A30 from London and A338 from Bournemouth.
There are four Park & Ride sites outside the town, or you can park in the central car park. Further Details, Parking Charges and Locations are Available Online.
Salisbury has a wealth of places to eat and drink. The New Inn and The Rose & Crown do great food, and you will also find that most chains are well represented.
Although a popular destination, most visitors to Salisbury do not stay overnight. This means in the evening the city is not crowded with tourists in search of a meal and entertainment. In fact Salisbury has been awarded Purple Flag status for its night time economy and safety.
The Red Lion is centrally located, as is The White Hart. If you are visiting by train, then Caboose is a 1920s themed hotel which is right next to the train station. The Rose & Crown is a short walk from the cathedral with stunning views over the river.
Salisbury and Stonehenge are both popular day trips from London. They are combined with other popular historical destinations, such as Bath – another designated heritage city in England (see also our suggestions for things to do in Bath), Windsor and Winchester. Salisbury is also a popular day excursion for people stopping over in the port of Southampton as part of a cruise. Transfer from Southampton to London, via Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor.
Use the interactive map to search for archaeology and history sites and museums, landmarks and memorials and other points of interest in and near Salisbury. Salisbury is in Wiltshire, and is also close to the counties of Hampshire and Dorset. You can search for places of to visit within a specific county, or you can find sites near your present location. You can search for places within a specified radius of a named location, as well as refining the search to suit your interests. The map displays best on desktops and laptops, but it can be used on mobile devices – particularly to find sites and museums near your location.
Salisbury is at the southern end of Wiltshire, closer to many places in Hampshire and Dorset than places of interest at the northern end of Wiltshire. While Stonehenge is very close, Avebury is further north, and over an hour from Salisbury (or 40 minutes from Stonehenge). As always, it depends on how far you are happy to travel to visit sites and museums, balancing that with the convenience of choosing one place for accommodation.
Salisbury is close to the Wiltshire/Hampshire border. If you are visiting Salisbury with a car, or hiring a car, the city can be a suitable and pleasant base to explore parts of Hampshire. For example, Breamore House with its medieval Miz Maze are not that far from Salisbury – about 30 minutes by car. Whereas Mottisfont Abbey is is slightly further at about 40 minutes drive, and Highclere Castle is just under an hour’s drive. Southampton is not that far, and very accessible from Salisbury by train.