Salisbury is a cathedral city with lots of shops, a large market and loads of charm. Stonehenge is 8 miles northwest of Salisbury.
Salisbury was until 2009 officially called New Sarum. That is because the city first developed around the old cathedral at Old Sarum, a site you can still visit today.
After the relocation of the cathedral, a bustling market town grew up around it. Many beautiful old buildings give the city a wonderfully traditional character.
A charter market has been held in the large market place since 1227. Markets are held every Tuesday and Saturday.
In December the Christmas market rivals Bath Christmas Market, drawing thousands of visitors to the market place.
Salisbury Cathedral boasts not only the oldest surviving mechanical clock in the world, but also the best-preserved of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta.
The Odeon Cinema on New Canal was formerly the hall of John Halle and dates from 1594. Not only is the exterior of this cinema pretty different to the norm but the entrance hall is well worth a visit too.
Salisbury has a strong artistic community, with galleries situated in the city centre, including one in the public library.
In the 18th century, John Constable made a number of celebrated landscape paintings featuring the cathedral’s spire and the surrounding countryside.
The annual International Arts Festival, started in 1973, and held in late May to early June, provides a programme of theatre, live music, dance, public sculpture, street performance and art exhibitions.
The cathedral city also houses a producing theatre – Salisbury Playhouse – which produces between eight and ten plays a year, as well as welcoming touring productions.
The museum is housed in the King’s House, a Grade I listed building whose history dates back to the 13th century, opposite the west front of the cathedral.
The permanent Stonehenge exhibition gallery has interactive displays about Stonehenge and the archaeology of south Wiltshire, and its collections include the skeleton of the Amesbury Archer, which is on display.
Stonehenge, the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, is 8 miles (13 km) northwest of the city.
Salisbury Information Centre’s opening times are:
Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am-2pm
Closed 25-26 December and 1 January
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