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The cathedral city of Salisbury is a picturesque and historic settlement in south-east Wiltshire. The city attracts many visitors due to its rich culture and history as well as its proximity to many other great south-west destinations such as Bournemouth, Bath and Portsmouth. Famous for Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge and Old Sarum, Salisbury is a wonderful city in the countryside with lots to see and explore.
To get the most out of your trip, hiring a car in Salisbury allows you to explore all the sights and experiences the city and the surrounding areas have to offer.
Things to See
Salisbury Cathedral boasts the tallest spire in the UK, standing at 123m, and on-going restoration work means that this awe inspiring piece of architecture remains as beautiful today as it ever was. The Cathedral only took 38 years to build completed in 1258, so is now over 750 years old and has the largest cloister and cathedral close in Europe. Salisbury Cathedral houses the world’s oldest working clock and the best of the four original copies of the Magna Carta which is on display for visitors to view.
Within driving distance of Salisbury city centre is Stonehenge, one of the most famous historic sites in the world, the monument dates back to 3000BC to 2000BC and its construction is the source of great debate.
Also within easy reach of Salisbury is Old Sarum, the site of the earliest settlement in the city dating back to 3000BC. The site was originally an Iron Age hill fort and the land still reflects where this stood today.
The city centre has a mix of architecture from many different periods, parks and a bi-weekly market. There are lots of fantastic shops, restaurants and traditional British pubs to enjoy on your visit and there is something wonderfully relaxing about the whole area.
Salisbury is perfectly placed for access to other nearby areas of interest by car. There are direct routes to Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Bath and Bristol, all of which are brilliant places to visit during your stay here.
Bournemouth has shopping, entertainment and one of the most iconic beaches in England all less than an hour drive away.
If you fancy a spot of history take a trip down the M27 to Portsmouth and visit the Historic Dockyard, home to the Mary Rose, the Warrior and the Victory.
The Roman Bath complex in Bath is one of the largest tourist attractions in the South West and is only just over an hour from Salisbury by road.
Bristol is a real cultural hotspot with museums, art galleries and live music in abundance you will be drawn in by the unique character of this city. It is also brilliant for shopping, so make sure you have enough boot space to take everything back with you.
Salisbury is a great base from which to explore the South and South West of England with many attractions and activities to be found here. Whether you’re into sports, shopping, good food, or just like to chill out in the countryside, you will find something in and around Salisbury and Wiltshire.