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Salisbury Guide

Great days out by train

If you’re fascinated by architecture and history you will find plenty to keep you occupied right in the centre of Salisbury. There’s the Cathedral Close with its fine collection of Georgian and Medieval buildings. In the Cathedral itself are many priceless treasures, including the oldest working clock in Britain and King John’s 1215 Magna Carta - the original. You can also visit the award-winning Salisbury Museum.

For an unforgettable day out, visit the famous World Heritage Site of Stonehenge. Located near Salisbury in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, it is a highlight of the South West. Travel with South West Trains and join the Stonehenge Tour at Salisbury station.

Half hourly services are now running in late afternoon and early evening connecting Salisbury and London.

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Get some inspiration on what to do when visiting Salisbury from our list below:
1. Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral catches your eye long before you reach the city – from all directions its elegant spire rises 404 feet from Wiltshires landscape. Taking 38 years to build, the Cathedral is home to the best-preserved original Magna Carta – one of the most significant documents in history. 

Travel by train to Salisbury and get 2FOR1 entry to Salisbury Cathedral. Just print off a voucher and present it at the Cathedral with your valid trains tickets to Salisbury.

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2. Cathedral Close

For over 750 years pilgrims have come to Salisbury to seek inspiration in the glory and peace of the building and surrounding Cathedral Close. Originally the houses were occupied by canons of the cathedral , chantry priests , vicars and lay persons connected with the cathedral. Today only five members of Chapter are resident in the Close and the other properties are mainly held on lease from the Dean and Chapter by private residents.

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3. Salisbury Museum

Salisbury Museum was founded by Dr Richard Fowler in 1860. The core of the collection was the drainage collection – an incredible collection of medieval finds recovered from the old water channels in the City which were replaced with sewers in the 1850s. The Museum is located in the King’s House, situated in the glorious setting of the Cathedral Close. The King’s House is a Grade I listed building, the history of which stretches back to the 13th Century.

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Stonehenge is the world’s most impressive stone circle – a prehistoric monument which poses the still-unanswered question of why it was built. Join the Stonehenge Tour at Salisbury station which takes you past the huge earthworks of Old Sarum, an Iron Age hill fort inhabited by Romans, Saxons and Normans. The tour then takes you to Stonehenge where you can learn more about the stones and why they might be there with a fascinating audio guide.

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