About Salisbury

A Quintessentially English City

Known as ‘the city in the countryside’, the medieval City of Salisbury is surrounded by a landscape so quintessentially English it’s almost too good to be true. If you pause on the edge of the water-meadows to take in the awesome sight of the Cathedral rising up from these lush green fields, it’s easy to understand why Salisbury was named by Lonely Planet as one of the world's Top 10 Cities to visit in 2015.

With timbered buildings, an Early English Gothic Cathedral home to the famous Magna Carta, a thriving market, a lively arts scene, museums and some of England’s finest historic houses there are many things for you waiting to be explored…

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Salisbury Attractions

A Wealth of History, Culture and Other Attractions

How much do you know about the medieval city of Salisbury? Let us enlighten and inspire you and tell you about things to do in Salisbury…

A visit to Salisbury would be incomplete without a visit to Salisbury Cathedral. See Europe’s oldest working clock, Britain’s tallest spire, the best preserved of the 4 surviving original copies of the Magna Carta manuscripts dating from 1215 AD and, if you have a head for heights, then a tower tour is a must for spectacular views of the city.

We have an award-winning museum – Salisbury Museum housing many artefacts from Salisbury’s past including the Stonehenge Gallery and the Rifles Museum – a military museum dedicated to the Berkshire and Wiltshire regiment.

There’s Mompesson House, a Queen Anne style house with beautiful courtyard garden, and just two miles north of the city is Old Sarum, the original site of Salisbury.

Join  Salisbury City Guides on a guided walk and learn more about the wealth of history or if you are interested in travel to Stonehenge then a trip aboard the Stonehenge Tour Bus is a must.

If you fancy guiding yourself around the city then why not look at getting one of the Treasure Trails guides to Salisbury? Or why not try out the Salisbury Escape Room; Magna Carta Challenge.

Nearby there’s the magnificent stately home of Wilton House and not forgetting the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, which is just 10 miles north of the city.

Salisbury is also a great destination for shopping, find out more about shopping in Salisbury here.

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Salisbury Nightlife

Entertainment for all Ages

Salisbury also has much to offer in the way of entertainment, culture and nightlife. The City has been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag for the quality of its management of the evening and night time economy. Here are a few ideas for you!

- The Odeon Cinema (which is housed in a mock Tudor building with a genuine 15th Century entrance hall) has 5 screens and shows all the latest films.    - The Salisbury Playhouse is one of the UK's leading producing theatres, and stages a wide range of classic and contemporary plays, musicals and children's theatre on its two stages.

- The City Hall hosts a programme of live entertainment including bands, comedy and dance.

- The Arts Centre is a cultural focus for the city and stages live theatre, music and comedy, with exhibitions, arthouse films and a bar.

- The Chapel is Salisbury’s premier nightclub with Clubbing in multiple rooms with DJs, live music and regular events, in a revamped old chapel

Salisbury also has a great selection of fine restaurants and characterful pubs where you can meet up with your friends.


Excursions from Salisbury

Opportunities Galore!

Just 1½ hours by train from the centre of London, 1 hour by bus from Bath, Portsmouth and Bournemouth and 1½ hours from Oxford and Windsor, Salisbury is ideally located to explore the many tourist attractions of the South of England. Below are a few ideas for you; there are many more! Babylon organises a programme of weekend excursions either using our School-owned minibuses or in buses provided by our local transport provider.

THE ROMAN city of bath

One hour’s drive from Salisbury, Bath became a World Heritage Site in 1987. The city's theatres, museums and other cultural and sporting venues have helped to make it a major centre for tourism with more than one million staying visitors and 3.8 million day visitors to the city each year.. Click to see 10 things to do in Bath before you leave.

LONGLEAT SAFARI park and stately home

Just 35 minutes drive from Salisbury, Longleat is the home of the Marquess of Bath and opened in 1966 as the first drive-through safari park outside Africa. It is home to over 500 animals including giraffe, monkeys, rhino, lions, tigers and wolves. In the afternoon you can either visit the magnificent stately home or enjoy the many other attractions of this leading tourist venue. 


Bournemouth is one of England’s premier seaside towns and a trip to the great British Seaside is a fun-filled excursion. Fun on the beach (with a swim if you feel like it) and a visit to the amusement arcades on the pier can be combined with trying traditional English fish and chips.


Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years.


A brilliantly coloured crystalline grotto with fantastic calcite sculptures, dancing fountains, mirror pools and evocative music and lighting. It's awesome! Cheddar Gorge is one of the most spectacular set of show caves in the United Kingdom. Its also the home of the oldest human skeleton in the country. There is so much to do including climbing, caving, cycling and museums. Click above for more info.