Travel to Salisbury
A cathedral city brimming with history and character, it often feels as though every brick and stone in Salisbury has a story to tell. Springing up from the grassy expanse of Salisbury Plain at the centre of Wiltshire, the city is centred around the soaring spire of Salisbury Cathedral – the tallest church spire in England. The surrounding cobbled lanes and streets are filled with fabulous shops, restaurants, bars and pubs, making this a lively destination for those who love a good mix of history and modern sophistication.
Sound intriguing? Book yourself a car share to get to Salisbury
on the cheap, and get set to explore all the wonderful sights in this ancient city. Remember, even if you're just commuting to Salisbury from London
or elsewhere, a lift share is a great way to save money and pick up tips about the local area!
Things to do in historic Salisbury
Salisbury has grown up in the shadow of its chief attraction, the spectacular 13th-century Salisbury Cathedral
. In addition to its monumental 404-foot spire, you can also see such impressive artefacts as the oldest working clock in Britain and an original copy of the Magna Carta.
Spend some time wandering through the peaceful Cathedral Close and admiring the mix of ancient architecture, including the elegant Queen Anne-style Mompesson House
, which is operated by the National Trust and open to visitors. Nearby, the excellent Salisbury Museum
has archaeological collections that span the centuries between the area's earliest prehistoric settlers, right up to the present day, as well as displays on art, costumes, design and more.
There are also several fascinating attractions just outside Salisbury, not least of which is Stonehenge
, the world-famous prehistoric stone circle that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Those interested in early history should also make the short trip to view the nearby town of Amesbury, which is known as the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the world, as well as the ruins of the Iron Age hill fort at Old Sarum
(Salisbury's original location).
Shop, dine and unwind
After a busy day of exploring, it's time to stop for refreshments on Fisherton Street, where you'll find a large selection of pubs and restaurants. Or pay a visit to The Haunch of Venison
, a timber-framed building that dates from the 14th century and is among the oldest pubs in the city.
Keen shoppers can take their pick from the popular high street shops on offer at the Old George Mall
or the Cross Keys Shopping Centre
, or explore the many smaller independent boutiques tucked away amongst the city streets. Remember, if you've managed to arrange a cheap lift share as transport to and from Salisbury, you can afford a little splurge!