By Brandi N.R. Rhone
Salisbury
United Kingdom
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Salisbury is located rural Wiltshire County in southwestern England. Officially established in 1220 by Bishop Richard Poore to be the home of a new cathedral (started in 1221), Salisbury quickly grew to be an important city center in Wiltshire by the 14th century. Now its proximity to Stonehenge and its medieval architecture draws visitors from around the world.
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rnrnrnrnThere are a few airports near Salisbury. Southampton Airport (SOU) and Bournemouth Airport (BOH) are the closest at 25 miles away from Salisbury with connections by bus or taxi that can get you there in about an hour. Also, you can connect from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) by coach or train and get to Salisbury in about 2 hours. Vacationers can book their flights with EscapeWizard.com by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Salisbury hotels can be frequented through this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).
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rnrnrnrnSalisbury is a fusion of past and present. This history rich city and surrounding area has plenty to offer it visitors. From pubs and museums to tea rooms and the famous Stonehenge, Salisbury is not to be overlooked or underestimated.
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rnrnrnrnSalisbury Cathedral whose official name is Cathedral of Saint Mary is a 13th century Gothic cathedral. This outstanding location is home to the tallest spire in Britain and the oldest working mechanical clock in Europe. The cathedral is set on the largest cathedral close in Britain and Charles II held court here during the Great Plague of London. Cathedral of Saint Mary also houses the best preserved of the four remaining copies of the Manga Carta. The cathedral with all of its offerings is a “must see” when in Salisbury.
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rnrnrnrnStourhead House and Garden is an 18th century landscape garden on a 2650 acre estate. The entrance fee covers gives you access to the Palladian style house which features large library and collection of painting and art. You will get the history of the home and an informational tour about the gardens. Kings Alfred's Tower is located on the grounds. By climbing the 205 step staircase you can get a view the surrounding area and on a clear up to 50 miles away. Entrance to the tower depends on the season so check before you go. Stourhead has a gift shop and restaurant where you can pick up some things to remember your visit. The Gardens is dog friendly and the rules are clear, keep them on a short leash and under control. They allow pet December – February. Great for as day trip and picnic, Stourhead will live up to the expression “living work of art.”
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rnrnrnrnShopaholics and art aficionados can fulfill their needs in one place, Fisherton Mill Art Gallery. This two level establishment is the largest independent gallery in Southwest England. Fisherton Mill has rotating exhibits featuring everything from handmade furniture to ceramics and glass-work crafted by some leading artists currently in the industry. You will also enjoy the artistry in the cafe with homemade cakes after a light lunch. The cafe has outside seating where you can observe artists at work in the courtyard studios. The Fisherton Mill Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday for your enjoyment.
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rnrnrnrnLikely the most famous attraction near Salisbury is Stonehenge. This UNESCO World Heritage site is largely recognized around the world; an ancient monument whose mysteries drive research and attract visitors from around the globe. Stonehenge is considered on the wonders of England, celebrated as a prehistoric technological achievement. Whether it’s a huge calendar, burial or execution site or just a place of worship and healing, the construction of Stonehenge changed the landscape forever and is still impressive many years later.
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rnrnrnrnThe mix of modern, medieval and mystery Salisbury and its rural country side is worth exploring. For a taste of what Southwestern England has to offer, click the above links to get started.
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