The county town of Wiltshire in South-West England, Salisbury is a cathedral city with over 800 years of history to its name. People have settled in the city before it was founded in 1220 and since then, it has moved from being a major settlement to a popular destination with visitors from other parts of the country as well as further afield. Salisbury is surrounded by lush green countryside while the city itself, despite being home to just over 40,000 people, has quite a lot going for it. Aside from its famous cathedral, visitors can learn about how the city helped to shape the country, while it’s not too far away from the south coast, connected pretty well by road.
Salisbury is relatively easy to get around in general, but as there aren’t too many long roads, a small car is the best thing to drive here, especially towards the historic centre.
Driving in Salisbury
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Important things to note
Locals believe that the worst day for traffic in Salisbury is Friday, when many commuters are in a greater rush than usual to get home in time for the weekend.
The road which tends to be more prone to traffic jams than others in Salisbury is the A36 Southampton Road.
Many of the non-pedestrianized roads in the city centre are part of a one-way system which can be hard to understand for some first-time visitors.
Highlights & Hotspots
Just 18 miles north of Salisbury is Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument which is a World Heritage Site. The stone circle looks pretty amazing up close, while it attracts visitors from all over the world for the Summer Solstice.
Salisbury Cathedral is pretty hard to miss when setting foot in the city. Built and rebuilt in the 13th century, it has a number of intricacies which make it a little more interesting than your standard cathedral such as its 403ft spire, the tallest in England.
A trip to Old Sarum, the original site for Salisbury, is a must. It has evidence of human habitation dating back to around 3000BC. Guided tours of Old Sarum are available, though it’s possible to wander there at your own accord.
If you want to learn about Salisbury’s more recent history, the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum is worth a visit. Despite being a small venue, it displays various images, textiles and ceramics made in the city as well as a gallery dedicated to Stonehenge.
The two nearest airports to Salisbury are Bournemouth, which is 25 miles south and Southampton, which is roughly the same distance away but southeast of the city. Southampton tends to have the larger range of flights, although Bournemouth serves some destinations in Europe.
Bournemouth is accessible directly by the A338. Southampton is along the M27, which then connects to the A35 going towards Salisbury.