Salisbury England is one of the most historically significant regions in England known for its cathedrals, stately homes, museums and the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge. Salisbury is the only city in the county of Wiltshire and has a population of about 50,000 people. It is a cathedral city located on the south-eastern side of England. Salisbury is closer to London than Liverpool or Manchester but visitors can easily travel between the areas either by plane or by train including a discount train called the ‘Megatrain.’
Historic and magnificent describe the array of sites to see within this cathedral city. From Stonehenge to the Salisbury Cathedral and the lovely stately homes - travelers are taken back in time by the awe of what’s around them. Stonehenge, which literally means 'hanging stones,' is a prehistoric monument that looks out along the immense expanse of Salisbury Plain and is one of the most intriguing and highly noted ancient monuments of the world. Surrounded by ceremonial and domestic structure remnants – visiting the site offers more than just Stonehenge itself. Visiting the 2,600 hectares and more than 400 monuments is easy from Salisbury with good taxi rates as well as the bus company-operated Stonehenge tour. The impressive Salisbury Cathedral is also a wonder to behold in this quaint city. It is 404 feet tall and able to be seen from all directions. Salisbury is one of the most unique medieval English cathedrals and a tremendous example of Early English Gothic style architecture. In 2008, the Salisbury Cathedral observed its 750th anniversary since the dedication of its completion in 1258. Within the Cathedral is one of the four original copies of Magna Carta as well as the oldest functioning clock in Europe. Visitors can experience a one-of-a-kind excursion with the Cathedral’s tower tour, which includes climbing 332 steps to the base of the spire, but the glorious Salisbury scenery is well worth the trip.
Stately homes and gardens are another feature Salisbury and the very nearby areas provide guests. Wilton House is comprised of 21 acres of landscaped park areas with lovely features like water and rose gardens. It was built on the grounds of a 9th century nunnery. Visitors delight while viewing the award-winning introductory movie narrated by Anna Massey that covers 460 years of history. The Mompesson House is an 18th-century house in the Cathedral Close famous for its exceptional oak staircase and walled garden with a tearoom. This stately home was also featured in the film ‘Sense and Sensibility’.
With fairly mild temperatures all year-round, usually lows in the 30s in the winter and highs in the 70s during the summer, the weather in Salisbury is similar to most English weather. The spring, March, April and May, is a popular time to visit especially if wanting to see the stately homes and gardens. If visiting during the winter a coat, gloves and hat may be necessary due to the windy and wet conditions. However, snow is rare, but frost and chilly air are frequent guests during December, January and February.
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