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33 Butcher Row
This Tudor timber-framed shop was beautifully restored in 1994. Much of the original fabric was uncovered as later facings were stripped away. Some carved beams discovered during the restoration are on display in the shop. Notice the wooden pegs used...
 
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36 Silver Street
Wandering around Salisbury you notice how many of its old timber-framed buildings survive. This one stands at the junction of Silver and Minster Streets, facing the Poultry Cross. This area was part of the Market Square when the city was...
 
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  Some English cities have forgotten their history, not the case with Salisbury; but then again its probably hard to when you've got such a reminder as Salisbury Cathedral. Much of the city retains a charming medieval feel about it but that's not to say its stuck in the past either. Modern shops and amusements blend perfectly with the past in Salisbury including the award winning museums and period houses.   - DeanWang
 
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Alchemy at the Chough
The regularity of this timber front gives away its modern date, but what lies behind is a genuinely old inn. The main front (shown here) faces Castle Street, but there is another entrance from the Market Square. The interior has...
 
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Brickett’s Almshouse
The present building is a Victorian pastiche, but the charity dates back to the days of Henry VIII. Of all English cities, Salisbury is the third best provided with almshouses per head of population. Thomas Brickett’s Hospital was founded in...
 
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Choristers Green
Surrounded by gracious houses, this grassy quadrangle makes a pleasant place to rest in a busy day of sightseeing or shopping. It gets its name from the former school for cathedral choristers, now known as Wren Hall, which stands...
 
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Church House
This picturesque building beside the Avon began life as a merchant’s home. Wealthy William Lightfoot built himself a courtyard house in the 15th Century, which he called The Falcon. It became the city workhouse in 1628 and one range dates...
 
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Church of St Paul
When the village of Fisherton was absorbed into Salisbury, this Victorian church replaced the old parish church. St Clement’s was demolished in 1852 and its materials used for the new church designed by Thomas Henry Wyatt. The simple medieval font...
 
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Church of St Thomas
The first parish church of the city was built beside the market square. Originally it would have served the workmen building the cathedral, as well as new town settlers. It was rebuilt on a larger scale in three phases...
 
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City Hall Entertainment Centre
City Hall is the city’s chief venue for national touring shows. But it also hosts local amateur events, exhibitions and lectures. It was opened in 1937 as the New Picture House and remained a cinema until it was bought by...
 
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Clock Tower, The
Beside Fisherton bridge stands a local landmark. This typically Victorian tower is a loving memorial. A Salisbury doctor, John Roberts, paid for it in 1892 in memory of his wife, Arabella. It has an illuminated clock with four dials. The...
 
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Cloisters, The
There is more to this building than meets the eye. A casual glance will spot its Georgian windows. The date c.1750 is painted on the front, which would fit them. Yet the proportions are those of an older building...
 
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Coach and Horses, The
This pub was once a coaching inn, as the name suggests. The archway once led into the inn yard, which now contains a large beer garden. Notice the painting of a Georgian coach and horses over the archway. The attractive...
 
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Council House, The
Salisbury District Council has the grandest house in the city. It was long known as College House, after the medieval College of St Edmund founded here. Sir Wadham Wyndham, judge of the King’s Bench, bought the remains of the college...
 
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Crane Bridge
Bridges were crucial to Salisbury’s success as a medieval trading centre. It was important to have safe, dry river crossings for people coming in to the market from places round about. Crane Bridge was built in the 15th Century. Although...
 
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Cross Keys Shopping Centre
Here is one of the hidden pleasures of Salisbury. From Queen Street a Georgian façade frames the entrance, but far older history lies within. The modern shopping precinct was created around the former inn yard of the Plume of Feathers....
 
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Edwin Young Gallery
The Edwin Young Gallery offers visitors a fine collection of artwork on general display. It has gained a well deserved reputation for being one of the most innovative and forward thinking galleries in the local region. There is...
 
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Fisherton Mill
Tucked away behind the shops on Fisherton Street is a former grain mill, now used as a commercial art gallery with café. Studio workshops cluster around its courtyard, where sculpture is dotted around amid umbrella-shaded tables. Fisherton Mill...
 
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Frowd’s Almshouses
A merchant of Salisbury named Edward Frowd founded this haven for the needy. He left a bequest in 1719 for the charitable purpose, but it was not until 1750 that this sturdy red brick edifice was complete. The building has...
 
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General Infirmary, The
The General Infirmary was part of the first wave of hospitals on modern principles, with permanent medical staff. As the lettering across the front proudly records, it was built entirely by voluntary contributions. The first patients were admitted in 1767....
 
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Guildhall
A stirring sculpture of the British lion with the helmets of the fallen adorns the memorial to those lost in two world wars. Behind it you see the stately Georgian Guildhall. It was designed by Sir Robert Taylor and...
 
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Hall of John Halle
John Halle was a wealthy clothier who was elected mayor of Salisbury four times and was Salisbury’s MP. He defended the rights of its citizens against their overlord the Bishop of Salisbury with such vigour that he offended the king...
 
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Harnham Bridge
Built in 1245 by Bishop Bingham, this bridge encouraged travellers to cross the Avon at Salisbury, so drawing traffic through the new city. The bishop followed the common medieval practice of founding a chapel on the bridge. The centre of...
 
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Harnham Gate
You could see this as the back door to the cathedral close. When the close was first walled around in the 14th Century, this gate led out to the River Avon and the countryside. The nearest village was Harnham, hence...
 
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Haunch of Venison
The first floor restaurant of the Haunch of Venison extends into the building next door with decorative bargeboards. Both buildings form part of a row of timber-framed shops built in the 15th Century along one side of the Market Square....
 
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Heale House Garden
Heale House and its eight acres of beautiful garden lie beside the River Avon at Middle Woodford, just north of Salisbury. Much of the house (not open) us unchanged since King Charles II hid here in 1651. The garden includes...
 
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John Creasey Gallery
This gallery is in a beautiful location for visitors and local people to admire artworks. It has a commitment to invigorating peoples interest in art and offers an accessible and high quality collection throughout the year. Ever changing,...
 
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Joiners Hall
Craftsmen long banded together in guilds, each with its own meeting place. The joiners of Salisbury built themselves this eye-catching guildhall in the 17th Century. Where better to show off their skills? The façade is enlivened with carvings, including grotesque...
 
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King's House, The
Award-winning museum designated as having outstanding archaeology collections of national importance. The King’s House in Salisbury is home of the re-designed Stonehenge Gallery, Warminster Jewel and Monkton Deverill gold torc. Displays of pre-history, Romans, Saxons, the medieval history of Old...
 
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Malmesbury House
Just inside St Ann’s Gate is this fascinating house built right into the wall of the close. Originally there was a house here for one of the cathedral canons. The present building displays the wealth of the Harris family, who...
 
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Maltings, The
This pleasant modern development takes its name from the malthouses that long stood here, taking advantage of the fresh water supply. Now it is a shopping precinct and entertainment district. Gardens are attractively laid out between the River Avon and...
 
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Market Inn
Butcher Row developed from a row of market stalls. Over the Middle Ages traders gradually replaced their stalls with a strip of shops facing Butcher Row on one side and the Market Square on the other. That is why...
 
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Matron’s College
This appealing building is part of Salisbury’s heritage of care. It was founded in 1682 by Bishop Seth Ward to house twelve widows of clergy, which it still does. Over the entrance is the royal arms and a Latin inscription...
 
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Medieval Hall, The
Imagine the rich scents of feasting wafting through this impressive hall, as medieval Deans of Salisbury entertained the great and the good. The hall was the hub of the 13th Century deanery. The building was modified to meet changing needs...
 
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Mill, The
The present building, now a restaurant and pub, dates from the 18th Century, but the mill’s history is much longer. Mills were generally rebuilt on the same site, carefully chosen to take best advantage of water flow. So it...
 
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Mompesson House
The house built for the Mompesson family is the most imposing in Choristers Green. Today it is owned by the National Trust. A fine example of Stuart architecture, it was begun in the 1680s and completed in 1701. Inside...
 
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New Inn
The picturesque New Inn was once a row of Tudor houses. The western part shown here was converted into a pub first. The inn has now absorbed a neighbouring restaurant, which has added two more former houses to its range....
 
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North Canonry
The Close was once lined with houses for the cathedral canons. This is one of the few that remain. Medieval in origin, it was largely rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries and later sympathetically restored by Sir Giles...
 
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North Gate
Here’s a relic of uneasy times. In 1327 the king allowed the cathedral authorities to protect their close with a massive wall. Great gates guarded the entrances. Not only are they still there, but they are still locked every night....
 
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Old George
This historic inn now forms the entrance to a pedestrian shopping precinct. The inn is first mentioned in 1361. Unusually it was owned by the city fathers for most of its existence. The George was one of Salisbury’s major...
 
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Old Mill Hotel
For centuries this was a working mill, straddling the river and mill races. The oldest part dates from around 1500 and still has its Tudor mullioned windows and arched door frames. It is a striking building, with its checkers...
 
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Old Sarum Castle
The massive Iron Age hillfort of Old Sarum (Old Salisbury) was reused by the Romans, Saxons and Normans, before growing into one of the most flourishing settlements in medieval England. This fascinating and dramatic site contains the ruins of a...
 
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Ox Row Inn
This building is intriguingly two-faced. Its façades to Butcher Row and Market Square are quite different. The Butcher Row face shows its true age. It is a 16th Century timber-framed building, though bricked in on the ground floor in Victorian...
 
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Pheasant Inn
This picturesque 15th Century inn stands on the corner of Salt Lane and Rollestone Street. Originally it was the Crispin Inn, named after the patron saint of shoemakers. We may guess that Salisbury’s shoemakers used it for their guild...
 
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Poultry Cross
This appealing little building used to give shelter to market traders. Salisbury’s market was crucial to its success as a city. When the first market cross was erected on this site, it would have been close to the centre of...
 
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Prezzo
On the corner of High Street and Crane Street is this irresistible oddity. A row of three timber-framed houses has been converted into a restaurant. Built in the Middle Ages, it has suffered subsidence over the centuries, which has left...
 
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Queen Elizabeth Gardens
This charming park makes the most of the Avon riverside with weeping willows and rustic bridges. It is popular with children, who can enjoy its play area, feed the ducks or paddle in the stream....
 
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Red Lion Hotel
Here is a fine example of a coaching inn. It is far older than it looks. An Elizabethan inn was given a late Georgian facelift. In fact the story is more complex. The hotel is a patchwork of periods. The...
 
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Rose and Crown Hotel
The long front of this old inn curves gently to follow the road. A striking example of timber-framing, it dates back centuries. It still retains interesting features inside and out, despite modernisation. The entrance in the centre of the front...
 
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Royal George
This building is older than it looks. A Georgian facelift was given to a 15th Century timber-framed building. Inside the wealth of exposed beams gives a better idea of its age. The pub is named for HMS Royal George,...
 
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Salisbury Arts Centre
The arts centre makes imaginative use of a redundant medieval church. St Edmund’s was once a massive collegiate church, but it was reduced by about half in the 17th century. The nave provides a performance space, while an aisle houses...
 
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Salisbury Baptist Church
There were Baptists in Salisbury from the 17th Century and in 1719 they built themselves a meeting house on this site. Pastor Philip Saffery founded a Sunday School in 1792. Children were taught to read, so that they...
 
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Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral is one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Britain. It is the mother church of the Salisbury Diocese, an area that covers most of the counties of Wiltshire and Dorset. Started in 1220, it was completed by 1258,...
 
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Salisbury Library & Galleries
Salisbury Library and Galleries are located in the Market Place at the very heart of this historic town, and represent one of the most important cultural exchanges in the locality. The library carries a large collection of texts that...
 
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Salisbury Playhouse
This lively theatre stages its own productions all year round. There is no resident company. Instead all shows are cast independently, so theatre-goers see a wide variety of actors. In addition it usually hosts a couple of touring shows a...
 
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Salisbury United Reformed Church
This eye-catching exercise in the Gothic Revival style was designed in 1879 by the London-based architectural firm of Tarring and Wilkinson. They added their own flourish with the unusual doorway in the base of the tower. The pointed arch is...
 
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Sarum College
This theological college was established in 1860 in this late 17th Century house. Its warm red brick front is an exercise in calm symmetry. But when the Victorian architect William Butterfield was asked to design a new chapel and library...
 
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Sarum St Martin Church
St Martin’s is older than Salisbury. Before the city was laid out, a village to its east was served by St Martin’s Church. It is of Norman origin, but the church was rebuilt from the 13th Century and is...
 
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St Ann’s Gate
This is one of four medieval gates to the cathedral close, which are still closed every night. It was built in about 1331, at the same time that the close was walled around. The room above the gate was...
 
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St Nicholas’s Hospital
Salisbury is well-supplied with picturesque almshouses. This one is first mentioned in 1214 and catered to the needs of the sick, the poor, and travellers. It was rebuilt by Bishop Bingham along with his construction of nearby Harnham Bridge. There...
 
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Taylor’s Almshouses
Some of Salisbury’s wealthy gave thought to the less fortunate. A city alderman, Thomas Taylor, left a bequest from which this almshouse was built in 1698. It was rebuilt in 1886 by the Municipal Charities Trustees, but they seem...
 
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Trinity Hospital
This charity was founded in 1379 by brothel-keeper Agnes Bottenham. As an act of penitance she opened the hospital on the site of the brothel to provide for 12 poor residents, give temporary shelter for 12 poor visitors and care...
 
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Wardrobe, The
The Wardrobe gets its odd name from days long gone. It stands on the site of the medieval bishop’s storehouse. The present building is a hotch-potch of periods with a Tudor core. It houses the museum of the Royal Gloucestershire,...
 
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Wren Hall
This gracious Queen Anne building was a school for the cathedral choristers from 1714 to 1947. The tradition of choir schools goes back into the Middle Ages. Cathedral schools would teach boys music and grammar. A former pupil of Salisbury...
 
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Any city with the tallest spire in England and a 13th century pub with a pewter bar and pickled hand has got to be worth a visit! Salisbury has a huge range of shops, bars, cafés, tearooms and restaurants, all very close together in the historic grid layout of a medieval city. Plenty of great hotels and independent B&Bs to choose from. The magical Stonehenge is nearby and an essential visit, and Bath, Longleat, Stourhead and the New Forest are all within an hour or so. Loads of wonderful riverside walks and stately homes to visit – there is almost too much to do!   - simon

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