There are many reasons to set up home in Salisbury, not least that it has been voted as one of the world’s Top Ten cities to visit by Lonely Planet. And here’s why:
(Short film ‘Salisbury City: in the Countryside’ reproduced courtesy of Visit Wiltshire)
Salisbury has been an important provincial city for more than a thousand years, with architecture ranging from medieval walls and half-timbered Tudor townhouses, to Georgian mansions and Victorian villas. And it’s also a lively place to be, with the buzz of the nightlife and restaurant culture that you’d expect of any modern city.
Set in the picturesque rural county of Wiltshire, there are three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty nearby – landscape that’s protected to preserve its own unique natural character. Local scenery includes the iconic white horses carved into the rolling downs, along with ancient woodland and chalk grassland – and because so much of it is protected, it’s as rich and beautiful now as it was in the past. Whatever your preferred method for enjoying the great outdoors, you’ll be able to pursue it here.
Salisbury Cathedral is one of the UK’s most iconic medieval buildings, and at 123 metres it also boasts the UK’s tallest spire. Inside you’ll find what is thought to be the oldest working medieval clock in the world, along with one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta. Set in an impressive 80 acres, it is also the largest cathedral close in the UK.
Its High Performing Educational Establishments
Salisbury operates a grammar school system, and Wiltshire as a whole is well served by highly performing independent and state schools, from nursery through to sixth form, with GCSE performance above the average for the South West. Wiltshire College has one of its main campuses in Salisbury, and the college run a broad selection of courses in subject areas including engineering, health, business and finance and the creative and performing arts.
Its Urban and Rural Travel Connections
Salisbury has excellent road, rail, bus and coach links to London, as well as Bath and the south coast. Two main rail routes intersect Salisbury, with a direct route to London Waterloo that takes less than 90 minutes. The cosmopolitan cities of Bristol and Southampton and the tourist meccas of Bath and Bournemouth are all within easy reach, whilst the Swindon Designer Outlet offers plenty of retail therapy nearby as well.
Its Local Arts Centre and Festivals
The Salisbury Arts Centre is a multi-artform venue that hosts theatre, exhibitions, dance, music and comedy. Meanwhile the nearby Larmer Tree Festival is an extremely popular family friendly festival. Other events during the year include the Salisbury Food and Drink Festival as well as the Salisbury International Arts Festival, which returns in 2019, fresh from a year long break.
Its nearby historic and cultural attractions
The World Heritage site of Stonehenge is just eight miles from Salisbury, and offers a magnetism that has drawn people to it for centuries. If you like your stately homes and National Trust properties, there’s the spectacular Stourhead and Lacock Abbey, as well as Wilton House.For the perfect family day out there’s Longleat Safari Park, or if you’re looking for an adventurous short break, there’s Centre Parcs Longleat Forest – both of which are in easy reach.
Our staff at Salisbury District Hospital have long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment they provide for our patients and for their innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in our award of NHS Foundation Trust status. This is afforded to hospitals that provide the highest standards of care.