There are some wonderful tourist attractions in Salisbury including the Cathedral, St Thomas's Church and Stonehenge as well as The Rifles Museum and The Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum which are near by in the Cathedral Close.

Salisbury has a great range of shops if shopping is your thing as well as a Charter market on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The market is held on the market square (!) and is usually packed with people and traders selling their lovely fresh produce.

If you are looking for attractions outside of the city of Salisbury, you'll find some fantastic, historical places below .. We hope that you enjoy your visit, there are plenty of places to visit in Salisbury. 

Salisbury Cathedral

Why not visit the historic Cathedral set in the beautiful surroundings of the Cathedral close. It's over 750 years old and features the tallest spire of any cathedral in the land at 404 feet. It also contains the oldest working medieval clock in the world, made by 1386. 

There are guided tours of the Cathedral Tower available and they can be booked online at the Tower tour times and booking page. Salisbury Cathedral is usually open from 09:00 - 17:00 in the summer and 12:00 to 16:00 in the winter.

Scheduled tower tours run daily throughout the year and are limited to 12 people per tour. They can be booked online at the Tower tour times and booking page.

Please visit the Salisbury Cathedral website for more details.

Salisbury Museums

Also located in The Close are some interesting museums that you may like to visit. There are also some lovely cafes where you might enjoy afternoon tea after visiting the attractions.

The Salisbury Museum - The Kings House, 65 The Close. Website

The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum - The Wardrobe, 58 The Close. Website

Mompesson House - The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EL. Website

Arundells - The former home of Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath. Website

Bernieres Tea Room, 58 The Close. Website

The King's House Cafe, 65 The Close. Website

Salisbury Cathderal Photo

St Thomas and St Edmund Church

St Thomas’s Church is located in St Thomas’s square and is just a few hunderd yards away from the Cathedral Close. The Church is home to the famous Doom Painting as well as 3 medieval wall paintings in the Lady Chapel.

For more details of St Thomas's Church please see their website


Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in South Wiltshire, about 2 miles west of Amesbury and 8 miles north of The city of Salisbury. Stonehenge is one of the most famous heritage sites in the world. Stonehenge is open every day of the year except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Please visit the Stonehenge website for more details.

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Although some 30 miles away, Avebury is certainly worth a visit. Avebury was erected 4 - 5 thousand years ago and is the largest stone circle in the world. It's owned by The National Trust and Is located just to the West of Marlborough.

For more details, visit the website

Wilton House

Wilton House is an English country house situated at Wilton near Salisbury in Wiltshire. It has been the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years.The first recorded building on the site of Wilton House was a priory founded by King Egbert circa 871.

Wilton House is generally open during the summer from 11.30am – 5pm, with last admission at 4.30pm. The grounds are open for most of the year but please visit the Wilton House website for more details.


Woodhenge is a Neolithic Class I henge and timber circle monument located in the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. It is just 2 miles north-east of Stonehenge in Durrington, just north of Amesbury on the A345. 

Woodhenge is open to the public all year round but please visit the Woodhenge website for more details

Old Sarum

Located on a hilltop north of modern Salisbury, Old Sarum is the site of the original city, showing evidence of habitation from 3000BC to 1219 when the bishop relocated Salisbury Cathedral to its current location. Until 1832 Old Sarum was a 'rotten borough', electing two members of parliament despite long periods during which there were no residents. Most of the site is free to enter, although there is a charge to enter the Inner Bailey. Old Sarum is located at the top of Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire - SP1 3SD

Old Sarum is open to visitors through most of the year but (yep, you guessed) please visit the Old Sarum Website

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Please let me know if you can recommend any other lovely tourist attractions in Salisbury.