salisbury cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral, one of Britain's most iconic heritage and tourist attractions with Britain's tallest spire (123m) and home  to the finest of the four surviving  1215, has plenty new for visitors in 2014 and is busy preparing for the 800th anniversary celebrations of Magna Carta in 2015. See Europe's oldest working clock, on a tour with one of our volunteer guides. Built between 1220 and 1258, in one architectural style, Salisbury is Britain's finest 13th century Gothic cathedral.
"Salisbury Cathedral is the single most beautiful structure in England, and the Close around it the most beautiful space" Bill Bryson - Notes from a Small Island.

salisbury racecourse

Salisbury Racecourse is a flat racecourse in the United Kingdom featuringthoroughbred horse racing. It is located four miles from Salisbury, Wiltshire. England. Fifteen race meetings a year are held here between early May and mid-October

old sarum

Old Sarum is the site of the earliest settlement of Salisbury, in England. The site contains evidence of human habitation as early as 3000 BC. Old Sarum is mentioned in some of the earliest records in the country. It is located on a hill about two miles north of modern Salisbury.
Old Sarum was originally an Iron age hill fort strategically placed on the conjunction of two trade routes and the River Avon. The hill fort is broadly oval in shape, it consists of a double bank and intermediate ditch with an entrance on the eastern side. The site was used by the Romans, becoming the town of Sorviodunum. The Saxons used the site as a stronghold against marauding Vikings, and the Normans built a stone curtain wall around the Iron age perimeter and a centrally placed castle on a motte protected by a deep dry moat. A royal palace was built within the castle for King Henry I and subsequently used by Plantagenet monarchs. A Norman cathedral and bishop's residence were built at the western end of the town.

places to visit in Salisbury Wiltshire