The City of Salisbury
Salisbury is a beautiful city and home to some of the most historic landmarks in England. These include the world-famous and truly epic Stonehenge, situated on Salisbury Plain, and the enormous Salisbury Cathedral, which is regarded as one of the finest medieval cathedrals in the United Kingdom and was built around 800 years ago.
Salisbury is a lively city, with regular markets taking place twice a week in the historic Market Square, lots of shopping in the small side streets and main High Street and plenty of friendly traditional English pubs and old inns for you to try local food and local beer.
The Cathedral and famous Cathedral Close, beautiful parks and meadows, interesting museums, outdoor events, Festivals and very friendly locals make Salisbury the ideal place to come and study and immerse yourself in English life!
From High Street shops offering fashion, books and local specialities to Tourist shops and sports shops Salisbury has something for everyone!
The Odeon Cinema (which is housed in a mock Tudor building with a genuine 15th Century entrance hall) has 5 screens and shows all the latest films.
The Salisbury Playhouse is one of the UK’s leading producing theatres, and stages a wide range of classic and contemporary plays, musicals and children’s theatre on its two stages.
The City Hall hosts a programme of live entertainment including bands, comedy and dance.
The Arts Centre is a cultural focus for the city and stages live theatre, music and comedy, with exhibitions, arthouse films and a bar.
Food & Drinks
Cafes & Tea Rooms in Salisbury
There are lots of options for cafés and tea rooms available in Salisbury, from independent cafés dotted along some of our side streets and the Market Place through to well-known chains such as Costa Coffee and Starbucks. While you are in Salisbury you should try a traditional cream tea and some delicious home- made cake!
Make the short walk to Fisherton Mill, off Fisherton Street, for an award-winning café experience in a unique building that also doubles up as a gallery. Or why not relax in the Cathedral Close in one of the attraction’s tea rooms including Mompesson House, the King’s Café in The Salisbury Museum. There is also a refectory within Sarum College or you can even enjoy a cup of coffee with views straight up Salisbury Cathedral’s spire if you make a visit to Salisbury Cathedral’s Refectory.
Make sure you try famous English fish and chips too!
Many of the cafés and tea rooms are set in historic buildings, look out for wooden beams, cosy alcoves and friendly service.
A short distance from the city centre, you’ll find cafés some of the pretty nearby towns including Wilton and Amesbury or the villages of Tisbury and Downton.
Pubs & Inns in Salisbury
Some of Salisbury’s pubs and inns date back to the 14th century and many still retain their historic charm. Pubs are a great place to have a relaxing drink and a meal and it’s easy to know some of our local residents who will be happy to tell you about the City. The King’s Head is a popular meeting place for students especially at the weekends.
There are several pubs and restaurants around Salisbury’s Market Place including the Market Inn and the Ox Row Inn and also around the old medieval squares that form the historic city centre.
As well as many historic pubs and inns there are several bars in Salisbury too. Popular bars can be found on Bridge Street, Catherine Street and Milford Street and Salisbury’s main nightclub, The Chapel, can also be found on Milford Street.
The City has been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag for the quality of its management of the evening and night time economy.
Festivals in Salisbury
From cultural festivals through to food and drink festivals, there is lots of choice on a visit to Salisbury. We’ve put together details of some of the key festivals that take place in and around the city:
Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival
Taking place annually during late May – early June, the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival brings with it a mix of theatre, concerts, performances and exhibitions.
Salisbury Food and Drink Festival
Organised by the Salisbury International Arts Festival, the food and drink festival usually takes place during September for around one week. Here you can sample food from all over the world as well as local specialities, you can see cookery demonstrations, sample local foods or head to the beer tent to try some of our local ales and ciders.