Salisbury is a cathedral city in Wiltshire, and the only city within the county.
Salisbury is the original of "Melchester" in Thomas Hardy's novels, such as Jude the Obscure. A lively account of the Salisbury markets, as they were in 1842, is contained in Chapter 5 of "Martin Chuzzlewit" by Charles Dickens.
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Salisbury Cathedral formally known as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is an Anglican cathedral in Salisbury, England, and one of the leading examples of Early English architecture. The cathedral has the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom (123m/404 ft). Visitors can take the "Tower Tour" where the interior of the hollow spire, with its ancient wood scaffolding, can be viewed. The cathedral also has the largest cloister and the largest cathedral close in Britain. It contains the world's oldest working clock (from AD 1386) and has the best surviving of the four original copies of Magna Carta
Arundells Arundells is a Grade II listed house at 59 Cathedral Close and was the home of Edward Heath, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, from 1985 until his death in 2005.The house and its garden are open to the public five days a week from late March to late October each year (it is closed on Thursdays and Fridays). Visitors can pre-book timed tours of Arundells on its official website or gain access on the door whenever tours are not full.
Salisbury Cathedral sits in the spectacular setting of the largest and most lovely Cathedral Close in Britain (80 acres). Within its historic walls there are four other attractions which are well worth a visit. Arundells, Mompesson House, The Rifles (Berkshire & Wiltshire) Museum and Salisbury Museum.
Welcome to The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum. The Wardrobe, 58 The Close.
There are over 36,000 items in the Collection including many photographs.
Harnham Water Meadows incorporate a surviving part of the irrigation system once widespread across the Wessex chalkland. Take a guided walk around the historic watermeadows overlooked by Salisbury Cathedral, the location of some of John Constable's paintings. The meadows are best seen from the Town Path that runs from Longbridge at Fisherton in Salisbury (near where Constable painted the Cathedral) to Harnham Mill.