Places to Visit
Arts and Leisure
Tours of Salisbury
Events in Salisbury
Transport and Travel
Food and Drink
Shopping in Salisbury
Sports in Salisbury
The Surrounding Area
Books on Salisbury
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City Centre Street Map and Guide 2002
Tel: 01980 624715.
This megalithic monument on Salisbury Plain dates from about 2800 BC,
and still remains an intriguing mystery. No one knows who built it or
its purpose. It has been suggested that the arrangement of the stones
enabled accurate observations of the heavens. It originally consisted
of a continuous circle of 30 stones, each 18 feet high and weighing about
25 tonnes, linked together at the top with lintels. Within the circle
were five separate pairs of uprights, each with their own lintel, arranged
in a horseshoe, and an altar stone. Around the Stonehenge site there are
many more prehistoric sites, and a walking guide is available from the
Open daily mid-March to May 9.30am-6pm, June to August 9am-7pm, September
to mid-October 9.30am-6pm, mid-October to mid-March 9.30am-4pm. Ticket
price includes a complimentary audio tour in several languages. Stonehenge
Kitchen provides refreshments but there is no indoor seating. Gift shop.
Baby changing facilities. Good disabled access and toilet. From Salisbury
follow the A345 to Amesbury and follow the signs (about 9 miles). There
are regular buses from Salisbury to Stonehenge. Guide Friday offers a
guided Stonehenge Tour from Salisbury Railway Station. Tel: 01722 336855
for bus and coach details. See the Tours section
for more information.
Wilton (3 miles west of Salisbury on the A30).
Tel: 01722 746720 for general enquiries or 01722 746729 for 24 hour recorded
Wilton House was built in the 16th century on the site of a 9th century
nunnery, and has been the home of the Earls of Pembroke ever since. An
enjoyable 17 minute film introduces the house and its history. Much of
the house was destroyed by fire in 1647, and was rebuilt to a design by
Inigo Jones. The splendour of the Double Cube Room is breathtaking - it
was the setting for scenes from The Madness of King George and
Sense and Sensibility. Wilton House has one of the finest private
art collections in Britain, including paintings by Rubens, Brueghel and
Van Dyck. Other attractions include the Tudor Kitchen and Victorian Laundry,
"The Wareham Bears" - 200 dressed miniature teddies, and a massive adventure
playground for children, set in extensive parkland. There are woodland
and riverside walks in the 21 acres of landscaped parkland.
Open daily from April to October 11am-6pm (last admission 5pm). The
Palladian restaurant serves drinks, snacks and hot meals. Gift shop. Wheelchair
access. There is a frequent bus service from Salisbury.
WILTON CARPET FACTORY:
King Street, Wilton (3 miles west of Salisbury on the A30).
Tel: 01722 744919.
The Wilton Carpet Factory is the original home of the world famous carpet
manufacturer. You can see the looms in action, and experience the history
of carpet making in the museum.
Open Monday to Saturday 9am-5.30pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm. Factory tours,
lasting about 60 minutes, are highly recommended. Wheelchair access to
most of the site. Coffee shop.
For further information about Salisbury, including a free visitor
pack, please contact the Salisbury Tourist