Salisbury is located in south Wiltshire, close to the Hampshire border. It has great historic significance dating back to medieval times. Salisbury is most famous for its cathedral which has the tallest spire of any church in the UK.
The cathedral is located in an ancient walled area known as Cathedral Close, which includes many of the most impressive historic buildings in the City. Within the Close, you’ll find Salisbury Museum, Arundells & Mompesson House which have housed notable historic figures including author William Golding and former Prime Minister Edward Heath.
On the outskirts of Salisbury, the Iron Age hill fort of Old Sarum is worth a visit. Dating back to 400BC, the setting has been used throughout history as a settlement and later as a military fort by the Romans.
3 miles from Salisbury is the Grade I listed stately home of Wilton House. Wilton House is the seat of the Earl of Pembroke and is one of the most impressive country homes in England with a magnificent Palladian Brigade. Today the location is often used for filming and TV productions, including Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Barry Lyndon’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and more recently for the Netflix smash hit ‘Bridgerton’.
Salisbury was also of major importance during World War II. Over 2000 Spitfire aircraft were built in secret by engineers and public hidden away in sheds, garages and yards. The Luftwaffe used the Spire of Salisbury Cathedral as a way-marker for their inland bombing sorties an as such it was left untouched. This made Salisbury the perfect choice for a clandestine aircraft factory.
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