Stonehenge and Salisbury Staycation| City Escape

Salisbury {pronounced SawZ Bree} is a medieval as well as Cathedral city located in Wiltshire Southern part England. Lying only 9 miles away from the Stonehenge, the city is a tourist spot for many visiting South of England. The Stonehenge is a World UNESCO heritage site maintained by the National Trust and English Heritage.  Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and its old site, Old Sarum as well as the city itself attract many tourists yearly.

Over the Easter weekend, I surprised the OH with a trip to this medieval cathedral city for our first staycation. I had been wanting to visit the Stonehenge for the longest time, it is a bucketlist place to visit. It is always nice to tick items off the bucketlist especially those that have been on for the longest time. I am also happy that this trip was a local adventures trip, where I was able to explore cities which are local to me.

Salisbury

Whereto Stay in Salisbury

Depending on the purpose of your visit, Salisbury has an abundance of truly magical hotels and B&Bs. Our hotel was a short walk to the city centre and close enough to the Cathedral and museum. The purpose of our trip was to see both the cathedral and museum but also the Stonehenge. We stayed at the Best Western’s Red Lion Hotel for a bargain price of £69 per night. The room was quaint an overall feel of the hotel was cosy, I definitely love that it was a 13-century coaching inn. This added the extra charm to the hotel but definitely lacks in parking space which is not free.

We only spent the night at the hotel but we definitely enjoyed ourselves, being so close to Nandos was a bonus. The traditional pub was definitely inviting and so was the afternoon tea offered at the hotel. It is a perfect location especially with good weather allowing you to seat outside for a cool drink.

Salisbury

Must See places in Salisbury

I chose Salisbury for our staycation specifically for the proximity to the Stonehenge and did not know much else. The city has been in the news of late in regards to the supposed poisoning of a former Russian spy. Obviously this couldn’t have come at a bad time, the OH thought I wanted to poison him too. I told him, there better, cleaner and untraceable ways to do it than how it was done. Let’s just say that kept him quite for a little while longer than I imagine. What can I say, I am a scientist by training and an avid watcher of crime dramas, so I know a thing or two.

Anyway, back to the lovely town of Salisbury, located about 90 minutes drive from Oxford in Wiltshire. The city is filled with so much history, from the actual name to the Iron age constructions within the town. When I reserved the hotel, I started to research things to do in the city, and Sam never fails me. She shared this Weekend Guide about Salisbury and suggested some places to see. I knew for sure that I wanted to visit the Cathedral and Salisbury Museum as well as the Stonehenge.

Salisbury Cathedral

 Salisbury Cathedral

An Anglican cathedral with an impressive church spire which is the tallest in the UK and the oldest working close. I was definitely mesmerized by the beauty of the Cathedral, from the house, the architecture is most impressive. To say the inside is the most beautiful would be an understatement, it took 38 years to complete the main body.  The history of the church is truly fascinating, from the Magna Carta to the Old Sarum. It is a must visit church especially if you’re into Gothic cathedrals.

Salisbury Museum

I was really looking forward to checking out the museum but unfortunately it was closed over the Easter period. We got chance to glance at the museum from the outside and hoping on our next visit it will be open. The museum houses one of the best collections of local archaeological finds as well as those relating to the Stonehenge. It is housed in the King’s House where it is reported King James I used to entertain guests.

Stonehenge

 

Stonehenge

The overall highlight and purpose of our visit to Salisbury, though the OH’s comment left me speechless. As a National Trust and English Heritage member entrance and parking is free which is a bonus. Arriving at the site you have an option to either take the 5 minute bus ride to the circle or 20-25 minute walk. It was a cold rainy and miserable day, we opted for the free shuttle bus to the circle plus audio guide.

The Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument owned by the Crown and part of UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. No one knows exactly how the circle came to be and truly purpose, it’s still a mystery to be marveled at. The stones stand at 13 feet each in a ring of standing stones and are regarded as a British cultural icon. It is truly fascinating learning about what has been uncovered and the various historical and non-significant theories.

Stonehenge - salisbury

Both the English Heritage (manages to Stonehenge) and National Trust (owns the surrounding area) work to preserve it. Members of both English Heritage and NT enter the site for free, non-members can purchase tickets {17.50} on the day. Can be cheaper when booked online plus you have an opportunity to donate whatever you want. I am very happy to have been able to visit in person, experience it for myself and can not wait to visit again.

One thing I do wish we did when we visited the Salisbury Cathedral was go up the tower for a bird’s eye view. That’s one of my favourite past times whenever I visit a new place, I like finding the highest point of the city. I can definitely recommend visiting the city for a more home-feel feeling and great touristy places.

Salisbury

 

Salisbury

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35 Comments

  1. lexhan
    April 17, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    Beautiful destination and rich history in here. I love the post and learnt a thing or more from it all. Amazing images too.

  2. kim@hungryhealthygirl
    April 13, 2018 / 11:23 am

    What a beautiful place! I love all of the info you gave. Would love to visit someday!

  3. Dee Jaye
    April 12, 2018 / 12:49 am

    This looks amazing to visit and the pics are great. i would love to visit one day

  4. April 11, 2018 / 11:39 pm

    Salisbury looks like such a beautiful place to visit with plenty to do, it’s always great exploring a new place and taking lots of photos along the way x

  5. Mellissa Williams
    April 11, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    What a beautiful place to visit, I would love to visit there one day – especially Stonehenge, it is such an iconic landmark.

  6. April 11, 2018 / 9:01 am

    I have to admit, I’ve never been to Salisbury or Stonehenge before, but it’s on the bucket list – it looks so pretty there! x

  7. Hannah Anderson
    April 11, 2018 / 7:44 am

    Never been to Stonehenge now but thanks to your very informative post I really want to now!

  8. April 11, 2018 / 6:59 am

    Very informative! Just in time when I am planning to visit UK next year. That cathedral is a must see!

  9. Alison Rost
    April 11, 2018 / 6:14 am

    It’s amazing that you were able to visit and see these beautiful sights for yourself. I love that you can also donate when you can, it’s one of the best ways to help out in preserving these lovely places!

  10. mail4rosey
    April 11, 2018 / 3:18 am

    I have researched Salisbury a bit. I’d love to go visit. Stonehenge is a classic that I would enjoy visiting.

  11. Adaleta Avdic
    April 11, 2018 / 2:38 am

    These photos are so amazing! I have always wanted to go to the Stonehenge.

  12. April 11, 2018 / 1:58 am

    Those pictures and sites are stunning. I can imagine how amazing this experience was.

  13. HomeJobsbyMOM
    April 10, 2018 / 11:45 pm

    Such amazing photos! I love all of it and totally want to go there one day. My husband says its a plan once the kids are out of the house.

  14. April 10, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    I love this part of the country. Stonehenge is on our bucket list too.

  15. Mary Jingjing Mortos Lopez
    April 10, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    The cathedral is very rich with architectural designs, it was amazing to see its structure in your photos.

  16. Laura
    April 10, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    I’d love to visit Stonehenge. My friends have been and they said that the walk to get there was worth it, especially with a picnic to look forward to at the end! xxx

  17. Ickle Pickle
    April 10, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    We visited Salisbury for the first time last year and fell in love with the place, it is lovely! Love Stonehenge too. Kaz

  18. KGR
    April 10, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit Stonehenge but never have got round to it! I never knew that Salisbury had a museum though, it must have interesting to explore the city.

  19. April 10, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    Now THIS is a staycation I would LOVE to do! Such a beautiful place!

  20. Sanne
    April 10, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    Wait, is that how you pronounce Salisbury, haha? Stonehenge is definitely on my bucket list!

    Sanne

    • April 11, 2018 / 8:20 am

      Yes, I had been pronouncing it wrong for years lol

  21. Annie Cho
    April 10, 2018 / 1:09 pm

    I haven’t visited any of these spots, and would love to go! Stonehenge looks so eerie, and I love historic architecture!
    xoxo
    Annie

  22. Annreeba Joy
    April 10, 2018 / 10:54 am

    This sounds you had an amazing visit in Salisbury. Adding this to our bucket list. Thanks for sharing.

  23. April 10, 2018 / 9:56 am

    Learned a lot about Salisbury. There are so many things to see.

    • April 10, 2018 / 10:45 am

      Thanks for stopping by

  24. April 9, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    Oh wow it looks like you had such an amazing time visiting Salisbury. I would LOVE to go to Stonehenge but I couldn’t go and walk the distance you need to so the nearest I’ll ever get is seeing it from the road and others pictures.

    • April 10, 2018 / 10:52 am

      Awww bless, there is a shuttle bus available then a small short walk to see them but otherwise from the car is fine too

  25. April 9, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    I live in Poole so I have been to Salisbury quite often for day trips. I did go to Stonehenge once as well and I did enjoy it. I think the audio guide makes the entire place come to life, otherwise there would be just some stones and that’s it.

    • April 10, 2018 / 10:52 am

      Agreed, the audio guide definitely brought it to life for me, I loved it so much.

  26. Chana + George
    April 9, 2018 / 11:59 am

    My father was in the Navy and one of his favorite places he’s ever visited was Stonehenge. My husband and I are about to move to Italy and we can’t wait to visit these places! Great resource and history background!

    Thanks,
    Chana

  27. OnceUponADollhouse
    April 9, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    You’re inspiring our wanderlust! Adding this to our bucket list.

  28. April 9, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    Oh wow, I’ve been pronouncing this all wrong every time lol, now I know. I need to visit Stonehenge this year.

  29. April 9, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    Ooo this just excites me. I just love history. I was at Stonehenge YEARS ago as a teen, but I didn’t appreciate it then. I need to go back and show my kids.

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