24 hours in Salisbury

From Cathedral to coffee shop, from pub to Playhouse, there is much to squeeze into a 24 hour visit to Salisbury. Our medieval city is compact enough to explore on foot, but its timeless beauty will have you lost in a captivating past.

Before any visit we would advise that you check our what’s on page to see if there are any events happening during your visit. Whether you enjoy live music, an historical talk or entertaining street performers there are lots of options you may want to fit into your itinerary.

Salisbury Cathedral is a must-see, and with Britain’s tallest spire it’s certainly hard to miss! As well as the magnificent architecture, don’t forget to visit the Magna Carta and the world’s oldest working clock while you are there. If you want to dig a little deeper, take a free guided tour with experts, or head up with spire with their Tower Tour which will give you some of the best views of the city you’ll find. (**Please note the Tower Tour is suspended until further notice due to Covid restrictions.)

Salisbury has plenty of history on show, not just at the Cathedral, and to make the most of it why not take a free city guided tour. Check with the Information Centre on dates and times. Or if you want to try something a little different, take to the river for a punting tour.

Time for a break... you will be spoilt for choice whether you want a large meal or just a snack. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants to satisfy all foodie desires. The Salisbury Orangery is located just off the high street and is located in the most beautiful building. Or Sonder Coffee is another independent coffee shop on the high street which has a quirky design and serves great coffee. 

Sonder - Experience Salisbury

If the weather is good why not opt for a takeaway option and head to one of the many green spaces in Salisbury. Have a picnic in Queen Elizabeth Gardens where the kids can paddle in the river.

Spend a few hours shopping. As well as national chains, Salisbury has a strong independent retail community. Make the most of the eclectic mix of inviting indies to find a unique gift or treat for yourself.

Casa Fina and Hardings at Fifty Six are the places to go for gifts and homewares. For ladies fashion don't miss Conker and Anohki, and for men Regent. And for a sweet souvenir, check out Roly's Fudge Pantry and Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe

Roly's Fudge Pantry - Experience Salisbury

If you visit on a Saturday or Tuesday, make sure you head to the Market Place for the bi-weekly Charter Market. For 800 years the market has been running here and it’s a tradition that’s just as strong today as it was back then.

If you have time, take in an exhibition. Check what’s on at the Salisbury Arts Centre and Gallery 21 to delve into Salisbury’s creative side.

By now you should have worked up a good appetite, and no matter what you fancy for dinner, you can find it in Salisbury. From traditional pubs, to fine-dining and family friendly restaurants you are guaranteed to find venues with excellent food, great atmosphere and a warm welcome.

See Salisbury’s strong tradition of arts and culture by taking in a show at the Salisbury Playhouse. From dance to drama to children's shows, there is much to see.

Salisbury Playhouse - Experience Salisbury

Salisbury Art Centre also offers another entertaining night out. Try their Friday Nights event and enjoy a drink with live music.

Or if you prefer something a little more adventurous, there are the game filled Salisbury Escape Rooms and Live Escape Salisbury.

Head to the Cathedral Close for a romantic evening walk as the sun sets. The Close gates are shut at 11pm so make sure you are out by then!

You are guaranteed a good night out in Salisbury – the city has been given Purple Flag status to prove it! Try one of our cocktail bars or traditional pubs to round of the night. Our Salisbury After Dark blog has the venues to try.

By now we think it’ll probably be time to lay down your head for a well-earned rest and whatever your budget there are accommodation options to suit every pocket. From quirky B&B’s, to self-catering apartments and luxury hotels, we have all the options in Salisbury. 

After a relaxing night's sleep, you’ll have time to enjoy an early morning walk round the city, stopping off for a hearty breakfast. Stones Kitchen Cafe, Carwardine's, Cosy Club and Côte Brasserie all offer breakfast menus to round off your visit with stomach filling bang.

Stones Kitchen Cafe - Experience Salisbury

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