Wiltshire, is a cathedral city with a population of around 45,000
people. The city is twinned with French town Saintes and German town
Xanten and is part of the wider Salisbury District.
Five major rivers pass through Salisbury inlcuding the Ebble, Avon,
Bourne, Nadder and Wylye. The city layout was originally designed
around a grid layout and was surrounded by a city was in the 1300's.
Salisbury is famous for its cathedral, the first incarnation being
built in the late 11th century. The second version was built in
Salisbury in 1220 and took nearly 40 years to complete. The
cathedral is high regarded for its architecture and the spire, built
later, is the tallest in the United Kingdom.
Salisbury Cathedral is famous for having one of the oldest surviving
mechanical clocks in the country that dates back to the late 14th
century. The cathedral is also home to an extensive library that
houses one of the best surviving copies of the Magna Carta in
Today, Salisbury still has a regular market held twice weekly. Other
popular places and landmarks in and around Salisbury include the
Stonehenge prehistoric circle of stones which is only around 10
miles away with visitors helping to contribute to the city's
The main shopping areas in Salisbury include The Old George Mall and
the Maltings. The Winchester Street area also has several popular
shops and is a popular retail area in the city.
Other popular leisure activities and places to visit include the
Bishop's Walk which is famous for its stunning views. The city also
has a leisure centre and swimming pool (The Five Rivers Centre) that
was opened recently.
Cultural events and plays can be found at the Playhouse theatre. The
City Hall also serves as an entertainment scene with many musicals,
comedy performances and even trade conventions held there. The
Salisbury Art Centre hosts several exhibitions yearly and runs
regular workshops for budding artists.
Salisbury has excellent transport links by railway due to it being
located at the crossover point of the Wessex Main Line and the West
of England Main Line railways.
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