Fodor's To Europe!

photo | map
Days 4-5
Next stop: Bath Previous stop: London Return to full itinerary »

Salisbury is packed with notable sites, but the two main attractions are Salisbury Cathedral and nearby Stonehenge. You'll see the spire of the cathedral as you approach the city. The town center is quaint and traffic-free, but you'll want to head out to explore the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge.
Learn more about Salisbury »

  • History
  • Architecture
  • Archaeology


  • Salisbury Cathedral towers 404 feet high and dates to the 13th century. It contains one of the four surviving original texts of the Magna Carta.
  • Walk around the perimeter of Stonehenge, a prehistoric site that rises from the Salisbury Plain, and imagine the world of the people who built this mysterious monument.
  • A visit to the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum provides background on Stonehenge. Also on view are collections of lace and Wedgwood.


  • The Salisbury International Arts Festival, held in May and June, has outstanding classical concerts, recitals, and outdoor plays.

Side Trips

  • Just 4 mi/6 km from Salisbury is Wilton House, home to the 17th Earl of Pembroke. The trippy state rooms were created by Inigo Jones, Ben Jonson's stage designer.

Learn More