Join us for our wonderful city break in Salisbury, a quintessentially English city full of charm and history. Salisbury’s cathedral dominates the skyline, having the tallest spire in Britain. It is one of the finest medieval cathedrals in the country full of grandeur at every turn. It houses the best preserved of the 4 original Magna Carta dating from 1215. The Cathedral Close is lined with fine buildings and we will be housed here at Sarum College – serenity in the heart of the city. On one day we will join a tour of the city led by a Blue Badge guide in order to get to the heart of the city. On Saturday we will take time to visit the Charter Market, a bustling, traditional market which has been a feature of the city since 1227. During our visit we will walk out through the Avon Valley Nature Reserve to the English Heritage site of Old Sarum with its fascinating history spanning from the Iron Age onwards.
On another day we may follow in the footsteps of John Constable across the famed water meadows – a remnant of 17th century farming and now home to a wide variety of wildlife and flowers. In the evenings we will eat out in the city.
If you can arrive by 2pm on Friday, there will be an extra city walk.
Itinerary (subject to change)
If you can arrive by 2.00pm we will walk along the river and out of the City across the Water Meadows to the Mill at Harnham. We will then walk back into the City and through a gate into the Close for tea at the Cathedral Refectory. For those who wish we can return to the Cathedral later for Evensong which will give us a firsthand view of this magnificent building. Dinner will be taken at a restaurant in the City.
The morning will be spent on a City Tour guided by a Blue Badge Guide who will reveal the wonderful history of this medieval city. After lunch in town we will walk out along a charming path and across the Avon Valley Nature Reserve to Old Sarum with great views from the old fort. On our return to the City we will go back to the Sarum College before heading out into town for dinner.
On our final morning we will head out of the City up to Clarendon Palace where we get a chance to look back across the City and its dominating spire. A gentle path will return us to Sarum College for our departure home, a last look at the Cathedral or a wander in town.
Price includes: 2 nights bed and breakfast; city tour; entrance to Old Sarum.
Single ensuite rooms available at no supplement – book early.