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Top places to live in Wiltshire Salisbury

Arty, off-beat and yet not too cool for school, Salisbury is the only city in Wiltshire but boy what a gem it is. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.



Salisbury is full of medieval splendour with a cluster of funky independent shops and restaurants and only a few short miles from the Neolithic splendour of Stonehenge – so when you’re bored of shopping, eating and drinking you can hot-foot it there and find your inner druid.


For a small city, there are an abundance of intimate, quirky and irrefutably independent eateries. A nod goes to the Old Ale and Coffee House for the best Sunday roast in town and some pretty cool beach hut-style booths. Our favourite nearby country pubs include The King John Inn, King’s Head, Whiteparish, and especially The Dog and Gun – book now to make the most of their Eat Out to Help Out scheme, plus they have an amazing competition running on their Facebook page to win a £50 gift voucher (winner drawn 16th August). Book in one of their five wonderful rooms above the pub (if you can – they are busier than ever!).


There are some cracking indy treasures tucked away if you know where to look. Our enduring favourite is OsoBoutique, who have two shops on St Thomas’ Square and the High Street. Dinghams Cookshop is worth a snoop too, as is florist Paloma Lily for the best blooms in town. Splash of Colour in Fisherton Street will deliver you flat whites while the kids get creative with pottery.


There’s always children’s activities on at the Salisbury Museum during holidays and half-terms, and the permanent galleries are pretty interesting. If your kids will sit still, Salisbury Punting will take you out on the water to escape the busy pavements and see the city as you never could on foot, and of course Stonehenge is a mere stone’s throw away. Riverbourne Community Farm is perfect for a day out with tiny ones.


£294,470. Good local estate agents in the area are Carter & May, Whites, and Woolley & Wallis.



Plenty of excellent options. We can recommend Godolphin, both prep and senior, Chafyn Grove, Leehurst Swan, and Salisbury Cathedral School.


Pure Punjabi run brilliant mother-and-daughter cookery courses. Best pizza in town is from The Slinky Fox – keep an eye out for their pop-ups. Pop up the road to Wilton for fabulous deli Bird & Carter.


1 hour 36 mins direct from Salisbury to London. Driving to London takes 2 hours.

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