Top places to live in Wiltshire Salisbury
Wiltshire's only city has medieval spendour and plenty going on, with access to culture, countryside and good schools.
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, and indie Mexican Tinga should also be on your list. The scrumptious Fisherton Mill Cafe has been voted Best in Wilts in the Muddy Awards 2021, and hipsters love The Yard cafe. Our favourite nearby country pubs include The King John Inn, and the King’s Head, Whiteparish.
There are some cracking indy treasures tucked away if you know where to look. Our enduring favourite is Muddy winner 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. Salisbury Playhouse Theatre, Arts Centre and Festival all now come under the banner of Wiltshire Creative and always have loads of high quality arts on, including free outdoor stuff in summer.
Want to know more? See our Insider’s Guide to Salisbury.
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1 hour 36 mins direct train from Salisbury to London. Driving to London takes 2 hours.
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