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8 reasons Salisbury is the best city to visit in the UK

When you think about the great cities across the country, it is always the big ones that spring to mind.

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While the streets of London may be paved with gold and Liverpool may have been European Capital of Culture, there is one UK city that has overtaken them all to be in the top ten cities to visit in the world in 2015.

Salisbury may be thought as somewhere to stop for lunch after visiting Stonehenge but it is so much more than that. Historically, it is one of the most important places in the country and probably the best city in the UK for a tourist to visit.

And here’s why …

1. It’s the home of the Magna Carta

In 2015 the Magna Carta will be 800 years old and Salisbury is preparing to give it a grand birthday party. One of only four surviving copies can be found in the city and it is one of the most important documents in English history.

The Magna Carta formed the basis of our country’s law for centuries and was signed by King John at the behest of barons around the land.

8 reasons Salisbury is the best city to visit in the UK
One of the four remaining Magna Cartas is on display in Salisbury (Picture: Getty Images)

2. There’s the world’s oldest mechanical clock

It may not be at the top of most people’s bucket lists but Salisbury does boast a mechanical clock from the middle ages that dates from 1386, which is housed in the 13th century cathedral.

It has been hailed as one of the UK’s forgotten jewels, though I expect the person whose job it is to wind it up everyday is very much aware of it.

(Picture: Flickr/meddie / aka Gramps)
The oldest mechanical clock in the world (Picture: Flickr/meddie / aka Gramps)

3. The majesty of Salisbury cathedral

Built in the 13th century, the cathedral has the tallest spire in Britain. At 404 feet high, it is also the tallest masonry structure and was completed a whole century after the cathedral was finished.

The cathedral took 36 years to build and used over 70,000 tons of local stone which was back breaking work for some poor individuals.

Salisbury cathedral
Salisbury cathedral (Picture: Flickr/JackPeasePhotography)

4. See how a prime minister lived

When he wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of running the country, Sir Edward Heath would retire to Arundells, his sanctuary in Salisbury.

Whilst here he would enjoy his grand collection of paintings, with an eclectic mix of originals from the likes of Winston Churchill to LS Lowry and now it is preserved for everyone to enjoy.

8 reasons Salisbury is the best city to visit in the UK
Arundells has housed a Prime Minister and now it houses paintings for us all to see (Picture: AmandaLewis)

5. You can get a decent pint

With over 80 pubs in a relatively small town, there is plenty of choice if you fancy a couple of swift ones. The good news for the discerning ale drinker is that local brewery, Hop Back, own a number of the pubs and a great pint is guaranteed.

One of the offerings from Hop Back brewery (Picture: Flickr/Bernt Rostad)
One of the offerings from Hop Back brewery (Picture: Flickr/Bernt Rostad)

6. It is full of literary references

The Salisbury International Arts Festival is renowned worldwide and brings together some of the biggest names. The city is also the backdrop for Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure.

Less obscure is the fact that William Golding, who was a teacher in the city, used his spare time to write Lord of the Flies and thus become the bane of English Literature students for years to come.

The city inspired literary figures. (Picture: Flickr/Paul)
The city inspired literary figures. (Picture: Flickr/Paul)

7. Sir Christopher Wren inspired the architecture

He was born 382 years ago and was celebrated in a Google doodlerecently and he was born not that far away from Salisbury.

Whilst Christopher Wren may forever be linked with redesigning London after the Great Fire, he also had a hand in the architecture of his home city too.

He pointed out that the cathedral spire needed straightening (and strengthening), which probably went down a treat with the proud engineers who were involved with maintaining it.

(Picture: Flickr/Visit Britain)
Salisbury spire (Picture: Flickr/Visit Britain)

8. Independent shops have flourished

With most town centres having a familiar look to them, Salisbury has become a whole lot more independent. All the usual big names can still be found, but it is individuality that is at the fore and boutique shopping should be your expectation.

(Picture: Flickr/Nickster 2000)
Salisbury high street (Picture: Flickr/Nickster 2000)

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