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Salisbury is the only UK city in Lonely Planet top 10 must-see places in the world

The Wiltshire city is home to the iconic Magna Carta, and is listed among places such as Vienna, Chennai,  and Toronto

PAHotspot: Salisbury has made it into a top 10 world cities' list

PAHotspot: Salisbury has made it into a top 10 world cities’ list

Historic Salisbury – home to the iconic Magna Carta – is the only UK city to make it into a top ten “must-see” places in the world.

It joins a dream list that includes US capital Washington DC, stylish Milan in Italy and skiing paradise Zermatt, Switzerland.

A short hop from awe-inspiring Stonehenge, Salisbury was put on the world map by travel guide Lonely Planet as one of the key destinations for tourists next year.

It was rated above sight-seeing in Vienna, Austria, Chennai, India and Toronto, Canada by experts.

The Wiltshire backwater with a population of just over 40,000 was tipped as one of the world’s travel hotspots as it gets ready to celebrate 800 years as the nation’s keeper of the original 1215 Magna Carta.

Only four copies have survived and historians say the one kept at Salisbury Cathedral is the finest of them all.

Signed at Runnymede near Windsor Castle, Berks by King John the life-changing document which limited the once absolute powers of the monarch became the cornerstone of law, civil rights, and democracy and was used as a model for the US Constitution.

Iconic: Stonehenge is a short distance from Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015 guide said: “For too long travellers have considered Salisbury a short stop on the way to Stonehenge.

“But 2015 is set to be the year visitors linger in this quintessentially English city as Salisbury uncorks the champagne for the 800th anniversary of its greatest treasure, the Magna Carta.

“The lightning rod for the celebrations will be Salisbury Cathedral, the neck-straining medieval masterpiece whose Chapter House holds the Magna Carta.

“The cathedral itself boasts a clutch of superlatives, with the tallest spire in Britain, the world’s oldest working clock and Britain’s largest cloister.”

Best in Travel 2015 spokesman Tom Hall added: “We included Salisbury because it deserves to be recognised as one of the UK’s most important destinations for travellers next year.

“Bursting with history, top class restaurants, atmospheric nightlife and a host of festivals planned for 2015, we believe Salisbury is a must-see for domestic and international travellers alike.”

Lonely Planet’s top ten cities to visit in 2015:

1. Washington DC

2. El Chalten, Argentina

3. Milan, Italy

4. Zermatt, Switzerland

5. Valletta, Malta

6. Plovdiv, Bulgaria

7. Salisbury, Wiltshire

8. Vienna, Austria

9. Chennai, India

10.Toronto, Canada

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Visit Salisbury and Wiltshire in 2015: Magna Carta 800th Anniversary

The four surviving original copies of Magna Carta will be brought together in 2015 for the first time in history, the British Library has announced.
Salisbury Cathedral is expecting a huge influx of visitors from all around the world as the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary is marked.magna-cart-2015

The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne, says: “Plans are being advanced here at Salisbury Cathedral to commemorate the forthcoming 800th anniversary of Magna Carta by promoting the values and ideals that it represents. Our ambition is to present a wonderful mix of spiritual and secular celebrations, promoting justice and freedom in a practical sense, and running a full programme of learning and outreach events for people of all ages. We aim to inspire further activity in the years that follow by leaving a lasting national and international legacy.”

Salisbury Cathedral will re-display and re-present its Magna Carta in the newly-conserved Chapter House, safeguarding the document for the future and using the latest interpretation techniques to communicate Magna Carta’s historic background and modern significance to the many extra visitors it expects to welcome in 2015. It has already conserved and repair the Cathedral’s medieval Cloisters where the Chapter House is located.Magna Carta

Plans for further celebrations are underway, and are expected to include a lecture series chaired by the Dean of Salisbury featuring international speakers exploring topics inspired by Magna Carta. The Cathedral will also work with partners to present a Medieval Fair for all the family, a pageant involving hundreds of local people, a special concert, a Celebratory Eucharist and a week-long flower festival (15-20 September 2015), as well as other events. Alongside this activity, the Cathedral’s education department will work closely with schools throughout the year to deliver curriculum-focused programmes supporting citizenship and history.

Salisbury Cathedral will work closely with partners to deliver its ambitious programme, these include: The British Library, Diocese of Salisbury, Lincoln Cathedral, Magna Carta 800th Committee / Magna Carta Trust, Wiltshire Council, Dorset County Council, Salisbury City Council, Visit Wiltshire, UNESCO, and AGEAS Salisbury International Arts Festival.

Further details of Salisbury Cathedral’s Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations will be published on a regular basis as 2015 approaches.  The Stonehenge Travel Company will be operating guided tours of Salisbury and Stonehenge throughout 2015.  Book early to avoid disappointment.

“Wiltshire is the only county in England which has both a Magna Carta Baron Town and a Magna Carta Charter Town,”

DID YOU KNOW:  Hip hop artist Jay-Z – husband of Beyonce and the king of America’s music scene – named his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail and looked to Salisbury for inspiration for the album cover artwork, before finally launching his latest product in the Chapter House itself.

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Salisbury is one of England’s most wonderful cities

Salisbury, Stonehenge and South Wiltshire is a truly unique destination. Set among some of the most beautiful countryside and with a 5,000 year old history the area is steeped in history but with its eye firmly fixed on the future.

Salisbury is one of England’s most wonderful cities – a medieval masterpiece with something for everyone. From traditional English pubs to cosmopolitan street cafes and from hard-to-find specialist shops to major high street stores, you’ll find it in Salisbury. And at its heart there is the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, towering over the city as it has for over 750 years.

Step outside of the city and you are in another world. Green hills, crystal clear rivers and picturesque towns and villages just waiting to be discovered. And, of course, there’s Stonehenge. The world’s most famous stone circle stands just a few miles north of Salisbury – a must see destination




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Salisbury Cathedral is running special Twilight Christmas Tower Tours from Thursday 28 November, the day Salisbury Christmas Market opens, until the start of the New Year.  Beginning at 3.15pm you climb 332 steps through the Cathedral’s secret roof spaces to the base of the Cathedral spire from where you can step outside to see spectacular views of medieval Salisbury City’s Christmas illuminations at twilight.  Then it’s time for a delicious cream tea in the Refectory restaurant, and afterwards those who want to complete their afternoon by attending Choral Evensong at 5.30pm can simply go back into the Cathedral.

David Coulthard, Director of Marketing and Communications, said “We first Salisbury Cathedral Christmasran Christmas Twilight Tower Tours last year and they were hugely popular – especially with those planning a day out in Salisbury to attend its festive Christmas Market!  It’s a fabulous option as it combines our popular tower tours, led by knowledgeable and personable guides, and wonderful photo opportunities of the city’s Christmas lights and market from the highest vantage point possible, with homemade cream teas!  We believe many will enjoy completing their afternoon by attending Evensong with its time for reflection and the beautiful sound of the cathedral choir.”

The Cathedral is also offering its regular 90 minute daily tower tour beginning at 12.15pm.  Visitors can enjoy spectacular views in daylight and explore the roof spaces and tower, climbing to the foot of the spire in easy stages by narrow winding spiral staircases to see over the city and surrounding countryside.

Twilight Christmas Tower Tours run between 28 November to 23 December at 3.15pm, and from 26 December to 2 January at 2.15pm.  Tickets, to include tower tour and cream tea, cost £13.50 (adults), £11.50 (concessions), £40 (family ticket, 2+3). The standard daily lunchtime Tower Tour at 12.15pm costs £10.00 (adults), £8.00 (concessions), £27.00 (family ticket, 2+3).

All tours are limited to 12 people per tour and early booking is recommended.  Book online at , email or telephone 01722 555156.  Please note you need to be 7 years or older, and over 1.2m tall, to go on any tower tour.

There are also special Christmas lunches in the Refectory from Monday 9 December onwards.  To make your booking (groups welcome) telephone 01722 555175.

Salisbury Cathedral is just a few minutes level walk from Salisbury’s German-inspired Christmas Market (28 November – 21 December) located around the Guildhall Square, so make a day of it by visiting both.  }

The Cathedral is open every day, guides provide a warm welcome and lead regular tours of the Cathedral and Chapter House, home to the finest original Magna Carta 1215.

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Needless to say we will be operating private guided sightseeing tours of Salisbury and Stonehenge.  Please visit our website:

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