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Bed and Breakfast in Salisbury - Wiltshire

Bed and breakfast in Salisbury provides a wide variety of reasonably priced accommodation both in and near the city.

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Salisbury is a busy working cathedral city inside the confluence of five rivers, river Ebble, river Avon, Wylye, Bourne and river Nadder with a twice-weekly market, a monthly Farmers Market and an occasional French market. There is much to see and do. The ‘Jewel in the Crown’ is of course the riverside Salisbury Cathedral on the River Avon with its soaring spire, the highest in England, it being one of the most famous and spectacular cathedrals in the country.



Stonehenge is just ‘up the road’ and the remnants of the original settlement of Old Sarum (Sorvidium). overlooking the river Avon in the Woodford valley, are near to the city itself and within walking and cycling distance. Enclosed by steep earth ramparts the footings and walls of the old (original) cathedral and Norman Castle and keep are clearly preserved. The earth ramparts date back to Neolithic times, the site being subsequently occupied by the Romans, Anglo Saxons and finally Normans before transferring a few miles south in the early 13th century where the present cathedral was founded and the city now stands.

It is as well to remember that because the cathedral city is such a popular destination for visitors you are advised to book well in advance as accommodation may become scarce during the peak summer season, Bank Holiday breaks particularly Easter or Festival weeks.

Although medieval Salisbury centre is very old, dating from the 13th century, most accommodation within the centre has been tastefully and carefully upgraded to a modern standard. The Listed Buildings Regulations stipulate that any improvements to these very old buildings are strictly regulated and you should expect comfortable accommodation with all mod cons available.

Whilst graded tourist accommodation meets exacting standards this does not mean that un-graded do not also meet similar standards. This is especially true of the smaller accommodations where inspection is just not a cost effective option.

Why not try Cathedral Cottage in Exeter Street, a cosy bed and breakfast, just five minutes walk across the road and into the Cathedral? Another five minutes out the other side of the Cathedral Close and you are in the very heart of the busy city centre with its shops and restaurants.

Bed and Breakfast in Salisbury includes guesthouses. A little further out but still near the centre and well within walking distance is the ever popular 4 star Rokeby Guest House. Larger than most bed and breakfasts guesthouses will often provide a wider choice of personal services which may in some cases match those of hotels. For example, The Rokeby Guest House has a full drinks licence, a small gymnasium for use by the residents, off road parking and a large garden.



Also just on the city outskirts at Stratford sub Castle, set beneath the historic original settlement now known as Old Sarum, complete with ancient cathedral ruins, Norman Castle ramparts and encompassing 5000 years of history is the comfortable and convenient Carp Cottage. A very pleasant riverside walk will take you right into the centre of the 'new' cathedral city.



A little further out from Salisbury but still only 4 miles (6 km) from the hustle and bustle of the city centre is Junipers B&B , a well appointed bungalow in the quiet hamlet of Firsdown, just off the main A30 /M3 route from London. Easily accessible for wheel-chair users this comfortable graded accommodation provides friendly and helpful service from its owners Susan and Lawrence whose delicious full English breakfasts are a speciality.



A little further from the city just off the main A36 Salisbury to Devizes road is the village of Great Wishford, mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. The Old Post House is in the village centre and makes the ideal B&B base for visiting many of Wiltshire attractions. The Old Post House particularly offers facilities for walking and cycling with detailed O.S. maps available for the local area, pick up and set down service for walkers and secure cycle storage. The Old Post House has 3 rooms, a double, twin and family room (1 double and 1 twin). The Swan Inn on the River Wylye is only 5 minutes walk offering excellent meals.

Salisbury city has excellent road links to the A303, the M3, the A36 Bristol and Bath route to Southampton and Portsmouth and the A30 and A338 to the southwest and south coasts of England. There are good bus links and a park and ride scheme into the city, operating from 4 sites, as well as a large car park at the city’s heart. The Salisbury rail terminus is well served by frequent half-hourly train services to London and hourly into the West Country.

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Bed and Breakfast in Salisbury