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Hotels in Salisbury Wiltshire England

Hotels in Salisbury Wiltshire England are mostly located within the city centre and often have their origins in the 14th century and even earlier.

Salisbury today is a busy working cathedral city 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 Salisbury Cathedral with its soaring spire, the highest in England, and is one of the most famous and spectacular cathedrals in the country.

Stonehenge is just ‘up the road’ as are the remnants of the original settlement of Old Sarum. Enclosed by steep earth ramparts the footings and walls of the (original) cathedral, Norman Castle and keep are clearly preserved. The earth ramparts date from an ancient Iron Age hill fort. The site was subsequently occupied by the Romans, Anglo Saxons and finally Normans (known as Sorviodunum, then Searaburg and latterly Sarisberie by the Normans), transferring a few miles south in the early 13th century where the new cathedral was founded and the Salisbury city now stands.


Although Salisbury is of medieval origin, dating from the 13th century when the ‘new town’ was developed, the hotel buildings have been tastefully and carefully upgraded to a modern standard. The Listed Buildings regulations stipulate that any improvements to these very old buildings are strictly controlled but you should expect comfortable accommodation with all mod cons available. There is also strict enforcement of the rules governing the height, design and appearance of new buildings to ensure that they not only preserve but enhance the character of the city and its cathedral. No matter where you are, in or outside the city, the cathedral spire dominates the city skyline and that is how it should be.

The Legacy Rose and Crownis a 13th century coaching inn overlooking the River Avon with spectacular views of the Cathedral in a quiet area of East Harnham, just outside the Salisbury Cathedral Close walls, away from the traffic on the main southern trunk routes. The hotel has 28 well equipped bedrooms, many with original features still in place. A quiet walk away from the traffic takes you across the Harnham river bridge and into the Cathedral Close, an entrancing open area enclosed by beautiful historic buildings, with the spectacular cathedral at its centre. Further on, beyond the cathedral, and out of the main gate you are soon entering the very heart of this beautiful medieval city.

For those interested in architecture there is so much to see and marvel at. The cathedral, Market Square, the Poultry Cross, street names such as Penny Farthing Street, Silver Street and Butcher Row, all conjure up a bygone image of a thriving, bustling, important and wealthy community. Even the local Odeon cinema was originally the 15th century home of a wealthy clothier, John Halle. Restored in the 19th century it is now the very grand foyer of the Odeon cinema which adds an unusual dimension to the otherwise mundane chore of queuing at the box-office.

Another very old and interesting hotel building within walking distance of the Salisbury city centre is The Old Mill at Harnham. One of the original mills in the area dating back to 1135 it overlooks the river Avon on the Town Path. Today the mill race runs beneath the restaurant area. The Old Mill Hotel offers 11 ensuite bedrooms with superior accommodation and facilities throughout. Although not shown on many maps the Town Path is a relaxing and level tarmac footpath leading you from the hotel across the water meadows into the city centre with the backdrop of Salisbury Cathedral and its spectacular spire. This view from the water-meadows has barely changed from the early 19th century when it formed the inspiration for a famous painting by the English landscape artist John Constable. This short walk into the city is thoroughly recommended.

If it’s the space and freedom of the countryside you are seeking but still within easy reach of the city and other nearby attractions then the idyllic Howard’s House Hotel would be an excellent choice. The hotel is set in two acres of glorious gardens in one of the most beautiful villages in Wiltshire, Teffont Evias, just west of Salisbury. Stonehenge, Old Sarum, Salisbury Cathedral and Wilton House (the ancestral home of the Earl of Pembroke) are all within 20 minutes drive.

Howard’s House was built in 1623 and is unique in that it was extended and roofed in the Swiss style in 1837. The house was extensively renovated in 1989 and the hotel reopened in 1990.

Howard’s House Hotel is a family run hotel with an excellent reputation. There are nine luxury bedrooms and the elegant restaurant. Howard’s House is listed in many of the major hotel and restaurant guides including the Michelin Guide, the Good Food Guide, the Which Hotel Guide and Good Hotel Guide and has received many complimentary comments and recommendations in both press and on the Web.

During the peak summer visitor season and the Bank Holiday periods, particularly Easter, finding suitable bed and breakfast or accommodation at hotels in Salisbury Wiltshire England can be quite difficult. The best accommodation may well be unavailable especially during the weekends. Our advice is to shop around, research thoroughly, and book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. If you are able to visit out of season many hotels offer reduced rates and this is worth considering. The weather in autumn, even up to the end of October can often be very good in southern England.

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Hotels in Salisbury Wiltshire England