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Visiting The Historic Gems Of Salisbury, Wiltshire

Author : Cara Brownethorpe

Salisbury is well sited in the rural heartland of England and contains some historical gems that are well worth a visit. With plenty of places to stay you will be sure to find a Salisbury hotel or guesthouse to suit whilst you explore the city and surrounding area. The city contains places to stay dating back to the 13th century - perfect for history fanatics. Those that prefer staying outside of a city could try a hotel in Wilton, the ancient capital of Wessex, only a few miles from Salisbury city centre. Accomodation Salisbury style varies and there are great places to suit most budgets and tastes.

On the 'must see' list of historic interest for the area are the World Heritage site of Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, and Wilton House.

Mystery surrounds the 5,000 year old monument of Stonehenge. Decide for yourself whether Stonehenge was a sacred burial site, a place of sun worship, or something other by taking a guided tour. Stonehenge is a powerful connection to the once-great peoples of the late Stone and Bronze Ages who went to huge efforts to build the monument. Some of the stones were carried hundreds of miles over land and sea, and bones and antlers were used to dig the pits that now hold the stones. The stones still inspire wonder and are impressive to see up close.

Salisbury Cathedral is one of the finest medieval Cathedrals in Britain and the Mother Church of several hundred parishes in Wiltshire and Dorset. Built from over 10,000 tons of Purbeck stone and 60,00 tons of Chilmark stone the cathedral was built in just 38 years. For over 750 years people have come to Salisbury to seek inspiration and peace in the building and surrounding Cathedral Close. Whether you go to worship, climb up Britain's tallest spire (404 feet) or to be awed by the beauty and scale of the cathedral interior you will not be disappointed. The Chapter House contains the original Magna Carta (Latin for "Great Charter") - one of the most celebrated documents in English history. It has become recognised as a cornerstone of liberty influencing much of the civilized world. Three of the original clauses are still used in law today.

Wilton house is a beautiful stately home that has been lived in by the Pembroke family for more than 450 years. It is still first and foremost an ancestral home to the family. The Single and Double Cube Rooms are now recognised as the grandest rooms of their period in England. The buildings and land were granted to in 1544 to Sir William Herbert by King Henry VIII and the house has been passed down the family line ever since. The house opened its doors to the public on the 1st May 1951 and visitors can now enjoy the history, architecture, art collection, gardens and Palladian bridge.

With these and many more sites of interest, why not take a trip to Salisbury and find out for yourself?

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