Salisbury (England)

Salisbury cathedral

Salisbury is a cathedral city in the English county of Wiltshire, in the heart of the West Country.

Get in

The most convenient airports are:

Regional Airports nearby include:

By train

Salisbury has a station on the secondary main line from London to Exeter. From London, travel from London Waterloo rail station; there are two trains an hour which take about 1hr 30mins for the journey. If you are on a budget, Megatrain offer highly discounted train travel from London Waterloo to Salisbury, starting at £1 each way. Megatrain is only available from London.

Hourly trains also run through Salisbury on the Cardiff to Portsmouth secondary main line. These trains also link Bristol, Bath, Romsey and Southampton with Salisbury.

Connections for the North of the UK are available at Bristol, Basingstoke (on the London line) and from various stations in London. Connections for Wales and rail connections to west Wales for boats to Ireland are available by changing at Cardiff. For Cornwall and the South West Peninsular, change at Exeter.

Train times (from any location) can be found on the National Rail Planner or by calling 0845 748 4950 from anywhere in the UK. The station is a five minute walk from the town centre, just head down Fisherton St.

Local rail connections to nearby towns are described at Three Rivers Rail

By bus

National Express operate services to Salisbury from cities throughout the UK including London. Advance ticketing is required.

For those with a special interest in West Country cathedral cities, Wilts & Dorset operate the branded Cathedral Connection between Salisbury and Winchester, taking in some very attractive countryside on route. Despite its branding, this is a rural bus service (number 68) with no need for advance ticketing; it operates six times a day (except Sundays) and takes about an hour and a half for the journey. Timetable details can be found on the website, or by telephoning 01722 336855.

Wilts & Dorset also operate local services throughout the Salisbury area, including services to Stonehenge from the bus station and train station forecourt.

Four bus based park and ride facilities are available, see National Park and Ride Directory

By car

Salisbury has been a major regional cross-roads for thousands of years, and this is still the case today, with the A30, A36, A338, A345 and A360 main roads crossing here. Traffic is notorious in Salisbury, particularly on a Friday, and generally on the A36 Southampton Road. This is due to the fact that there is no motorway connecting the major cities of Southampton and Bristol. Through traffic is kept out of the partially pedestrianised and traffic-calmed city centre by the modern dual-carriageway ring road. If you are driving, you may want to consider using one of the Park and Ride sites dotted around the edge of the city. If you want to park closer, there are a number of large car parks with direct interchange onto the ring road, but beware the high prices charged. The cathedral grounds have limited parking but are a good deal - £6 for all day until 11pm, including a free tea or coffee - perfect if you want to see the cathedral and then have dinner in town. Driving in the city centre itself is not recommended, as there is a complex one-way system, and a large amount of traffic on the non-pedestrianised roads.

If you are driving:

Salisbury is a major routeing point on the road network, and will be signed as a destination at the appropriate exits on the M3, M27, A4 and A303.

Get around

The bus Station is located just off the Market Square on Endless St. they travel to surrounding villages and towns, and further afield to Swindon, Bournemouth and Southampton.

The main taxi rank is in New Canal Street, opposite the cinema, with smaller ones at the train station and Fisherton St.

The city centre is small enough to walk across in a few minutes. Old Sarum, which is on the edge of the town is only a 50 minute walk from the town centre along the river valley.

Bicycles can be hired from Hayballs on Winchester St.


North transept of Salisbury Cathedral



There are a number of smaller specialist shops and two main shopping centres; The Old George Mall and The Crosskeys.




There are a large number of pubs in the city centre; the main axis of drinking is Fisherton Street, through the centre and up Milford Hill. Many of the larger pubs stay open until 12, or later at weekends. Smaller 'local' pubs are found across town.






Salisbury's area code is 01722 when dialled from within the UK or +44 1722 from outside the UK.

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