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About Salisbury

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Salisbury is a cathedral city in Wiltshire, England, with a population of 40,302, at the confluence of the rivers Avon, Nadder, Ebble, Wylye and Bourne and it is lucky enough to be within the area served by DarkStar Discos, the Salisbury marquee hire experts.. The city is approximately 20 miles (32 km) from Southampton and 30 miles (48 km) from Bath. Salisbury is in the southeast of Wiltshire, near the edge of Salisbury Plain. Salisbury Cathedral was formerly north of the city at Old Sarum. Following the cathedral's relocation, a settlement grew up around it which received a city charter in 1227 as New Sarum, which continued to be its official name until 2009 when Salisbury City Council was established. Salisbury railway station is an interchange between the West of England Main Line and the Wessex Main Line. Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Salisbury.



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Salisbury Travel Links


Road -
The main transport links for the city are the roads. Salisbury lies on the intersection of the A30, the A36 and the A338 and is at the end of the A343, A345, A354 and A360. Car parks around the periphery of the city are linked to the city centre by a park and ride scheme (see details in the bus section below). The A36 forms an almost complete ring road around the city centre. The A3094 comprises the southwestern quadrant of the ring road, passing through the city's outer suburbs. The lack of adequate roads is a cause of concern to the people of Salisbury: as there is no motorway to link the ports of Southampton and Bristol, traffic passes around the city's ring-road via the A36 to Bath.

Bus -
There are bus links to Southampton, Bournemouth, Andover, Devizes and Swindon, with limited services on Sundays. Salisbury Reds, a brand of Go South Coast, is the main local operator. Wheelers Travel provide services to Shaftesbury and Andover, as well as intermediate-distance services. Other operators include Stagecoach (Amesbury, Tidworth, Andover); Beeline (Warminster); and First (Warminster, Trowbridge, Bath). Salisbury has a Park and Ride bus scheme with five sites around the city. 

Railways -
Salisbury railway station is the crossing point of the West of England Main Line, from London Waterloo to Exeter St David’s, and the Wessex Main Line from Bristol Temple Meads to Southampton Central. The station is operated by South Western Railway. Great Western Railway hourly trains call from Cardiff Central, Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa to Southampton Central and Portsmouth Harbour.



Taxi Firms in Salisbury

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With so much to do within Salisbury and the neighbouring towns, as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside, it's worth renting a car or jumping in a taxi to see the local sights.

Salisbury is well served when it comes to getting a taxi as there are local firms such as All the Sevens Taxis, Five Rivers Taxis and AA Taxis.


Hotels and Guest Houses in Salisbury

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Best Western Red Lion Hotel Salisbury -
The Best Western Red Lion Hotel is just 5 minutes away from Salisbury Cathedral, putting you in a great position to explore this wonderful city, as well as wider Wiltshire. Thanks to its original features, stunning courtyard and award-winning restaurant, this city centre hotel has everything you need for some quality time away in Salisbury. Salisbury itself is a place of real interest. You'll also find plenty of things to see near the Best Western Red Lion Hotel, with Stonehenge and The Medieval City both within easy reach. Maintaining high brand standards and excellence in quality is second nature to the Best Western Red Lion Hotel in Salisbury. Parking information: The hotel has 6 parking spaces which are gate protected, sold on a first come first served basis at £15.00 per space per night. It is advisable to reserve your space when making your reservation to avoid disappointment. Other chargeable car parks are available nearby, please contact hotel for further details. For dining, visit The Vine Restaurant. For a less formal meal try the 1220 Bar. Relax by the warm log fire and enjoy the friendly table service and seasonal menu. Bar meals, lite-bites, jacket potatoes, bangers and mash, and steak & kidney pudding are all served with a smile!

Rose & Crown Hotel Salisbury -
Stunning views, relaxing tranquillity and luxury accommodation come together at the 4* Rose & Crown Hotel Salisbury Wiltshire to create the perfect getaway in the historic city of Salisbury. This 13th Century riverside coaching inn is as picturesque as the views it commands of Salisbury Cathedral and is just a short walk from all the shops, sights and sounds of the city. Just a little further afield is Stonehenge, New Forest, Longleat, Bath and many other fantastic attractions. There are a number of different styles of guest rooms at Rose & Crown Hotel Salisbury Wiltshire. Take in the history of the hotel and stay in one of the rooms in the 13th Century section. Here rooms have been lovingly restored to complement the original oak beams and panelling but yet have subtle modern conveniences. Garden Wing Executive Rooms are spacious with some rooms located on the ground floor providing doors opening directly onto our garden and riverside allowing you to watch the wildlife on the river and marvel at the sunset over the cathedral. The hotel is also home to Rivers Edge Waterfront Restaurant, Bar and Terrace which serves a mouth-watering range of traditional and modern dishes in elegant yet relaxed surroundings. If the weather permits you can even enjoy these delicious dishes out on the terrace area overlooking the river. What’s more, they also boast free onsite parking, an excellent room service menu and free Wi-Fi internet access in all rooms and public areas.

The Old Mill Hotel Salisbury -
The Old Mill Hotel is a 15th century building with features dating back to 1250. From its early ecclesiastical beginnings, it was transformed in the 16th century to a paper mill. The hotel is in the most tranquil location while the shopping and tourist district of Salisbury City centre is easily accessed via a beautiful 10-minute walk through Harnham Meadows. The hotel is Grade 1 listed in parts and stands in a most peaceful and stunning location above 3 mill runs off the River Nadder. This really is a countryside escape, just a stone’s throw from the ancient city. The hotel opens at 10am for breakfast and serves afternoon tea in the stunning riverside garden! The rooms are accessed via a staircase in the newer part of the building, a mere 300 years old. This takes you to narrow corridors leading you to our 11 en-suite rooms set over three floors (no lift available, but of course they will be happy to help with luggage if you need it).

Once in your rooms you will find the views spectacular, whether it’s the Harnham Hills, the River Nadder or the fantastic riverside garden, set on either side of the mill run, where every seat has a waterside view. The restaurant is set in the oldest part of the hotel and sits above a mill run which is visible through a viewing panel. The pleasing rush of the waters and the large open fireplace make it one of the best places to enjoy traditional food that’s been freshly prepared by the chefs for your pleasure. When the weather permits the restaurant and bar may be outdone by the fantastic garden setting for the best place to enjoy a cool beer, a glass of wine or a great meal. The bar is classic old English style with real beams, stone floor and open fireplace. The ambiance is enhanced by the low ceiling and atmospheric feel to this wonderful old pub. The bar serves a range of excellent real ales and is proud to hold the Cask Marque accreditation for them.


Places to Get Married in Salisbury

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The Guildhall Salisbury -
The Guildhall offers a truly magnificent setting right in the heart of the City. Owned by Salisbury City Council, the building dates back to 1795 and offers historic charm coupled with modern venue facilities. Set in the centre of Salisbury, The Guildhall provides a stunning setting for your wedding. What better way to spend your special day than in this magnificent Grade II listed building. With four wedding packages to choose from and the flexibility to serve large ceremonies through to intimate occasions, you have the choice of hiring one or more of the splendid rooms or exclusively hire the entire venue to ensure a special day to remember. With function rooms of various sizes, all furnished to a high standard, this is the perfect venue for both large events and more intimate occasions The Guildhall has a team that will work with you every step of the way for your big day. 

The Medieval Hall Salisbury -
This Great Hall was built in the mid-13th century at the same time as Salisbury Cathedral and, in the Middle Ages, was the setting for great feasts or banquets. It is located within the glorious ambience of Salisbury Cathedral Close and only 200 metres from the Cathedral itself. The Hall is elegantly proportioned with a fine timber framed roof, the original central hearth, high windows and many other original features. A minstrels' gallery, superb acoustics and an intimate atmosphere make it a sought-after venue for a wide variety of private and public events. The Medieval Hall is an excellent venue for a wide range of functions. Its historic roots and marvellous medieval architecture help to make it a unique venue with a special and intimate atmosphere. Lighting, a sound system, projection and other staging facilities plus other equipment are exceptionally in excess of what might be expected in a 13th century Great Hall! There is a competent professional back-up to assist the event organiser. The Medieval Hall is a special, prestigious and atmospheric setting for a wide variety of functions. The Hall is extremely flexible - every occasion is unique and tailored to suit.

Newhouse Estate Salisbury -
A stunning Grade I-listed, Jacobean Manor House found twenty minutes South of the historic city of Salisbury on the Wiltshire/Hampshire border. The house is approached by a long avenue lined with lime and cherry trees and boasts wonderful lawns and stunning surrounding woodland. Built in 1609, Newhouse was designed in a Y shape to represent the three arms of the Trinity and is one of only two ‘trinity’ houses in Britain.  Only one booking per week is taken and when booking, you are encouraged to visit, bring friends and discuss arrangements as often as you wish. Three rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies accommodating, 10, 40 or 120 guests. The ballroom with its elegant lighting and antique mirrors will seat a maximum of 102 guests for a wedding breakfast and smaller parties may consider the intimacy of the panelled dining room, seating 20. For parties wishing to dance in the evening, we provide a modern marquee connected to the house itself. Larger marquees can also be arranged for parties wishing a seated meal and whose numbers are in excess of 102 guests. Newhouse provides a myriad of photographic opportunities. The oak staircase is perfect for family group shots and externally, the surrounding parkland provides endless choice.

Event Planning in Salisbury

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Complete your event in Salisbury with DarkStar Discos. We are the Salisbury marquee hire experts that offers the following services which can greatly reduce any event planning related stress. Bars - You don't need to spend too much time looking for the perfect drinks for your event, we have a team that can take care of that for you. Lights - No need to stress out in finding and setting up the lights for your event. DJ and Staffing - Let our DJ take care of the music for your event. Our staff will also be the one taking care of the needs of your guests. You might also want to consider asking us to arrange the following services for your event: Professional Photographer, Event Transportation and Event Catering. For all your event-planning needs, contact DarkStar Discos, the Salisbury marquee hire experts.


Top Restaurants in Salisbury

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Charter 1227 Restaurant Salisbury -
Charter 1227 Restaurant is a family run business located in the heart of the Cathedral City of Salisbury in Wiltshire with unique and uninterrupted views overlooking the historic market place. With professional, enthusiastic and experienced staff, many consider this establishment to be one of the best fine dining experiences in the local area, and is run by 'Award Winning Chef & Proprietor Danny Bozic who has worked in some of the most prestigious hotels and restaurants in the country with some of the country’s greatest chefs. Danny is passionate about his craft creating seasonally inspired menus based on modern English and European cuisine using only the finest carefully selected ingredients. 


The Haunch of Venison Salisbury -
Probably the oldest hostelry in Salisbury and certainly the most haunted - The Haunch of Venison provides refreshment in the historic downstairs bar and in the unique restaurant upstairs. The enormous oak beams, which can be seen throughout, pre-date the building by several hundred years and are thought to come from early sailing vessels. There is a tremendous heritage here, spanning back nearly 700 years. The first record of the pub is circa 1320 when the building was used to house craftsmen working on the Cathedral spire. Under the fireplace there is a former bread oven now with secure iron gate across it beyond which is a smoke preserved mummified hand. It is believed to be from an 18th century demented whist player who lost it in a card game due cheating. The hand has been stolen few times, but now it is securely locked. When the heating system was changed in the Choristers part of the Cathedral the marble tiles were used in the bar to create the unique floor. - The "Horsebox" bar at the front on the right-hand side on a ground floor is referred as a "Ladies Snug" dating back to the times where public houses were for men only.


The Pheasant Inn Salisbury -
The Pheasant is a pub formerly known as The Crispin Inn, dating back to the 15th century and steeped in history with our upstairs function room, formerly known as the Shoemaker's Hall. It is a characterful, atmospheric, cosy pub, sympathetically restored to a modern, stylish, country feel with open brick walls and exposed beams with a log burner. Proud to be dog friendly pub serving real ales with a fresh menu and a partially sheltered courtyard. The pub serves a range of light-bites and snacks as well as a full-blown menu that includes a number of pub standards but also a few interesting surprises!



Top Things to do in Salisbury

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Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury -
For over 750 years, pilgrims have come to Salisbury to seek inspiration in the glory and peace of the building and surrounding Cathedral Close. Whether you come to worship, to marvel at or climb up to Britain's tallest spire, to be awed by the beauty and scale of the Cathedral interior or to study the original Magna Carta in the Chapter House, or simply to relax and chat over coffee, there will be a warm welcome for you. Salisbury Cathedral is a truly remarkable building, a testimony to the faith and practical skills of the medieval craftsmen who built it but it is much more than a historical monument. It is a living church and a place of prayer. As the Cathedral Church of the Salisbury diocese it is Mother Church of several hundred parishes in Wiltshire and Dorset. It is also a centre of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Salisbury Cathedral is a truly remarkable building, a testimony to the faith and practical skills of the medieval craftsmen who built it but it is much more than a historical monument.

Mompesson House Salisbury -
Mompesson House is a quintessential Queen Anne townhouse, situated inside Salisbury's historic Cathedral Close. It has welcoming proportions and a homely atmosphere. The hidden and tranquil garden offers a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. It's easy to imagine living here as you walk down the graceful oak staircase, perch on a window seat and admire the wonderful plasterwork.  All of the interiors are decorated as they might have been in the 1700s, except the library which is 1950s. You can see the Turnbull Collection of English 18th-century drinking glasses, fine period furniture, and English porcelain. The stumpwork in the green room is a fascinating example of raised embroidery.  The secluded walled garden with its central lawn and traditionally planted herbaceous borders is the perfect place to relax.   


Stonehenge Salisbury Plain -
Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man. An iconic symbol of Britain, a walk around the Stone Circle is the centrepiece of any visit to the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site. With a history spanning 4,500 years Stonehenge has many different meanings to people today. It is a wonder of the world, a spiritual place and a source of inspiration. The Stone Circle is a masterpiece of engineering and building it would have taken huge effort from hundreds of well-organised people using only simple tools and technologies. Watch the seasons pass and take a trip through time with our incredible audio-visual 360-degree view from inside the stones, in the visitor centre. Imagine what it feels like to stand in the middle of Stonehenge at winter and summer solstice, with this unique and memorable experience.


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Salisbury Today

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Salisbury holds a Charter market on Tuesdays and Saturdays and has held markets regularly since 1227. In the 15th century the Market Place had four crosses: the Poultry Cross, whose name describes its market, the 'cheese and milk cross', which indicated that market and was in the triangle between the HSBC bank and the Salisbury Library, a third cross near the site of the present war memorial, which marked a woollen and yarn market and a fourth, called Barnwell or Barnards Cross, situated around the Culver Street / Barnard Street area, which marked a cattle and livestock market. Today, only the Poultry Cross remains, to which flying buttresses were added in 1852. Shopping centres include The Old George Mall, The Maltings, Winchester Street and the Crosskeys precinct. 


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