markets & market towns
East of England
The story of Salisbury began around 2,500 years ago when an iron age fort was built on Salisbury Hill. Now called Old Sarum legends mix with historic chronicles about this first settlement of the city.
A visitor attraction in itself Old Sarum lies about 2 miles away from the modern day city centre of Salisbury which now sits at a confluence of 5 rivers and has a rich history for visitors to explore. Home to Salisbury Cathedral – Britain’s finest Medieval cathedral is a popular attraction comprising of the country’s tallest spire, oldest working clock and best preserved copy of the original 1215 Magna Carta. Just 9 miles away you will find Stonehenge – one of the most famous, mysterious and intriguing monuments ever to be built. Add to all that a vibrant high street of independent shops and restaurants and its a city well worth visiting!
A market has been held in Salisbury since the city Charter of 1227 and it still operates every Tuesday and Saturday. In 1612 there were 28 stalls and the Bishop took tolls from it giving a yearly income of £23. Now however the offering has grown to around 70 stalls of various sizes and is a colourful, noisy bustling place to experience. Its full of enticing aromas and displays from its food section and local farmers stalls to jewellery, haberdashery and kitchenware. There is something to tempt every shopper!
fact fileFor more information or attraction details please contact the Information Centre at Fish Row, Salisbury SP1 1EJ or telephone 01722 342860.