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Salisbury - The Surrounding Area
Stonehenge | Wilton House | Wilton Carpet Factory

The information presented on these Salisbury pages is based on the Salisbury City Centre Street Map and Guide 2002

Near Amesbury.
Tel: 01980 624715.
This megalithic monument on Salisbury Plain dates from about 2800 BC, and still remains an intriguing mystery. No one knows who built it or its purpose. It has been suggested that the arrangement of the stones enabled accurate observations of the heavens. It originally consisted of a continuous circle of 30 stones, each 18 feet high and weighing about 25 tonnes, linked together at the top with lintels. Within the circle were five separate pairs of uprights, each with their own lintel, arranged in a horseshoe, and an altar stone. Around the Stonehenge site there are many more prehistoric sites, and a walking guide is available from the Visitor Centre.

Open daily mid-March to May 9.30am-6pm, June to August 9am-7pm, September to mid-October 9.30am-6pm, mid-October to mid-March 9.30am-4pm. Ticket price includes a complimentary audio tour in several languages. Stonehenge Kitchen provides refreshments but there is no indoor seating. Gift shop. Baby changing facilities. Good disabled access and toilet. From Salisbury follow the A345 to Amesbury and follow the signs (about 9 miles). There are regular buses from Salisbury to Stonehenge. Guide Friday offers a guided Stonehenge Tour from Salisbury Railway Station. Tel: 01722 336855 for bus and coach details. See the Tours section for more information.

Wilton (3 miles west of Salisbury on the A30).
Tel: 01722 746720 for general enquiries or 01722 746729 for 24 hour recorded information.
Wilton House was built in the 16th century on the site of a 9th century nunnery, and has been the home of the Earls of Pembroke ever since. An enjoyable 17 minute film introduces the house and its history. Much of the house was destroyed by fire in 1647, and was rebuilt to a design by Inigo Jones. The splendour of the Double Cube Room is breathtaking - it was the setting for scenes from The Madness of King George and Sense and Sensibility. Wilton House has one of the finest private art collections in Britain, including paintings by Rubens, Brueghel and Van Dyck. Other attractions include the Tudor Kitchen and Victorian Laundry, "The Wareham Bears" - 200 dressed miniature teddies, and a massive adventure playground for children, set in extensive parkland. There are woodland and riverside walks in the 21 acres of landscaped parkland.

Open daily from April to October 11am-6pm (last admission 5pm). The Palladian restaurant serves drinks, snacks and hot meals. Gift shop. Wheelchair access.  There is a frequent bus service from Salisbury.

King Street, Wilton (3 miles west of Salisbury on the A30).
Tel: 01722 744919.
The Wilton Carpet Factory is the original home of the world famous carpet manufacturer. You can see the looms in action, and experience the history of carpet making in the museum.

Open Monday to Saturday 9am-5.30pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm. Factory tours, lasting about 60 minutes, are highly recommended. Wheelchair access to most of the site. Coffee shop.


For further information about Salisbury, including a free visitor pack, please contact the Salisbury Tourist Information Centre.


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