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Soaring Salisbury proves to still be the best place to live

Over the centuries, Salisbury has weathered many challenges to its beautiful city centre. The lockdown is no exception and perhaps it should be no surprise then that Salisbury has bounced back stronger.

There’s never been a better time to enjoy the scenery, fresh air and to support the wealth of independent businesses. Today, the medieval streets are very much alive with a bustling community that enjoy being surrounded by the rich culture and architecture – with many attractions reopened and safe to visit again.

Last year, The Times even nominated Salisbury as their Best Place to Live in the UK, saying: “Salisbury, we salute you. Whatever foes this beautiful medieval city has faced, from the Celts to the Vikings to the recent novichok poisonings, it has emerged victorious. This cathedral city is divinely attractive, has a distinguished history and this year we’re honouring its resurgent community spirit — and its glorious surrounds.”

Platinum Skies residents at Chapters in Salisbury have been taking full advantage of all the benefits of retirement in Wiltshire.

“Having lived in Salisbury for so long, I was already well aware of the fantastic amenities in the city – Chapters’ proximity to the centre means that I can easily enjoy them. The view from my balcony was the cherry on top when I was buying at Chapters. To be able to say that I have my own view of Salisbury Cathedral, right from my home, is better than I could have imagined,” says Chapters homeowner, Margaret.

We feel there’s so much more to explore and discover in Salisbury. Here’s our short guide to the best attractions you can still safely enjoy on a day out:   

  • Find your peace at the Cathedral

Yes, a visit to Salisbury Cathedral is a must. The spacious stunning grounds also make the perfect location to find a quiet, socially-distanced spot for a picnic or to take in the grandeur of the architecture

However, to truly appreciate the beauty of the building we recommend having a tour inside to see the hand-carved features that have stood the test of time since the 13th century.

To ensure safety, they’ve reduced the number of people that they can welcome at one time and you’ll need to book your visit in advance. You can do this via the Salisbury Cathedral website.

  • Get medieval at Salisbury Market

Again, this takes a bit of planning. Salisbury Charter Market is now open once again every Saturday from 8am until 3pm in the Market Place following a successful trial on 16th May.

It gives shoppers the opportunity to purchase wonderful items from local traders in the Market Place. Similar to safety measures currently being carried out at local supermarkets, there will be restricted access to the market using barriers and visitors will be following social distancing guidelines to help people shop as safely as possible.

It’s been drawing visitors since medieval times, with a winning selection of local fare such as fresh meat, bread and veg. Although the fresh doughnuts and artisan coffee are a welcome modern addition. 

Shoppers are encouraged to use contactless payment and not cash at those stalls where this is possible.

  • Indulge your sweet tooth

Guaranteed to be a hit with any grandchildren that might be in tow. You can now take a trip to Roly’s Fudge Pantry that has reopened on the High Street

This gorgeous Georgian shop has all manner of traditional-style sweet treats that would also make the perfect gift. Products range from the best-selling vanilla clotted cream and seasonal favourites from hot cross bun to Christmas pudding fudge. 

  • Crafty skills at Fisherton Mill

Proving to be much more than an art gallery. It’s one of Salisbury’s most beautiful restored buildings and home to an ever-changing array of affordable art, regular exhibitions and workshops. 

If you’re lucky, you might even see some of the skilled craftspeople at work. The gallery gift shop sells works from over 200 different artists, so you can find inspirational and unique gifts. 

It’s all open for business, but we’d advise checking the website for event times. What’s more, there’s also a multi-award-winning café that serves delicious coffee and cakes.

  • Take off for Boscombe Down 

Located in a hangar at Old Sarum airfield, this was intended to be a very much a hands-on museum but has now adapted to lockdown measures. While you can’t currently sit in the cockpits of aircraft, you can get up close and see the actual restoration of historic planes.

The expert guides have an uplifting passion for their subject matter and is an absolute must for aviation enthusiasts.

  • Be at one with Stonehenge

An oldie but a goodie. Stonehenge is open to visit, though you will need to book your timed tickets in advance. This could be one of the best times to see the World Heritage site without the throngs of visitors.

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