Living in Salisbury

In this guide, we’ll go over everything you’ll ever need to know about living in Salisbury, a city in Wiltshire; from discussing the best neighbourhoods, best schools and the best places to go shopping, this blog holds all the answers to your questions and more!

Getting to Know Salisbury
Property Prices in Salisbury
The Best Neighbourhoods in Salisbury
Salisbury Crime Rates
Living and Leisure in Salisbury
Schools in Salisbury
Transport in Salisbury
Hospitals in Salisbury
Going to University in Salisbury
Best Places to Stay in Salisbury
Best Places to Shop in Salisbury
Best Places to Eat in Salisbury
History and Landmarks
Top 10 Things to do in Salisbury
Need a Locksmith in Salisbury?


What and where is Salisbury?

Salisbury is a cathedral city located in Wiltshire. Salisbury is found at the meeting of the rivers Avon, Nadder and Bourne. Salisbury is in the southeast of Wiltshire at the edge of Salisbury plain.

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What is the population of Salisbury?

The current population of Salisbury is 124 thousand, with an average age of 41.3 years old. The population of Salisbury has grown 16.1% since 2002. In 2011 there was on average 2.45 people per household.


What are the average house prices in Salisbury?

Last year the average house price in Salisbury was £285,535. Most of the properties sold in this time period were terraced, which were sold for an average of £241,810. Semi detached properties were sold at an average of £293,486, while a detached property was sold at an average of £422,321. Last year housing prices in Salisbury were down 6% on the year before, and compared to the housing peak in 2017, they were down 1%.



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Average cost: £293,486


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Average cost: £201,454 


Where are the Best Neighbourhoods in Salisbury to Live In?


Wilton is a market town close to the centre of Salisbury. There is a great range of shop and great amenities. Wilton is situated on the edge of the beautiful Cranbourne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs.


Downton is a lovely, lively village which has been around for 7000 years. It is located in the Avon Valley, which is on the edge of the New Forest. As well as the stunning backdrop of the forest, you will find plenty of shops and leisure facilities.


This is a lesser known village in the New Forest, so it’s a great place to live if you want to avoid the tourists. Its set on the River Avon, a medieval seven arched bridge provides a beautiful welcome to the town.


Is Salisbury a Safe City?

Violent crime are the highest reported crimes in the area making up 32.6% of all crimes reported. There were 5.9 thousand violent crimes reported last year which is an increase of 16.8% from the year before. Criminal damage and arson crime make up 9.7% of all crime committed in Salisbury, this has actually decreased by 5.5% over the last year.


Is Salisbury nice place to live?

The Sunday Times named Salisbury as the best place to live in the UK 2019. This was due to its attractiveness and welcoming community. The city was judged on statistics including housing prices, school league tables and air quality levels.


What Schools are in Salisbury?

With the large population in Salisbury, there are plenty of schools to choose from. There are many schools that have received great ratings from Ofsted; Downton CE, Greentree and Wyndham Park, all primary schools, were given an ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted. For high-school aged children there is also a good choice of schools; the two grammar schools on Salisbury both have good reputations and were given an ‘outstanding’ rating.


What is the Transport like in Salisbury?


Southampton is not far, you can get there in around 30 minutes on the train, or you can take the train to Bristol in just over an hour. London Waterloo is about 90 mins by train.


Salisbury has good road links with the A36 close by that will take you down to the New Forest and the beaches on the south coast. But if you take the A36 up, you will get to North Wessex Downs and the southern Cotswolds. You can head up to Andover and connect to the A303 and M3 to Basingstoke.


The closest airport to Salisbury is Bournemouth International Airport, which is around 20 miles away. Bristol Airport is also close to Salisbury at 38 miles away.


Commuting to nearest city

Salisbury is situated well for a commute to London. With great transport links and a large train station you can easily get to London in an hour and a half by rail.


Where is the closest Airport in Salisbury?

The closest airport to Salisbury is Bournemouth International Airport, which is around 20 miles away. Bristol Airport is also close to Salisbury at 38 miles away.


What is the closest Hospital in Salisbury?

Salisbury District Hospital is a large hospital at Odstock in Wiltshire, England, about one and half miles south of the centre of the city of Salisbury. It is managed by the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.


What Universities are in Salisbury?

The closest university to Salisbury is Wiltshire college and university. It offers a wide range of apprenticeships as well as full-time, part-time and university level courses.

The specialist facility at the Castle Combe circuit was the first trackside motorsport engineering training facility in the UK and is home to our Motorsport Engineering programmes.

Student accommodation is available at our Lackham and Salisbury campuses, the rooms are available to everyone, no matter how local you live.


What are the best hotels in Salisbury?

Cricket Field House

This 4 star B&B is located a mile from Salisbury city centre. It has stunning gardens and is a great place to stay if you want to see Stonehenge or Longleat. There are tea and coffee facities as well as free WI-FI and parking.

The Pembroke Arms

The rooms in the Pembroke arms are elegant and traditionally furnished. There is a restaurant on site which uses fresh, local produce. You can enjoy a traditional English breakfast as well as other options, included in your room rate. Salisbury city centre is 5 minutes away and each room has a flat screen television.

Stonehenge Cottages

These cute little cottages are a stone’s throw from Stonehenge, you can choose from 2 cottages, one with 2 bedrooms and the other with 3. There is free parking and wi-fi available. You can even take your pet if you can’t bear to be away from them. With Salisbury city centre nearby, these cottages are a great alternative to a traditional hotel.


Where are the best places to Shop in Salisbury?

Most weeks you will find the Salisbury Charter Market, which is an eclectic mx of food stalls. You will be treated to coffee, ice cream, hog roasts, florists and much more. This market is outside, so look out for any bad weather that might spoil your shopping experience.

On the high-street there is Old George Mall, you can also gain access from New Canal and Catherine Street. You will find some big high-street names such as M&S, WH Smiths, H&M and many others.

There is also the Cross Keys Arcade, this is an undercover shopping area that contains an old Jacobean staircase. In here you will find a large TK Maxx, Rymans and Richmond Classics and a few places to eat, such as Subway and the Cross Keys Restaurant. The Arcade often holds events that include children’s activities like face painting, Christmas grotto and the chance to meet birds of prey.

The Maltings is a shopping centre located in Salisbury central car park. The Maltings houses a Sainsburys, The Works, Superdrug and some smaller independent retailers. It also features a small gym, library and a couple of cafes.


Where are the best places to eat in Salisbury?

The Rivers Edge at the Rose & Crown Hotel

This stylish and modern restaurant offers dining with a waterfront view. You can have breakfasts, brunches, lunches and dinner every day. They have recently updated the menu, so isn’t to be missed.


This relaxed restaurant gives you an opportunity to enjoy authentic Arabic drinking and dining. Found right in the heart of Salisbury, its one to check out if you fancy something different.

The Haunch of Venison

This is one of the regions oldest pubs, having been used to house the craftsmen who worked on the cathedral spire in 1320. It offers traditional pub food, with the chance of a ghost siting! It’s advised you book a table as this pub is very popular.


This Indian restaurant has taken inspiration from age-old recipes and ideas, creating dishes that offer you the most authentic taste of India you can get. A must go for curry lovers.


Landmarks and History

In March 2018, Salisbury became a focal point of media attention; a man and his daughter were found unconscious on a park bench. Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal were rushed to hospital, where it was later found they were suffering from the effects of Novichok, a chemical weapon previously developed by the Soviet Union and Russia. Once the NHS became aware of what had caused the illness, they declared a major incident in the local area. Member of the public and some emergency service workers, that had been in contact with Skripal became unwell, with one police officer being admitted to intensive care. It became extremely important to find the source of the chemical agent, to stop anyone else becoming sick. The police and public health blocked off major parts of the city, any vehicles that could have been exposed were destroyed, the army was brought in to help with this and to help keep people safe. The situation escalated when two more people were found to have been affected by the Novichok, fears grew that many more people were going to come into contact with the chemical weapon. Unfortunately Dawn Sturgess died as a result of her exposure to the Novichok, however Sergei and Yulia Skripal and Dawns partner Charlie Rowley survived and continue to recover.

There was also an economic impact for Salisbury due to the poisonings; tourists were reluctant to come back to the city, with fears of themselves becoming unwell. However, the government has given Wiltshire council ‘recovery money’ of around £7.5 million to help the local area recover, help out local businesses and boost tourism.

Salisbury Cathedral


Salisbury cathedral attractions to visit

One of the major tourist attractions of Salisbury is Salisbury Cathedral. It is regarded as one of the best examples of early English gothic architecture. It took 38 years to complete, starting in 1220 and being completed in 1258. The spire on Salisbury Cathedral is the tallest church spire in the UK, it stands at 404 feet and has held the title since 1549. You are able to take a ‘Tower Tour’ where you can view in interior of the spire, which is hollow and contains ancient wooden scaffolding. The clock that is contained within the cathedral is among the oldest clocks in the UK. Salisbury Catedral also contains the best surviving, original, copy of the Magna Carter.

Tickets to Salisbury Cathedral for tourists/visitors give access to the Cathedral, Chapter House with Magna Carta and Works Yard exit and are as follows:

  • £8 for adults
  • £5 for students (aged 13-18 years)
  • Up to 6 children aged 12 and under free with one adult ticket.

However, entry is free for Salisbury residents, you must show photo ID to prove you are a resident.



Stonehenge Salisbury UK attractions to visit

Stonehenge is located 20 minutes from Salisbury, Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument that consists of 93 rocks placed in a ring. Each stone is approximately 13 feet (4.0 m) high, seven feet (2.1 m) wide, and weighing around 25 tons. Stonehenge is one of the most famous landmarks in the UK and has been a legally protected scheduled ancient monument since 1882. It is managed by English Heritage and the surrounding land is managed by the National Trust. Tickets are £21.50 for adults and £12.90 for children. Admission is free for English Heritage and National Trust members.


Top 10 Things to do in Salisbury

  1. Salisbury Cathedral
  2. Cathedral Close
  3. Old City Centre
  4. Arundells
  5. Old Sarum
  6. The Salisbury Museum
  7. Stonehenge & Salisbury Plain
  8. Wilton House
  9. Larmer Tree Gardens
  10. The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum


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