Part of the fun of visiting a new destination is researching the quirky, fun, and interesting things to spend your time doing. This guide to Salisbury tells you everything you need to know for a perfect day out in this wonderful, historic city:
Situated in historic Wiltshire, Salisbury is a great base to explore further afield, such as the weird and wonderful fables of Stonehenge, but the city itself is more than worthy of a city break in full. Stare in awe at the intricate architecture of Salisbury Cathedral, check out the Magna Carta (yes, the real one!), and of course, enjoy Salisbury shopping in abundance! Being a city, there’s plenty of opportunities for shopping, entertainment and nightlife.
Choosing a central and comfortable base is, of course, a must-do, and The Red Lion Hotel certainly ticks those boxes! Check availability and rates ahead of time, then look forward to spending a few days exploring the wonder of beautiful Salisbury. Let’s check out the best places to visit in Salisbury to get you excited about your upcoming break. These Salisbury attractions and ideas should certainly whet your appetite.
If you’re visiting with little ones, you’ll no doubt be keen to look for fun things to do in Salisbury. We all know that happy kids means happy parents, and far fewer tantrums to deal with! Of course, a good night’s sleep will help with that, and The Red Lion Hotel certainly caters for your needs, with a range of themed rooms available.
To keep your little darlings occupied, check out the attractions below for a few ideas on how to fill your Salisbury days.
13 minute drive from The Red Lion Hotel
Kids love space to run and roam, and in that case, the Old Sarum is the ideal spot. Surrounded by stunning Wiltshire countryside, the ramparts of the Old Sarum (the first Cathedral) are still in place and kids will love running around them and exploring the history in person. Keep an eye out for events nearer to the time of your visit as you might be lucky enough to be visiting when there’s a medieval tournament going on; who doesn’t love a spot of jousting before lunch!
You can reach the Old Sarum from the centre of town via bus, which runs every hour.
13 minute walk from The Red Lion Hotel
Whether it’s raining or you simply need to let the kids run around like crazy, Outburst is a fantastic way to spend an hour or two. Of course, it also means you get to sit down and relax too! This is an indoor and soft play area which also has a ten pin bowling alley and laser tag too. It’s suitable for all ages and it also has a toddler area, so your little ones can play in total safety. If they don’t have a good night’s sleep after a few hours running around here, we don’t have any other suggestions!
30 minute drive from The Red Lion Hotel
Hands up who has a child who can’t get enough of Peppa Pig? Whether you’re sick of the sight of this rather iconic character or not, the kids are sure to love a day out at Peppa’s very own home! Part of Paulton’s Park, Peppa Pig World has 9 different rides for kids to enjoy, as well as the chance to meet Peppa in person!
Check out the Queens Flying Coach ride, taking you around the entire park, or enjoy a mini-sailing expedition at Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club. This is sure to tire out your little ones and fill them with plenty of fun to tell their friends about when they return home!
If you’re looking for hotels near Peppa Pig World, The Red Lion Hotel is the perfect choice as we’re just 30 minutes away by car.
15 minute walk from The Red Lion Hotel
The kids will love exploring this working farm, visiting the farmyard animals and also learning about conservation and sustainability via the things they’re seeing. You can also purchase some delicious fresh produce from the farm shop whilst you’re there, as well as getting plenty of fresh air.
River Bourne Community Farm is suitable for all ages and you can also take your own picnic and enjoy the (hopefully) pleasant weather!
After a long day of sightseeing and enjoying everything Salisbury has to offer, why not stop by for a drink in our 1220 bar before heading out for the evening? You could even finish your night off here before bed!
If you do want to venture into central Salisbury and check out the local nightlife, be sure to enjoy these particular attractions.
6 minute walk from The Red Lion Hotel
If you love solving puzzles and looking for hidden clues, head to Live Escape Salisbury, one of the best escape rooms around! Open right into the early evening, it’s the perfect thing to do before heading out for dinner, giving you the chance to work up an appetite with all that problem solving and running around!
Live Escape Salisbury is located quite centrally, so there are plenty of bars and restaurants close by to finish off your evening’s entertainment.
8 minute walk from The Red Lion Hotel
City Hall often has some big named shows taking place, including famous stand-up comedians, so make sure to check ahead of time before visiting. The likes of Craig Charles and Sarah Millican have graced the stage in the past and there’s a packed programme of events throughout the year. There is sure to be something to tickle your fancy!
City Hall has been standing for more than 50 years and is an iconic feature on the Salisbury nightlife scene. Located in central Salisbury, City Hall is around half a mile from The Red Lion Hotel.
3 minute walk from The Red Lion Hotel
If you like your evening’s entertainment to be a little historic, then visiting the Haunch of Venison should be on your list! This is one of the oldest hostels in the area and it’s packed with history and tales to tell. From the preserved mummified hand to stories of 18th century card cheaters, this is a great spot for an evening meal with a difference! Winston Churchill is reputed to have dined here once too, so you’re in great company.
Of course, the English weather isn’t always kind to us and that means you need to know what to do if the heavens decide to open and shower us all with rain! The good news is that there are plenty of things to see and do even when the weather is less than impressive.
If the weather is a little wet, why not enjoy a delicious afternoon tea until the rain stops? Enjoy a variety of delicious sandwiches, cakes, and of course, traditional tea in total warmth and comfort!
Be sure to book your afternoon tea slot ahead of time and enjoy authentic scones and jam, pots of tea, sandwiches without the crusts and everything else you can expect from the best afternoon tea in Salisbury.
15 minute drive from The Red Lion Hotel
Whilst you might not want to head outside and view the gardens if the weather is bucketing it down, you can certainly explore the interior of this beautiful stately home, which has been home to the various Earls of Pembroke since the mid-1500s. Of course, since its first origins, Wilton House has been renovated and improved several times over but many of the original details persist.
You can reach Wilton House via bus, which runs every one to three hours from the centre of Salisbury.
8 minute walk from The Red Lion Hotel
The most famous spot in Salisbury is without a doubt the cathedral, and when the weather isn’t so welcoming, you can head inside and explore history and architecture without getting wet in the slightest. Of course, England is full of cathedrals but few are as jaw-dropping as Salisbury Cathedral.
Dating back to the 13th century and designed in Gothic style, you’ll fill your phone with photographs, but be sure to head to the crown jewel of your visit – the original 13th century copy of the Magna Carta.
The Red Lion Hotel in itself could be described as quirky, with themed rooms and a historic feel. You can explore the history of The Red Lion Hotel during your stay, and it’s certainly a great way to spend your time before you head out and explore the other attractions around the area!
3 minute walk from The Red Lion Hotel
If you want to enjoy a spot of weird and wonderful shopping in the centre of Salisbury, be sure to head to Salisbury market, where stalls have been in residence since 1219. Every Tuesday and Saturday you’ll hear fishmongers screaming about their prices, jewellery sellers trying to catch your attention, and everything else in-between! It’s certainly different and a great way to spend a few hours, grabbing some bargains along the way when you visit Salisbury.
5 minute walk from The Red Lion Hotel
Who doesn’t love a chunk of fudge? Very few people! If you have a particularly sweet tooth, be sure to drop into this quirky and rather wonderful, old fashioned fudge shop, with a huge range of different flavours to choose from. Located on the way to Salisbury Cathedral, you can drop in here and grab some supplies for the rest of the day, whilst also purchasing a few souvenirs to take home for your loved ones (if the fudge actually lasts that long!). You can even get to watch it being made, if you manage to time your visit just right.
1 minute walk from The Red Lion Hotel
Literally a stone’s throw away from The Red Lion Hotel you will find a very quirky and rather wonderful spot, which is ideal for either evening hours or during the day!
Yoyo is a bar which serves fantastic cocktails, but it’s also seriously retro and you can play board games whilst you sip your drinks. Visit on a Thursday for 2 for 1 cocktails all evening long and be sure to check out the Tea for 2, which is the cocktail of the moment served in a teapot, with a few biscuits to munch along the way!
If you’re thinking of things to do in and around Salisbury with your whole family, you won’t be disappointed. From Stonehenge to nature walks, there is plenty to take in and create some memories from!
25 minute drive from The Red Lion Hotel
One of the top things to do in Salisbury UK is without a doubt visiting Stonehenge and what better thing to do with your family than this? One of the most iconic sights worldwide, Stonehenge is steeped in mystery even to this day, and it’s a wonderful place to visit during the sunset or sunrise too. Head to the Visitor’s Centre to learn more, but certainly gaze in wonderment at what is before you.
You can reach Stonehenge via a specialised tour or by car, and it’s situated around 9 miles away from The Red Lion Hotel.
45 minute drive from The Red Lion Hotel
If a trip to Kenya is a bit of a stretch at the moment, you’re not settling for second best at Longleat Safari Park! If you think warm thoughts, you could be right there on an African savanna, but even without the sun, this is a fantastic day out for the whole family.
Enjoy the safari drive-through experience or jump on the safari bus if you’re not keen on taking your own car. There are regular feeding shows throughout the day and you can even book onto the Koala Creek VIP Experience if you have any koala fans in your midst. When you get a little peckish, there are plenty of spaces for a picnic or you can enjoy a quick meal at one of the restaurants on site.
If you’re looking for hotels near Longleat, The Red Lion Hotel is a pleasant 45 minute drive away.
18 minute drive from The Red Lion Hotel
If you’re visiting the Old Sarum, be sure to wander over to The Devenish for a few hours too. This is a beautiful natural spot, part of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, and will allow you to take in lungfuls of fresh air, and the little ones can run around to let off some steam too.
Perfect for photography, wildlife spotting and basically chilling out, you can reach The Devenish by bus or car, and it is around 5 miles away from The Red Lion Hotel.
10 minute walk from The Red Lion Hotel
One of the best things to do in Salisbury with the family is to learn something new together and in that case, head to Salisbury Museum. Featuring various different exhibitions, you’ll be able to learn about the city throughout the centuries, right from the very beginning, even taking in the Magna Carta.
Kids will get to learn something without even realising it, and adults will love exploring days gone by in very comfortable surroundings.
If you were wondering what to do in Salisbury, you now know that there is more than enough to fill your time and then some! All that’s left to do is check out our gallery of images to whet your appetite, book your hotel room at The Red Lion Hotel and start planning what to pack!
We look forward to seeing you soon!