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Wiltshire is home to an array of exciting attractions, pleasing all kinds of holidaymaker, from the history buff to the travelling family. Among the county's main attractions are its wealth of natural, untouched countryside, its bustling market towns and its unusual historical sites. Somewhere on just about everyone's list of things to see and do is Salisbury, and its magnificent cathedral. One of the county's most popular towns, Salisbury has no shortage of exquisite hotels and guesthouses.
Though it was built in a relatively short time, between 1220 and 1258, Salisbury Cathedral is one of the most impressive and iconic buildings in the UK. The list of superlatives is a long one, with the cathedral boasting both the country's tallest spire (over 400 feet) and the oldest working clock (dating back to 1386).
Salisbury Cathedral isn't just an incredible building, though. It's also an attraction which features a number of historically significant claims to fame. Undoubtedly the most compelling reason to visit the cathedral is that it houses one of the four original Magna Carta scripts.
Aside from the historical significance, the cathedral offers plenty more awe-inspiring features, not least the views across the Wiltshire plains from atop the (crooked!) tower. Look to the north and you may catch a glimpse of Old Sarum, the first settlement of Sailsbury and the site of the original cathedral.
Visitors can take a break in the refectory restaurant, or the newly opened Bell Tower restaurant. There's also a gift shop and good disabled access.
Located in the heart of Salisbury, the cathedral is within easy reach of many of the best guesthouses and hotels in Wiltshire. Whether your idea of heaven is a small, family-run B&B or a grand old hotel, there's sure to be something to suit your needs.
The Mercure White Hart Hotel is just a stone's throw from Salisbury Cathedral, as is The Chapter House. There are also a handful of larger hotels on the edge of town, including the Legacy Rose and Crown and Grasmere House Hotel.