I thought I would do a travel post today as it’s been an incredibly long time since I did! I believe the last time I did one was when Adam and I went to St. Ives last year! So, to celebrate mine and Adam’s 9 year anniversary two weekends ago, we took a trip to Salisbury in Wiltshire. It was about an hour on the train from Bath and luckily it didn’t rain once, despite me wearing suitable travelling clothes. You just know though if I had worn something fancy and non waterproof, it would have down poured!
So what can I say about Salisbury? One word – Magical! It was mixed emotions when we got off the train though as the area around the station leaves much to be desired, however once you get into the town and actually into Salisbury itself, it’s so quaint and historical. There’s a beautiful stream/river that runs through the town, even beneath the shops at some points, there’s bridges, delicate and elegant looking buildings, serene and picturesque surroundings and of course… Salisbury Cathedral.
Salisbury Cathedral was the actual reason we went as I hadn’t been there since I was a little child with my grandparents, so I don’t remember a whole lot about it. The architecture and the history behind this cathedral is incredible. I knew it was big, but when you arrive towards the entrance of the grounds, you’re hit in the face with the monumental scale of it. I believe Salisbury Cathedral has the tallest spire in the UK, standing at 404ft high. You can actually take a tower tour which can take up to 2 hours, but unfortunately it wasn’t something I could have managed with my health as there’s 332 steps, which is a bit much for me. Maybe in the near future though, if I’m a lot better, it’s definitely something I want to do!
Regardless of not being able to climb the tower, the cathedral inside is magnificent. The stained glass windows, the sculptures, the fountain, flags, memorials… All of it was spectacular. You can see from the photos just how beautiful everything is. You will have to excuse me with the iPhone photos as we never took our camera, so they’re not the best of quality from what you’re used to here, but I have edited them as much as possible and sharpened them up. One thing we couldn’t photograph was the Magne Carta though unfortunately as it needs to be kept private in a dark room, but seeing something that old on paper is wonderful.
The first Salisbury Cathedral was built in 1092 and restorations, additions etc have been added throughout the 18th, 19th and 20th century, ensuring it’s kept in top condition. I was in awe when I was looking at all the engraving and stone work on the outside of the building, as well as the inside. We were even looking around trying to find some important decorations which symbolise events that happened at that time. I can honestly say it was definitely worth the trip! If you ever find yourself in the South West of England, make the trip to Salisbury Cathedral if it’s your thing, it’s definitely worth it! You make a donation to get in, and the tours are paid for if you do them, but it’s a great day out. Even if you aren’t hugely into religious buildings, the village and town is really beautiful as well.
We even found one of the biggest sweet shops ever! It had 2 floors and was filled with candy in all varieties, so I just had to take photos of it too! After the Cathedral visit and looking around the town (Adam ate lunch and I packed my own), we decided to just wander around slowly and take in the beauty. It was extremely quiet and there weren’t a lot of people around when we were checking out the village, there were some museums too (I’m always a huge fan of museums), but we didn’t have the time to do them before our train home, so maybe next time when we visit! Have any of you ever been to Salisbury? And what do you think of it from my photos? Lorna xx.