School Locality - About Salisbury & Wiltshire

Salisbury is a thriving medieval cathedral city with over six thousand years of history, situated ninety minutes from London. Surrounded by picturesque villages, it is a lively and interesting town. Considered a city of culture, there are festivals, carnivals and theatres.

Salisbury is close to many historic sites such as Stonehenge, near the New Forest, with a busy market, up-to-date shopping facilities and a lively Arts scene. It has good rail and road links with London, Southampton, Bath, Bristol and the West Country.

Salisbury CathedralThe cathedral in the heart of Salisbury has the tallest spire, of about 404 feet, in England. Although the first cathedral was struck by lighting and badly damaged, just days after work was completed, it is still beautiful and is often used by the school for Speech Day. It is full of interest with Europe's oldest working clock and the best preserved Magna Carta.

A Building in SalisburyOld Sarum was a thriving town in 300BC. Now a ruin, it is still of great interest. After Roman occupation the town became a military base and named Sorviodonium. Then, after a Norman invasion in 1066 it became Salisberie. Once the town had outgrown its available space, New Sarum, now Salisbury, was founded slightly further south. This is why Old Sarum is given that name.

Salisbury has many award-winning museums and a wide variety of shops, some of which date from the 13th century. With all the places of interest surrounding the school, there are many exciting trips, in particular geography field trips to study the surrounding area.

South Wilts Grammar School is situated on the outskirts of Salisbury and has good bus links not only to the centre but also to the surrounding villages. The train station is also within walking distance of the school.

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