Best Salisbury Tours from London

Take a day trip from London to Salisbury to discover the medieval cathedral city, from iconic architecture and historical treasures to scenic walks.
Landscape photo of Salisbury Cathedral, framed by green grass and shrubbery and blue cloudy skies in the background
Scenic photo of Salisbury Cathedral. Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Days out to Salisbury from London

Travel to Salisbury from London on a day trip and experience medieval architecture, fascinating museums and an eclectic mix of medieval-meets-modern shops and eateries.

Where is Salisbury and how can I get there from London?

Salisbury is located in the county of Wiltshire in England, about 88 miles (142km) southwest of London. The train is around one hour and forty minutes from London Waterloo, or you can travel there by car in less than three hours.

Things to do in Salisbury

Aerial view on Salisbury and its cathedral.

Salisbury is a Cathedral city, best known for its ageless beauty and enchanting history. It is home to some of the country’s most intriguing treasures, including a working 14th-century clock and an original copy of the 1215 Magna Carta. Salisbury is within easy reach of London, with many historical treasures waiting to be explored.

Explore the town

Take a step back in time and explore the medieval cobbled streets of Salisbury. Medieval mixes with modern here - you’ll see one of Britain’s most impressive cathedrals, Salisbury Cathedral, which has stood the test of time for more than 800 years, juxtaposed with independent shops and restaurants nearby.

Walk along High Street Gate to get an up close and personal look at the incredible architecture of the medieval gate, built between 1327 and 1342, which now makes for a unique photo opportunity.

Landscape image of an old inn, which charming thatched roof, wooden beams, white walls and traditional window panes.

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the various chain and independent restaurants and cafes, but if you fancy eating at a restaurant that is more than 700 years old, make sure to visit The Haunch of Venison. Built in 1320, the pub has retained its character and charm with wooden staircases and floorboards and 16th century fireplaces. The New Inn is another charming olde world inn, dating back to 1380. You can enjoy great local food, craft ales and cathedral views here.

Attractions and museums

From local archaeology collections at Salisbury Museum to the largest infantry regiment of the British Army at the Rifles Museum, there are plenty of attractions and museums to explore in Salisbury.

The historical Salisbury Charter Market has been running since 1227 and is one of the oldest markets in the UK. Open on Saturdays, you’ll find more than 70 stalls here offering a variety of local produce and products, including fresh fruit and vegetables, jewellery, homeware and pet supplies.

The best Salisbury day trips and tours from London

Below are several tours and day trips from London to Salisbury, including some combined trips to other iconic locations such as Stonehenge and Bath.

Stonehenge. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.
Enjoy a visit to Salisbury, Windsor and Stonehenge in this action-packed day trip from London. Explore the royal history of the 11th century Windsor Castle, wander around the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge and soak up the atmosphere of the 800-year-old Salisbury CathedralDuration: 12 hours.

Golden Tours Visitor Centre, Bus Stop 1, Bulleid Way, Victoria, SW1W 9SH


From £79.00

The Walking Madonna statue outside of Salisbury Cathedral. Image source: Pixabay/Daryus Chandra
Experience the modern and medieval city of Salisbury on this duo-attraction tour of Salisbury Cathedral and the 1215 Magna Carta. Explore the Gothic architecture of the Cathedral and marvel at the 123-meter tower and the world’s oldest mechanical clock, dating back to 1836. The Cathedral houses one of the four remaining versions of the 1215 Magna Carta which you can see on your visit.
The enchanting city of Bath. © Unsplash/James Shaw
Experience an unforgettable Christmas Day trip from London to four of the UK’s most iconic locations and a delicious three-course Christmas lunch. Visit the historical town of Salisbury, spot the ancient monument of Stonehenge, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath and enjoy a walking tour of Windsor. Duration: 12 hours.
Windsor Castle precincts © Nihal Shah via Unsplash. Image courtesy of Nihal Shah via Unsplash
Combine the four iconic sights of Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath and Salisbury on this action-packed Boxing Day trip. Wander through the town of Windsor, visit the 5,000-year-old phenomenon that is Stonehenge, witness Bath’s famous monuments from the comfort of your seat and see Salisbury Cathedral on this exciting day trip. Duration: 12 hours.
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