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Home to the first-ever document to put limits on the rule of the King, the city has huge historical significance to the country...
With a history dating back more than 2,500 years, the area has long played a part in the development of Great Britain. Having originated from an iron age fort, Salisbury has long acted as a crossing point for traffic from London to the South West, as well as the ports of the south coast at Portsmouth and Southampton.
Today a visit to the area is made easier when you hire a car thanks to a good road network around the city and into the surrounding countryside.
The city centre is compact, with plenty of cafes, pubs, shops and restaurants. However, the main draw is the cathedral. The complex dominates the skyline and it is one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in the country. It houses magnificent stained glass and the oldest mechanical working clock in the country - dating back to 1386.
Outside the main building is the Cathedral Close. A large expanse of walled grassland, it's a popular and beautiful place to relax in the city, as well as see listed buildings such as Arundells (the former home of Prime Minister Edward Heath) and the Rifles (a military museum). Salisbury Museum is also found here with the Stonehenge Gallery and collections including Turner art and Roman relics on show.
Southampton (SOU) or London Heathrow (LHR) airports are the nearest to the city - taking 45 minutes and one hour, respectively, by car. You can pick up your hire car at these airports or at various downtown locations in Salisbury. To find the best price on car rental in Salisbury, use TravelSupermarket's search tool to the left.
When you organise car hire in Salisbury, it's easy to get around Wiltshire and the wider area, with the city linked by good roads and motorways.There's so much to see around King's Lynn; car hire is a savvy investment if you want to discover more of England...
Stonehenge is a must-see for most visitors to the area. Managed by English Heritage, it is a prehistoric monument and one of the leading sites in Europe. It has a new visitor centre with exhibitions about the history of the stone circle, and you have the chance to walk up to the circle itself to take in the wonders of this mythical place.
The area has long been known for its chalk carvings of white horses. These are found on hillsides overlooking scenic farmland and can be viewed from miles away. Some of the best examples are at Westbury, Cherhill and Marlborough. Crop circles are also iconic to Wiltshire, in particular appearing in farmland as summer arrives.
Longleat is within striking distance of Salisbury. The house and safari park make a great attraction. The animal park has everything from giraffes to cheetahs and monkeys to elephants. You can drive through various areas of the park in your hire car before parking up and enjoying attractions such as the Bat Cave and Stingray Bay. You can also explore the house, a wonderful stately home with Capability Brown landscaped gardens.
Railway lovers should head to Swindon for the Museum of the Great Western Railway, while Southampton and Portsmouth are also within easy reach.