- Salisbury sits alongside Washington, Milan and Vienna as top destination
- City boasts 800-year-old Magna Carta
- Heritage, arts and nightlife listed as key attractions
The cathedral city of Salisbury has been named by Lonely Planet as one of 2015's unmissable cities.
Charming, majestic and quintessentially English, Salisbury is one of the UK's most captivating cities, yet, would you think of it as being one of the go-to cities of 2015? Perhaps not, but the experts at Lonely Planet have named it as one of the most unmissable destinations in the world.
Along with Washington DC (US), El Chalten (Argentina), Milan (Italy), Zermatt (Switzerland), Valletta (Malta), Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Vienna (Austria), Chennai (India) and Toronto (Canada), Salisbury has been identified as a standout city for next year.
The respected travel guide, which comes up with its annual list based on a variety of criteria – including whether or not it is considered an up and coming place and what kind of events it will be hosting – described the cathedral city as no longer being a 'short stop on the way to Stonehenge'.
Next year, says Lonely Planet, will be markedly different, with visitors instead 'lingering' in Salisbury as it 'uncorks the champagne for the 800th anniversary of its greatest treasure, the Magna Carta'.
"The 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta gives a great excuse to visit," said Tom Hall, editorial director of Lonely Planet. "Like most visitors I headed straight for the cathedral, but found that I liked exploring Salisbury’s historic old centre, green spaces with a relaxed atmosphere and exploring some historic pubs as much as the big-name sights."
The international recognition is timely then and also reflects the unhurried evolution of the city. Resplendently historic, what with its medieval walls, cobbled streets and half-timbered Tudor town houses, it has nevertheless always looked to the future, reinventing itself, in part, as a quietly confident cultural hotspot.
Part of its emerging modern character is one of sumptuous bars, preeminent restaurants and cafes aplenty. Amidst this vibrant cluster of eateries and drinking establishments, is of course, a plethora of galleries and museums to keep you entertained and captivated however long or short your trip to the city is.
"We are delighted Lonely Planet has recognised Salisbury as one of the Top Ten Cities in the World to visit," commented VisitWiltshire’s chief executive officer David Andrews.
"We are extremely proud of Salisbury’s history and heritage such as Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, as well as our arts and culture, shopping, food and drink and nightlife. Salisbury is also a great base for visitors to experience popular attractions further afield such as Stonehenge, Avebury and our White Horses."
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