Life in Salisbury
Discover retirement living in a medieval cathedral city
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Retirement living in Salisbury
If you retire to Salisbury, you won’t be short of things to do. Starting with the Gothic splendour of Salisbury Cathedral. It boasts Britain’s tallest spire and is home to nesting peregrine falcons as well as the world’s best-preserved copy of the Magna Carta and the oldest working clock.
Then there’s Old Sarum, one of the earliest settlements in Salisbury, two miles from the centre. This iron age fort was home to Romans, Saxons and Normans and also a medieval castle. It makes a brilliant day out for history buffs – and their grandchildren.
For culture vultures, Salisbury Arts Centre hosts exhibitions, performances and films. Or try the independent gallery and café at Fisherton Mill. There’s theatre at the renowned Salisbury Playhouse and a unique Odeon cinema housed in a fantastic 15th century building.
Salisbury is a very social city and hosts a range of festivals where everyone comes together. The most popular include Salisbury International Arts Festival, Stonehenge Summer Solstice and the Cursus Cider & Music Festival.
There are plenty of regular activities locally too, including still life at Studio 53, baking at Waitrose cookery school and sports clubs at the Five Rivers Leisure centre which also offers an indoor swimming pool and a range of fitness classes.
If you enjoy performing, then Salisbury is just the place. Try Mind the Gap, a performance and creative arts group for older people that meets regularly at Salisbury Playhouse, or Dance Six-O, a contemporary dance company exclusive to the over 60s.Did you know? 83% of McCarthy & Stone homeowners experience a sense of community in their new property.
Salisbury offers a gateway to a wealth of tourist attractions and as such it is well served by public transport. There are regular direct trains to London which take around an hour and a half from the centrally located Salisbury train station. You’ll also find direct trains to Brighton, Exeter, Cardiff and Portsmouth. From the train station there’s a shuttle bus that takes you to Stonehenge.
Salisbury has a reliable bus service, the Salisbury Reds, which has a heritage going back to 1915. It also runs the Stonehenge tour bus – a hop on, hop off service that takes you to all the city’s favourite tourist sights.
By road, Salisbury is accessed by the A36 and sits conveniently between the M27 and the M4.
Salisbury is ideal for retirement living if you love the great outdoors. To the west is Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while to the south, the New Forest National Park stretches all the way to the coast.
You also won’t be short of day trips. The world famous stone circles of Stonehenge are 20 minutes outside Salisbury city centre and the Stonehenge visitors centre offers fascinating insights into this Neolithic monument. You can reach the popular seaside town of Bournemouth in just under an hour and the historic city of Bath with its famed Roman Baths is an hour away.
For golf lovers, Salisbury and South Wiltshire Golf Course is under six miles away. If you’re looking to start a new hobby, try their popular and friendly Golf Taster Sessions.