On Saturday I returned to a town that I used to visit a lot a few years ago but for some reason just hadn’t been back to in a long time – Salisbury.
I thought I would head back to a few places within the town that I like, the Cathedral and the market.
The Cathedral is simply stunning, a superb example of a mediaeval cathedral. I loved the ornate alter and knaves. There’s something mysterious and awe inspiring about these holy places that I just love.
Next up was the Salisbury Market that runs twice a week on a Tuesday and Saturday. This was more than a typical town market, it was more like an amalgam of traditional market and the ever popular farmers market with lots of local produce from local producers.
I got talking to one of the stallholders (Mike) who rears his own pigs for slaughter and sale at the market. It was great to hear him talk with such passion and enthusiasm for his work and I ended up buying some lovely bacon for tea when I got back home.
Another reason for enjoying the trip was that the transport links to Salisbury are so good, you have a great central train station, lot’s of buses serving the local area and my favourite whenever I’m visiting somewhere new; a superb selection of park and ride options: details here.
It does irritate me when local authorities don’t invest in these schemes, they really can make or break a city. Many people have cited the abundance of easy parking with the rise of supermarkets in the UK over the last 20 years, yet town planners still seem behind the times. Anyway rant over (I’m sure I’ll revisit that soap box subject again).
All in all a fantastic day, and a place I would highly recommend to everyone. You have a great balance of historic visitor attractions in a semi rural setting, coupled with the hustle and bustle of a modern city centre. Great fun!