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Salisbury student guide

Salisbury is a Cathedral City in Wiltshire, located in the South of England.

It is approximately 30 miles from Bournemouth and an hour and a half direct by train to London.

Known as the ‘city in the countryside’, Salisbury has a lively and modern centre, surrounded by a quintessentially English landscape.

Grab a bite

Whether you fancy a quick snack or some posh nosh, there’s plenty of places you can grab a bite to eat.

As well as the high street coffee chains such as Pret A Manger and Starbucks, Salisbury has a wide selection of independent cafes. To name a few you could try: Cupcake Heaven, Fisherton Mill Gallery Cafe and Beatons Tea Rooms.

For a tasty treat Salisbury has a range of dining options from well-known restaurant chains to local favourites such as Bill’s Salisbury, Leonardo’s Italian and Salisbury Seafood and Steak House. You’ll also find a wide selection Indian, Chinese and Thai cuisine in Bridge Street and Fisherton Street.

If you’re a fan of a good ol’ country pub, Salisbury has plenty to choose from. For a relaxing drink or a bite to eat, head to The Market Place and Old Chequers in the city centre where you will find many historic pubs such as The Cloisters, The King’s Head or the Ox Row Inn.

Transport Tips

Salisbury Reds is the local bus service that operates throughout Salisbury. A service runs every 10 mins from Salisbury Hospital to the City Centre, as well as other locations.

Trains from Salisbury take roughly an hour and a half direct to London Waterloo, and to Bournemouth, including a change at Southampton Central.

When you are not on placement you will have your lectures, seminars and skills sessions at the Lansdowne Campus in Bournemouth which is a short 10 minute walk from Bournemouth train station.

Things to do

Popular bars can be found on Bridge Street, Catherine Street and Milford Street. Salisbury’s main nightclub, The Chapel, can be found on Milford Street and the Odeon Cinema is nearby on New Canal.

As well as ample shopping in the City Centre, Salisbury hosts a number of different markets in the Market Place:

  1. The Charter Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays
  2. The Artisan Market on the first Sunday of every month
  3. Vintage and Foodie Markets on various Fridays from March to October.

There is also a Christmas Market held in Guildhall Square from late November.

Throughout the year Salisbury hosts a number of festivals including the International Arts Festival, Contemporary Craft and Heritage Festival and the Salisbury Food and Drink festival.

Salisbury Cathedral is a very popular local attraction, but you could also explore Salisbury museum, visit Salisbury playhouse, or relax in one of the City’s beautiful parks and gardens, Stonehenge is also only eight miles from the city.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Salisbury Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is based onsite and the hospital itself is just outside Salisbury. You will have access to the hospital’s onsite facilities, which include restaurants, a bank, a library and a Staff Club with a swimming pool.

You can find more information about accommodation at Salisbury Hospital here.