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Surrounding the Cathedral is The Close, containing many architecturally important ecclesiastical buildings.

The award winning Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum in The Close houses numerous important exhibits including the Pitt Rivers Collection and the Stonehenge Gallery. Nearby and also in The Close is The Wardrobe, now a Military Museum and one of the oldest buildings in the city built in 1254.

The Close is also home to the Bishops Palace now a school, Mompesson House and The Medieval Hall, once the Great Hall of the Deanery, now a visual exhibition centre.

Away from The Close Salisbury has many more historic gems, most notably The Poultry Cross, the13th century Harnham Bridge, Joiners Hall and one Britainís oldest Inns The Haunch of Venison.

A few miles from Salisbury is the mind defying megalithic stone circle of Stonehenge standing at the edge of Salisbury Plain. Just 4 miles from the city is Wilton, the ancient capital of Wessex and home to the Earls of Pembroke for many generations. Their home, Wilton House is open to the public and contains an important collection of art; the Palladian Bridge is the centrepiece of the magnificent gardens. Wilton is also home to the Wilton Carpet Factory, one of the oldest in Europe. Open to the public the factory provides an interesting insight into ancient weaving methods.

The Wilton Shopping Village has a large range of factory outlet shops, whilst the town centre has numerous antique and other specialist shops. Salisbury Market, held every Tuesday and Saturday, is at the heart of the cityís retail area. The open air Maltings Shopping Centre on the banks of the River Avon is a relaxing place to browse around numerous shops purveying books, crafts, gifts and all types of clothing.

Food and drink plays an important part in Salisbury life, the city has several good delicatessens and specialist wine merchants. Dining out can be particularly rewarding with a number of highly rated restaurants specialising in a tantalising range of cuisines.

Good pubs, many of them old and full of character, can be found throughout the city along with a surprisingly vibrant collection of clubs and nightspots.

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