This page is about the city in England. For the capital of Zimbabwe, see Harare. For the town in the United States, see Salisbury, Connecticut.
The River Avon running through the centre of Salisbury
Salisbury is a city in Wiltshire, South West England. It is the only city in Wiltshire and is its second largest settlement. Salisbury is close to many rivers. Salisbury Cathedral has a copy of the Magna Carta. To the north of Salisbury is an old settlement surrounded by mounds and ditches for protection. It is called Old Sarum. Today there are only a few ruined stone foundations. This was the original town that was first occupied about 5,000 years ago. Experts think it was built there because it was close to the River Avon for water and it was near major trackways across the country.
Salisbury has 45,000 people. Salisbury is about 15 kilometers (9.5 miles) from Stonehenge.