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Living in one of the world's top cities

Salisbury has been one of the constants of my country life. In twenty years, it has both changed greatly and stayed very much the same. It has a comforting compactness, yet the feel of a bustling city, which has all you would want from modern shops with the delightful old-fashionedness of a property market and independent shops situated along charming back streets. Salisbury has, this week, been announced as one of the top cities to visit in the world by the guidebook Lonely Planet in its latest edition - Best in Travel 2015. A book which predicts the world’s hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the year ahead. It highlights the top 10 countries, cities and regions to visit in 2015. Placed seventh ahead of Toronto and Vienna, the city was selected as its "greatest treasure" the Magna Carta marks its 800th anniversary in 2015. The city, described as "quintessentially English", was the only UK entry in the top 10 list. Tom Hall, one of the judges, said it might appear a "surprising choice" but "we believe Salisbury is a must-see". According to the Best in Travel 2015 publication, travellers have "for too long" considered the city a "short stop on the way to Stonehenge". But with the eighth centenary of Magna Carta "igniting revelry across England" next year, Salisbury - as the holder of the "best-preserved original copy" - will be "leading the charge", it says. "It's hard to imagine a more inspiring time to visit Salisbury," the guide states. "The lightning rod for the celebrations will be Salisbury Cathedral, the neck-straining medieval masterpiece whose Chapter House holds the Magna Carta. "And the cathedral itself boasts a clutch of superlatives, with the tallest spire in Britain, the world's oldest working clock and Britain's largest cloister." Mr Hall, one of the contributors responsible for whittling the 40 possible world cities down to just 10, said the main selection criteria were the city being "topical", offering value for money and possessing the "X Factor". "We included Salisbury because it deserves to be recognised as one of the UK's most important destinations for travellers next year," he said. "Bursting with history, top-class restaurants, atmospheric nightlife and a host of festivals planned for 2015, we believe Salisbury is a must-see for travellers." Since leaving London, we go back for breaks, and do with our children, all those things that we were too busy to do when we lived there. Each year, when we stay in the capital, the noise and never-ending motion is all part of the fun. The river and green spaces around remind us of our country roots and we leave feeling revived and ready for rural life once more. Other great cities, such as New York are vibrant and exciting but ultimately exhausting, without the soothing effect of ancient buildings and plentiful parks. Salisbury is the perfect place to move to from London. It has the villagey feel of a London area (London has always been, in my mind, much more like a series of individual villages) and you can walk comfortably, whether to the station or going out for supper, the city's streets are level and logical with their medieval grid system. It has a wonderful selection of schools and its people are greatest treasure. Yet this friendly, green city is surrounded by beautiful countryside and within easy reach of the coast. Salisbury, though is so much more than just a perfect place to visit. What makes it attractive are the very reasons why it such a lovely city to live in. It has also, comparatively, never looked better value, with property prices almost a third cheaper than Winchester (on an average pound per sq. ft. basis) and a fraction of house prices in the capital. Trains to London Waterloo are ninety minutes and as someone who has had a lifelong love affair with the countryside, the valleys and villages around are some of the prettiest on our island. It is a wonderful city for families, dogs and everything from history to cycling and food to festivals. As readers pick up the Lonely Planet - Best in Travel 2015 and plan their trips to Salisbury, we look forward to helping more people make moving to one of our worlds great cities a reality. Matthew Hallett Winkworth Salisbury

Salisbury has been one of the constants of my country life. In twenty years, it has both changed greatly and stayed very much the same. It has a comforting compactness, yet the feel of a bustling city, which has all you would want from modern shops with the delightful old-fashionedness of a property market and independent shops situated along charming back streets.

Salisbury has, this week, been announced as one of the top cities to visit in the world by the guidebook Lonely Planet in its latest edition - Best in Travel 2015. A book which predicts the world’s hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the year ahead. It highlights the top 10 countries, cities and regions to visit in 2015. Placed seventh ahead of Toronto and Vienna, the city was selected as its "greatest treasure" the Magna Carta marks its 800th anniversary in 2015.

The city, described as "quintessentially English", was the only UK entry in the top 10 list. Tom Hall, one of the judges, said it might appear a "surprising choice" but "we believe Salisbury is a must-see". According to the Best in Travel 2015 publication, travellers have "for too long" considered the city a "short stop on the way to Stonehenge". But with the eighth centenary of Magna Carta "igniting revelry across England" next year, Salisbury - as the holder of the "best-preserved original copy" - will be "leading the charge", it says. "It's hard to imagine a more inspiring time to visit Salisbury," the guide states. "The lightning rod for the celebrations will be Salisbury Cathedral, the neck-straining medieval masterpiece whose Chapter House holds the Magna Carta. "And the cathedral itself boasts a clutch of superlatives, with the tallest spire in Britain, the world's oldest working clock and Britain's largest cloister."

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Mr Hall, one of the contributors responsible for whittling the 40 possible world cities down to just 10, said the main selection criteria were the city being "topical", offering value for money and possessing the "X Factor". "We included Salisbury because it deserves to be recognised as one of the UK's most important destinations for travellers next year," he said. "Bursting with history, top-class restaurants, atmospheric nightlife and a host of festivals planned for 2015, we believe Salisbury is a must-see for travellers."

Since leaving London, we go back for breaks, and do with our children, all those things that we were too busy to do when we lived there. Each year, when we stay in the capital, the noise and never-ending motion is all part of the fun. The river and green spaces around remind us of our country roots and we leave feeling revived and ready for rural life once more. Other great cities, such as New York are vibrant and exciting but ultimately exhausting, without the soothing effect of ancient buildings and plentiful parks.

Salisbury is the perfect place to move to from London. It has the villagey feel of a London area (London has always been, in my mind, much more like a series of individual villages) and you can walk comfortably, whether to the station or going out for supper, the city's streets are level and logical with their medieval grid system. It has a wonderful selection of schools and its people are greatest treasure. Yet this friendly, green city is surrounded by beautiful countryside and within easy reach of the coast.

Salisbury cloisters

Salisbury, though is so much more than just a perfect place to visit. What makes it attractive are the very reasons why it such a lovely city to live in. It has also, comparatively, never looked better value, with property prices almost a third cheaper than Winchester (on an average pound per sq. ft. basis) and a fraction of house prices in the capital. Trains to London Waterloo are ninety minutes and as someone who has had a lifelong love affair with the countryside, the valleys and villages around are some of the prettiest on our island. It is a wonderful city for families, dogs and everything from history to cycling and food to festivals.

As readers pick up the Lonely Planet - Best in Travel 2015 and plan their trips to Salisbury, we look forward to helping more people make moving to one of our worlds great cities a reality.

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Matthew Hallett Winkworth Salisbury



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