We stayed 5 nights in Salisbury and wish we had stayed longer - it's a delightful, historic, scenic small city with so much to offer, so we recommend staying a few days.
After careful research and reading scores of reviews, we selected to the Cathedral View B&B as our base; and were extremely pleased with our choice and experience. Steve and Wenda are warm, generous, genuine hosts who made us feel like long time family friends. They take pleasure in giving guests great suggestions for where to go, what to see, where to eat, and how to get to all of it! The rooms are very nice, comfortable, quiet, and private; and breakfast (included) is delicious and sustaining. There are plenty of scrumptious choices, including our favorites: the locally sourced sausage, Steve's home-made strawberry jam, and American pancakes. There is no elevator, although Steve was eager to carry our luggage up (and down) the stairs for us.
The Cathedral View is right across Exeter Street from the Salisbury Cathedral and the spacious, scenic grounds (the Close), including historic buildings and beautiful gardens. It is literally a walk across the street from the front door of the Cathedral View B&B into the Close; and the best walk into the town center is through the Close; where it is so scenic and peaceful that you may want to linger for hours. For us the highlights of Salisbury were the Cathedral and the Close, the Magna Carta (a must-see), the Salisbury Museum, Old Sarum, St. Thomas's Church, the beautiful riverside walks along the Avon, the Cathedral View B&B, Pat Shelley’s Stonehenge and Salisbury Tours (Superb!), and the friendly, pleasant, and helpful folk of Salisbury.