Salisbury has been named among the top 10 cities in the world to visit by travel guide Lonely Planet.
The Wiltshire city, with a population of around 41,000, featured seventh on the list of top cities beating Vienna and Toronto, while Washington DC was top.
According to Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015: “For too long travellers have considered Salisbury a short stop on the way to Stonehenge.
“But 2015 is set to be the year visitors linger in this quintessentially English city as Salisbury uncorks the champagne for the 800th anniversary of its greatest treasure, the Magna Carta.”
The guide goes on: “The lightning rod for the celebrations will be Salisbury Cathedral, the neck-straining medieval masterpiece whose Chapter House holds the Magna Carta.
“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.”
One of the judges Tom Hall said: “We included Salisbury because it deserves to be recognised as one of the UK’s most important destinations for travellers next year.
“Bursting with history, top class restaurants, atmospheric nightlife and a host of festivals planned for 2015, we believe Salisbury is a must-see for domestic and international travellers alike.”
The top 10 cities named in the list are: Washington DC, US; El Chalten, Argentina; Milan, Italy; Zermatt, Switzerland; Valletta, Malta; Plovdiv, Bulgaria; Vienna, Austria; Chennai, India and Toronto, Canada.