If you're looking for somewhere for a peaceful walk, to enjoy a picnic, to let the kids play, or to undertake any sports, Salisbury has a wide variety of green spaces to choose from.
Queen Elizabeth Gardens
Opened in the 1960s and a mix of formal planting, open spaces and rivers, there is a large play park for kids, paddling and plenty of benches with river views, this is one of the most popular, and central, parks in Salisbury. Read more >>
To the south of the city, Churchill Gardens is a large open space by the river, with two play parks, a skate park, basketball court, parkour park, a green gym and walking trails with cathedral views. Read more >>
The oldest and most traditional park in Salisbury which dates back to 1887, this is a large park with plenty of places to walk, a kids play park, tennis courts, a football pitch and a pavilion. Read more >>
The Greencroft has an interesting history, having been the site of a Saxon battle, a burial pit for plague victims and an execution site. Now it has a good kids playground, sports pitch and open spaces for walking and picnicking.
Middle Street Meadow
A part of the original water meadows, Middle Street is a large space left for wildlife and pondlife. Paths are cut through the tall grass, and there is a football pitch on offer, but wildlife is the focus of this beautiful spot in Harnham.
Avon Valley Nature Reserve
A boardwalk by the River Avon leads through reed beds and meadows. There are several paths to follow, and you can walk to Old Sarum from this route too. It is popular with dog walkers and there is a nature trail for kids.
Ashley Road / Fisherton Recreation Ground
Next to each other and the Avon Valley Nature Reserve, this whole area is currently (2022) undergoing re-generation and is being developed as a 'River Park'. Best avoided until all of the work is completed!
Bourne Hill Gardens
Built on the remains of the city's walls, there is a large tree-filled area which leads onto what is known as The Secret Garden - beautiful gardens tended by volunteers behind the main council building.
Harnham Cricket Field
At the end of the Town Path, this huge open space has the river Nadder running on one side, and has some beautiful views of the cathedral. There is a cricket field and sports nets, as well as paddling at the Old Mill.
Castle Hill Country Park
A new park established in 2018 to the north of Salisbury, this park is the perfect place for dogs, with wide open spaces and a dog agility park. There are kids play areas and a bike track being built, but for now, its one for the dogs. Read more >>
A site of historical and scientific interest, the Slope leads to the chalk pits used in the construction of the cathedral. There are walks, wildlife and incredible views over the city. Read more >>
Our Salisbury City Guide is packed with information on places to visit, locally owned places to stay, eat and shop, day trips to take, walks in the area, off the beaten track places to explore and lots more.