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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.

A river running through large open park with trees.

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 >>

The River Avon in Churchill Gardens

Churchill Gardens

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 >>

A path going through the green space of Victoria Park.

Victoria Park

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 >>

An aveue of trees to one side of Greencroft Park.

Greencroft Park

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.

TRees amongst long grass in Middle Street Meadow.

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.

A river running through  tree and wildlfower lined banks.

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.

Trees and autumn leaves on the ground at Ashley Road.

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!

A garden and pond in front of the Salisbury council building.

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.

 A large field with trees at the back.

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.

A boy sitting on a bench looking at Old Sarum

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 >>

Salisbury Cathedral from Harnham Slope

Harnham Slope

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 >>


Visiting Salisbury?

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.


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