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VICTORIA PARK, SALISBURY

The oldest and most traditional park in Salisbury, Victoria Park is in the north of the city and has a wide variety of activities on offer.

The football pitch at Victoria Park and a sweep of trees.

Opened in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Jubilee, the park was a result of the Public Parks Movement which swept Britain in the 1830s. £1550 was raised by public subscription to fund this open space for the residents, to give them a green space to stroll, exercise and get some fresh air.

In its prime it had several structures including a bandstand and an ornate drinking fountain, although only traces of these still remain.


In 1943, boxing legend Joe Louis fought in an exhibition match in a boxing ring constructed for the occasion in the park, and later on during World War II, Glen Miller played here to entertain the American troops stationned on Salisbury Plain before the D-Day landings.



The park now has a football pitch, basketball court, boules club, a kids play park and several tennis courts.