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Shopping Areas in Salisbury
Member Name: bestbunnygirl
Shopping Areas in Salisbury
Advantages: Good mixture of shops housed in traditional buildings
Disadvantages: Not as many shops as some people might like
When most people have lived somewhere all there life they tend grow bored of the place!
Well I'm proud to say that I am very happy to live in Salisbury and the shopping here is great.
There are a good variety of shops, including large chain stores and many independant stores. There aren't as many shops as there are in some near by towns such as Southampton or Bournemouth but alot of the shops in Salisbury are in traditonal beamed buildings which just adds a little something to your average shopping trip!
Shopping areas in Salisbury (I won't put the full list of shops for each area, as I don't want to take up the whole review with shop names! I'll just mention a few that stand out and places of interest)
- The Old George Mall -
This is the main shopping mall in Salisbury. There are approximately 50 shops including Marks and Spencers and BHS. There are a good variety of shops in the Old George Mall - mostly chain shops. This is the best place to go if you are looking for clothing shops such as River Island and New Look, Jewellery - H Samuels and Accesorize and Mobile phone shops - O2 and Vodafone.
Recently opened just before Christmas was Candy Land. An independant shop FULL of pick and mix! Yum! Not sure how long this will be around as the independant shops never seem to last long in the O-G Mall. Might be high rent prices?
Coming out of the Old George Mall towards the WH Smiths and turning left towards the Cathedral there are some lovely little shops and a chocolate shop which is a must visit!
For a full list of shops visit - http://www.oldgeorgemall.co.uk/shopping.php
- Cross Keys -
This is a smaller covered mall. There are only a handfull of shops here. TK Max almost takes up half of this mall! There are a few nice independant shops here though. If you are a designer fan there is Richmond classics that specialise in designer clothes such as Juicy Couture and Diesel. There is also the Cross Keys Book shop which has all the new releases but alot of books on the History of Wiltshire and the surrounding areas. If you are visiting from abroad and need a Bureau De Change there is one located here with very good exchange rates.
- The Market Square -
If you exit the Cross Keys walking past the Cross Keys Restaurant on your right (great for afternoon tea) you will come out facing the market square. The main thing you will probably see is the Guildhall which is where the old law courts are housed. They often have craft fayres here which cost between 20p and 50p for entry! There is a market every Tuesday and Saturday with a variety of different stalls. Clothes, books, fruit and veg, make-up... all sorts! I would reccomend a visit to the donut van - get the cinnamon sugar coated (I wonder why I feel the need to mention food in all my reviews!). If you are visiting around December time there is a late night Christmas Market every Thursday night (staying open until 9pm - as are all the shops).
Just across the road from the market square is Debenhams and a few other shops such as the Entertainer and Zoo Jewellery.
- Winchester Steet -
If you exit the Cross Keys through the other exit you will end up on Winchester Street. Here you'll find McDonalds and a few charity shops. If you turn right and walk a little further down the street you will find a few independant stores that have nice little knick knacks. There are vintage stores down here which are great for a little rummage to see what you can find!
- Fish Row -
Fish Row is the little road just behind the Market Square. This is a lovely cobbled pedestrian street with some independant shops mixed with shops like Hawkins Bazar and White Stuff. Walking down this street you will head towards larger shops such as Boots and Animal.
- The Maltings -
Walking from the Market Square through to the Maltings you will pass Lakeland plastic and Strada (yum). If you need a supermarket you will find Sainsbury in the Maltings (there is also a Tesco metro by the market square). There is also a party shop here and a shop called SNIP - this is disount shop with everything you can imagine under onw roof all at very reasonable prices. There is also a very reasonable beauty store here called Beauty One who offer nail extensions, spray tan, massage etc!
Whilst you're around the maltings area why not take a little time to feed the ducks! The River Avon runs through Salisbury and you will always see ducks and swans floating along outside the shops here!
- Fisherton Mill -
Walking away from the Mailtings area you will end up on Fisherton Street. Fisherton Mill is a little difficult to spot if you didn't know it was there but keep looking up and you will see the flag attached to the building! This is an old converted grain mill and it is now an art gallery. There is a lovely little cafe here and they have a shop where local artists have there items on sale. Some of the stuff is pretty pricey but if you're looking for that unique gift or picture this is the place to go!
- Wilton Shopping Village -
The Wilton Shopping Village is about a 5 minute drive out of the centre of Salisbury. It has a large Edinburgh Wool Mill and a few other little interesting shops and is worth a visit if you are on the way out of Salisbury.
The Wilton Shopping Village is the home of the Wilton Carpet factory and they do tours of the factory and they sell the famous carpet here!
In summary Salisbury is a lovely place to shop because of the eclectic mix of shops combined with the beautiful buildings. There are many restaurants and cafes to have a break from all the shopping and usually a few buskers around for a bit of entertainment! Everywhere is very easy to walk to and make sure you take a look at all the architecture above the shop fronts as most of the buildings are still in there original form!
If you are planning a visit to Salisbury and want any more information on any of the areas I've mentioned just drop me a line and I'd be happy to help out!
Summary: A great little shopping area, where every turn brings a whole new set of different shops!