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October 21, 2014

Salisbury in Lonely Planet ‘top 10 world cities’ list – city holds Magna Carta

BBC News – 21 October 2014

Salisbury has been named as one of the best cities in the world to visit next year by travel guide Lonely Planet.

The Wiltshire city, described as “quintessentially English”, was the only UK entry in the top 10 list.

Placed seventh ahead of Toronto and Vienna, the city was selected as its “greatest treasure” the Magna Carta marks its 800th anniversary in 2015.

Tom Hall, one of the judges, said it might appear a “surprising choice” but “we believe Salisbury is a must-see”.

According to the Best in Travel 2015 publication, travellers have “for too long” considered the city a “short stop on the way to Stonehenge”.

But with the eighth centenary of Magna Carta “igniting revelry across England” next year, Salisbury – as the holder of the “best-preserved original copy” – will be “leading the charge”, it says.

Salisbury holds the “best-preserved original copy” of the Magna Carta, whose 800th anniversary will be marked in 2015.

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