Salisbury styles itself ‘the city in the country’, but don’t let this mislead you. The Wiltshire capital’s city status comes not from size but Britain’s finest early Gothic cathedral. Were it not for this medieval marvel, Salisbury would just be the small, historic market town it appears to visitors, a place where river meadows reach into the centre. Even a wonky-beamed 13th century pub is a newcomer compared with Stonehenge, the prize of Neolithic Britain that lies eight miles north, complete with the timeless surrounding Wiltshire countryside. The accommodation in Salisbury matches the diminutive nature of the town, with most places places to stay on the cosy, smaller side, though that doesn't mean you will lack for comfort. For serious luxury in the depths of the countryside, try Howard's House, while in town spots like the White Hart Hotel are ideal for relaxing in a friendly atmosphere. For shorter trips, there is a very modern youth hostel, and a surprisingly wide selection of B&Bs. Self-catering accommodation is more difficult to come by but there are plenty of country cottages in the towns and villages around.