Salisbury is one of the great historic English cathedral cities. The presence of a cathedral's spire was for hundreds of years a traditional English sign of city status and, despite only being home to around 40,000 people, Salisbury cathedral has the tallest spire in the country. The current city, first called the 'City of New Sarum', is eight hundred years old but a few miles are the remains of the Old Sarum, which makes a great trip out of town for any expats living in Salisbury with an interest in history (and perhaps a bike). As well as the cathedral, the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum is a great place for expatriates in Salisbury to get a feel of the city's culture and long history. However, it is by walking through the old streets, having a pint in a local pub and trying to work out why all the shops seem to close at five o'clock in the evening that expats living in Salisbury will really get to know the city.
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Salisbury is excellently located in the 'beautiful south' of England, less than thirty miles from famous international destinations like Bournemouth, Winchester and Stonehenge. It is served by frequent train services to major cities and transport hubs including London, Portsmouth and Bristol and expats moving to Salisbury by plane will find London Heathrow, Gatwick, Bristol International and Southampton Airport to be good travel options. The city is quite an affluent one, with a lively international community despite its small population, and InterNations members can get in touch with other expatriates in Salisbury on or before arrival using the discussion groups, forums and private communications on our website. There is plenty of scope for organizing meet-ups and getting useful tips on the city, although as an expat moving to Salisbury, you'll quickly realize that this small, easily navigable city has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and shouldn't be difficult to settle into.
In preparation for life as an expatriate, it's well worth having a look at the InterNations website. Members can leaf through the online Expat Magazine for useful information on all the major expatriation topics – we have great articles and advice on expat finance and insurance, living abroad, repatriation and plenty more. Newly-arrived expatriates working in Salisbury may also find reading online articles from other InterNations members useful. Working life in the city is calm and the local economy is one largely based on retail, tourism and the health sector. While small and easy to get around, expats in Salisbury should find plenty global minds there. With a blend of local English culture, a high quality of living and a global mindset, life as an expatriate working in Salisbury should be vibrant and rewarding.