In August 2013 we decided to go on a road-trip with our 15-month-old. We had never taken him on holiday before and I was too scared to go on a plane with him, so a UK staycation was the best option. Tyler was a routine baby, like a clock. He always had a lunch-time nap between 12pm – 2pm. So we decided we would drive 2-hour journeys during his naps to get to the different places. Our route was London – Salisbury – Dawlish – St.Ives – Penzance – Bude – Yeovil – London.
Each day we would check-in to where we were staying, set up the travel cot and then go exploring. In the evenings, after dinner we gave Tyler a bath in his inflatable travel bath and he would sleep at 8pm. We’d watch telly and update facebook 😉 In the morning Tyler would get up at 7.30am. We’d go down for breakfast in our PJs at 8am, Tyler would always have Rice Crispies and milk (we brought his beaker with us). Then we’d go back to our room, Tyler would have his half-hour nap from 9.30 – 10am and that is when we would shower and get dressed. Then we’d check out and have an early lunch somewhere before setting off on our next 2 hour journey. It really was an adventure!
Last week I wrote about Bude. This week I’ll tell you what we did in Salisbury:
1. NORTH GATE
After parking our car in a car park and checking in, we had a little explore of the High Street, aiming to find the famous Salisbury Cathedral. At the end of the High Street is the gate to the cathedral, called North Gate. It’s rather grand looking.
2. SALISBURY CATHEDRAL
We walked through the gate into this beautiful square that led onto Salisbury Cathedral. It is quite a breath-taking building, you really have to see it for yourself. It was quite busy with people all over the place and some groups sitting on the grass. Walking around the square we noticed lots of museums, although they were closed at the time (it was about 5pm). Still it was a really pictureque walk. This was the first time Tyler was walking around with his little doll’s pushchair (which he still does 2 years later!). It got a lot of ‘aws’ from the locals.
3. SALISBURY GUILDHALL
While we were walking around, I noticed this building and thought it looked quite historical and important. It turns out that it dates back to medieval times and today it is a venue for weddings and conferences.
4. THE CATHEDRAL HOTEL
We stayed at the Cathedral Hotel which is right in the centre of Salisbury, near all the shopping streets. It’s in an olde building, with the rooms on top of a pub. We were a bit confused at first, as check-in was in the pub! There is no parking in Salisbury, so the hotel recommended us to park in the long-stay car park which was a 5 minute walk away. The room was about £70 for the night and it was an alright size, we fitted our travel cot by the bed, and Tyler slept really well. It was a bit noisy at night, and there seemed to be quite a lot of nightlife and drunk people on the street below!
In the morning, breakfast was served in the pub, and they had a highchair for Tyler. It’s really big downstairs so it was nice to have all that space, and we all had cereal.
5. SALISBURY MARKETPLACE
After we checked out, we had lunch in Costa at Salisbury Marketplace. Tyler had started to like their pasta. It was actually our 3 year wedding anniversary that year, and amazingly in Costa they played the song I walked into the registry office with (Orchestra version of The Killers – When we were young). It was a real coincidence, and, no, Ganesh hadn’t planned it! We walked around outside where they were digging up the road as part of ‘Regenerating Salisbury’, which Tyler found fascinating.
6. Things we did not get time to do in Salisbury: Visit the museums and Stonehenge (although we took a picture of it from the outskirts on way back to London!) Next week’s Toddler Trips post will be about Dawlish in Devon.