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Salisbury House

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Address: 4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA
Phone Number: (515) 274-1777
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Description: The King's House in Salisbury, England, was the inspiration for this Tudor...
The King's House in Salisbury, England, was the inspiration for this Tudor mansion.
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Book a tour to see an eccentric and ostentacious bit of history!

This "castle" was built in the jazz age by a couple with more money than sense. They traveled abroad and bought up pieces of historic buildings and then assembled them to make a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This "castle" was built in the jazz age by a couple with more money than sense. They traveled abroad and bought up pieces of historic buildings and then assembled them to make a daring and gorgeous mansion. Great fundraising parties (Gatsby, Classic Cars), Shakespeare, tea, jazz, and weddings...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

If you like historic homes, you will enjoy this house. I took the self-guided tour. Well worth the visit. Eclectic art, loaded with curiosities acquired by a family that was temporarily overburdened with much too much money in the 1920s.

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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We arrived at 11:00 in the morning during the week and thought the house was closed but we were soon welcomed and taken on a guided tour. It was meant to be a group tour but there was no one else there and so the two of us enjoyed a 'private' tour. Extremely interesting to anyone who has an interest... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

This majestic old home is a relic of the 1920's golden era. It is enormous. Each room is breathtaking in its own way, with details, carvings, and built-ins everywhere. The artwork is wonderful as well. The gardens could be more amazing, and although in decent shape, paled in comparison to the home. Overall, it was a fun little stop. If... More 

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RHODE ISLAND
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388 reviews 388 reviews
94 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

very beautiful grounds and building but could not go inside as they were having a wedding going on. check before you go as they are closed some days and have events on others. It seems so very nice we are sorry we could not see inside.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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484 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Built by the Weeks family, many famous people have stayed here. Such as Louis Armstrong. Parts of the home came from an Abbey in Salisbury. The original roof tiles were from Lord Admiral Nelson's home (of which I have one when Salisbury House was re-roofed). Much of the wood came from old English homes. There is quite an eclectic collection... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This is a fascinating house built to look much older. The tour is interesting and takes in most of the house, and visitors are also free to roam the house and grounds following the tour. Highly recommended, and allow several hours!

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

If have time to take a guided tour it is well worth the time. Mr. Weeks was quite involved in the Masonic lodges of DSM, and some of the mysteries of Masonry are incorporated into the architecture of the buildings. The family was also quite supportive of local artisans. They were also known to host head lining artist performing in... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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193 reviews 193 reviews
127 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The house was constructed with stone sent to the builder from around the world who also collecting rooms from European castles and homes being demolished. Once the home of the Iowa State Historical Society.

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Cancun
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Beautiful place to view. Great entertainers perform here. They have plays and individuals perform in their theater.

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