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Salisbury House

4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA
(515) 274-1777
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Ranked #6 of 42 attractions in Des Moines
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums
Description: The King's House in Salisbury, England, was the inspiration for this Tudor mansion.
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English first
Denver, Colorado
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60 reviews 60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I love touring old homes like this. The house is a very pretty property and should be on your list of things to do in Des Moines - if you like this sort of thing. I give it 4 stars only because the person isn't famous.

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Chicago
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

My wife dragged me through the home reading every detail of the past owners, their family life and the advantages of being wealthy in the 20's and 30's. That was ok, but the style and construction of the English knock off house was not typical of a USA house. Very nice grounds, massive stone home were all impressive.

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Florida City, Florida
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89 reviews 89 reviews
42 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The exterior, including the garden, is a place to view. When we visited last Sunday, May 25, the flowers weren't all in bloom, but with the big buds, I can imagine how pretty they all will be. The interior is wonderful and well preserved. Pictures can be taken but without flash. You have an option to have self-tour or guided... More

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Eaton, Colorado, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

The effort and money it took to create this place is awesome! Lots of very interesting history! It took us about 2 hours total, and cost about $8 per person (self guided tour). We would recommend it to anyone who enjoys history, architecture, and antiques.

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Buckeye, Arizona
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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

I was totally blown away with this marvelous castle. I was fortunate to be able to take a tour and get some very good inside information about the castle and the family that built it.I attended a wedding and reception at Salisbury. What a magical place to have a wedding! Everything was just delightful. Don't miss!!!

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Des Moines
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

A great way to spend 1-2 hours in Des Moines. This attraction can appeal to people of all ages from children to the elderly. The house is ornate and gorgeous . . . and the outdoor space is beautiful as well. We did the self-guided tour, but if we go back, we'd pay the extra ($7 more I think) money... More

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United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This is a magnificent property to tour! A castle in the midwest. I can't think of a better building to tour besides the state capital. If you enjoy history, architecture, and beautiful gardens, then this is the place for you. I suggest the guided tour and a must see during Christmas. Simply wonderful.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Salisbury House is open for Christmas season tours and well worth the visit. It is a very historic house and provides a glimpse at how others lived in years gone by.

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MO
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

The Salisbury House was quite interesting and full of unusual items. We did the self-guided tour and it worked out very well. Don't forget to tour the gardens and check out the bathrooms.

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Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

We were traveling through Des Moines on a road trip and just wanted a fun place to stop, stretch our legs and sight see. This was perfect! We asked to do a self-guided tour (since the guided ones can get boring and take a long time) and they were very helpful and even gave us a "self-guided tour booklet" with... More

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