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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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Quirky History, Fantastic House!

This was our second visit to the Salisbury House and we enjoyed it as much as the first time! If it is your first visit, be sure to take the guided tour to hear the unique... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Harvard, IL
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Harvard, IL
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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This was our second visit to the Salisbury House and we enjoyed it as much as the first time! If it is your first visit, be sure to take the guided tour to hear the unique history of the house. The Weeks family built their home based on the many European homes they'd visited. Much of the building material and... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We went to visit this house following a recommendation about the quality of the tours. We arrived and it was pretty quiet - don't be fooled by the closed big wooden front door, it opens! We were given a private tour by a very knowledgable volunteer, who seemed to know dates/ages/names of every item in the house. A really unusual... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 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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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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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 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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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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Address: 4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA
Phone Number: (515) 274-1777
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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