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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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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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One of America's Castles!

This home is a historical jewel. During early december, it is part of the Holly & Ivy Tour. You can move from room to room and learn about the family that used to live here... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This home is a historical jewel. During early december, it is part of the Holly & Ivy Tour. You can move from room to room and learn about the family that used to live here. They decorate it beautifully for the holidays!

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

This mansion was built in the 1920's and was later used an office building, but more recently has been restored for viewing. There are still some areas that show it was converted to an office building, but a good portion of the house has been nicely restored closer to its original state. It's a massive house, almost like a castle,... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

What a beautiful mansion! This is very unexpected in the middle of Des Moines, and worth seeing more than once. It was built in the 1920's with actual parts of buildings from England. There is a great room by the main doors that has structures from the time of Shakespeare. There are beautiful bedrooms, a grand library, and tapestries to... More 

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Thank MelissaIowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Norm Hills, one of the docents, gave us an excellent tour of this Tudor style mansion. It was the first time I had gotten into some of the rooms, such as the library, entertainment space, and bedrooms. We learned so much information about the Weeks family that built this home. The furnishings are authentic. It was well worth the afternoon... More 

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Edgerton, Wisconsin, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

Salisbury House and Gardens in Des Moines, Iowa is a Tudor/Gothic style manor home that resembles an American castles. It consists of 42 rooms and measures just over 22,000 square feet. It was built by cosmetic magnate Carl Weeks and his wife, Edith Van Slyke Weeks, between 1923 and 1928. The whole property covers 9.4-acres. Salisbury House is on the... More 

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Harrisonville, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Beautiful home. Not really worth the extra $ to pay for the guided tour. There are enough informational signs around to do a self guided tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I went there today and the house was so big and beautiful. The tour was nice and our tour guide was very nice I would tell my friends and family to do this tour.

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Wyoming, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I would highly suggest this attraction in the guided tour mode only. Depending on your tour guide I found the family history much more intriguing.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Saw the signs for this on the way to the museum and decided to stop in. If you want to see a medieval mini castle in the middle of Iowa then i guess this is a place for you. The original owners had everything brought in from Europe in the 1920s with the specific purpose of having it look like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

We recently visited during the Jazz afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The tour of the mansion was nice, and particularly when the docents offered additional information on the original owners and architectural highlights. We had invited guests to join us for the afternoon, and we all appreciated the ambience, but would have appreciated receiving additional information from the docents volunteering... More 

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