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Salisbury House

4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA
(515) 274-1777
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Ranked #9 of 45 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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Chesterfield, MO
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222 reviews 222 reviews
125 attraction reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The first challenge is actually finding the house. It is buried deep in a residential neighborhood, near the Des Moines Arts Center and I entered off Tonawanda Drive and Grand, it is much easier if you enter off 42nd Street. There is a wide driveway with parking, but it is on a steep slope, they have a small number of... More

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Mankato, Minnesota
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Nestled in a residential community, Salisbury House is a lovely home with great architecture, large collection of art/books/furniture, and interesting history. There are two tours available--personal walking tour ($8) and guided tour ($12). I would highly suggest the $12 tour so you can rooms that off limits in the walking tour. I went on a Saturday morning for the 11... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The house was made form 16th century oak, imported from England, so the woodwork is wonderful. The decor takes you over to houses in Europe; friends who have seem photos and have traveled abroad thought the main room was from Italy. They have a wonderful chamber concert series there, as well as a number of social events (Gatsby ball, etc.).... More

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Waterloo, Iowa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Wow, this mansion is fabulous! I have enjoyed the mansions in Newport and the Biltmore....and while those are much bigger and more elaborate, I loved seeing this similar slice of history in Des Moines. It is amazing to see how the architects designed the old (like an English castle) with the "new" (1920s "technology" when it was built). We did... More

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Panama City, Panama
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175 reviews 175 reviews
26 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We toured ourselves through the building as we had missed a guided tour by 20 minutes and didn't have the time to wait for the next. However, one of the guides, between tours, to the time to show us a few secrets and add to our knowledge of the home. It served to point out how much more we would... More

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London, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Never would we have thought this place was in the middle of Des Moines. Sister-in-law arranged a cultural afternoon for the Canadian/California relatives. A great experience. If you live near, take the time. You will see a typical country ENGLISH home, mansion,,,, lets face it....... but very well worth the trip. Excellent guide, very helpful and knowledgeable. After 30 yrs... More

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Denver, Colorado
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77 reviews 77 reviews
15 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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Winter Haven, Florida
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112 reviews 112 reviews
51 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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