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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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One of the best home tours!

This tour was amazing! We arrived at about 1:10 for the 1:30 guided tour. The visitors booklet they give you is very detailed but if you can make a guided tour at 11 or 1:30 do... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
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Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This tour was amazing! We arrived at about 1:10 for the 1:30 guided tour. The visitors booklet they give you is very detailed but if you can make a guided tour at 11 or 1:30 do it. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and genuinely nice. She engages both kids and adults while talking. This is so worth your time... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

good way to spend a day if you have nothing else to do. Historically interesting as an example of how foolish some people can be. Nice gardens.

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florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The tour of this houses was very interesting as was the story of its owner. Most of the structure is in intact and some of the furniture is original The grounds were also very nice.there was a wedding in the gardens that day

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Urbandale, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The Salisbury House is a treasured trip into the past for the South of Grand area. The building is awesome to walk through and the art and book collections are worth the trip too. Many programs are offered for all ages and the special events are usually dynamic.

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Harvard, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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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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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Additional Information about Salisbury House

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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