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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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A Castle in Iowa

The house was constructed with stone sent to the builder from around the world who also collecting rooms from European castles and homes being demolished. Once the home of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Dubuque, Iowa
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Dubuque, Iowa
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166 reviews 166 reviews
120 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The house was constructed with stone sent to the builder from around the world who also collecting rooms from European castles and homes being demolished. Once the home of the Iowa State Historical Society.

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Cancun
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Beautiful place to view. Great entertainers perform here. They have plays and individuals perform in their theater.

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Blue Grass, Iowa
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118 reviews 118 reviews
39 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Tudor, Gothic and Carolean style manor home built by cosmetic magnate Carl Weeks between 1923 and 1928. It was modeled after the 15th century "King's House" in Salisbury England. Many of the paintings, furniture and fixtures are from the Weeks collection assembled over many years. Well worth seeing.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We visited the Salisbury house in December and it was all decorated for the holidays. It was beautiful! it was a fun stop and we did a self guided tour - took about 1 hour. In that hour I accumulated some beautiful pictures!

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Seattle, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I visited the house this weekend. I'm not sure what the deal was but for $20, I was granted admission to several other historic houses in town, even though the others are not as much popular as the Salisbury house. The house is living proof of fine taste backed by almost unlimited wealth. Built in 1923 by cosmetic magnate Carl... More 

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IA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Growing up in Iowa, we trekked across the state on a school excursion eons ago to visit Salisbury House. That memory stuck(along with the tour of the A& E dairy,lol).When I returned to Iowa, I renewed my acquaintance at the recently relinquished ISEA headquarters and enjoyed watching the growth and restoration by the Salisbury House Foundation patrons. Besides great tours... More 

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Chesterfield, MO
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227 reviews 227 reviews
126 attraction reviews
272 helpful votes 272 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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196 reviews 196 reviews
123 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 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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marrsamuse
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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