Twinning and Sister Cities

Salisbury and the City Council are extremely proud to be twinned with Saintes in South West France and Xanten in Germany as well as having sister cities in North Carolina and Maryland USA.

All our twinned and sister cities are wonderful places to visit, offering a wide array of differing cultures and attractions, and you are guaranteed a very warm welcome if you mention you are visiting from Salisbury, England! Please use the links within our website to gather more information about these places or how to get more involved with the Twinning Association in Salisbury.


Salisbury has been formally twinned with Saintes in south-west France since 1990. There have been countless visits between the two communities since then, all of which have helped to establish firm friendships and provide a basis for future contacts.saintes

With a wide variety of celebrations planned to mark the 21st anniversary of the official signing of the twinning document in Salisbury there are plenty of reasons for residents of South Wiltshire to become involved.

Twinning, or partnership, in both Salisbury and Saintes is viewed as a means of fostering cultural, sporting, educational and commercial links between both communities. Whether those links happen to focus on singing or on golf, on rugby or on painting, on cycling or on accountancy, there are always opportunities for developing shared interests and improving language skills. We also focus particularly on encouraging young people and so links have been set up between schools in both towns.

We all know that Salisbury is rich in interesting historical buildings that attract thousands of visitors every year, but fewer people know about the magnificent Roman arch in Saintes, its amazing amphitheatre and its proximity to La Rochelle. It is also on the ancient pilgrim route. Perhaps now is the time to visit, especially if you have children who are studying French.

Join the Salisbury Saintes Twinning Association and we are always happy to put you in touch with twinners in the Charente-Maritime who will be delighted to show you round and extend the hand of friendship. We also hold social events in Salisbury at which members can find out more about Saintes and about twinning activities.

Enquiries to 07867 556207 or see our website:

About the City of Saintes

Saintes is a commune in south-western France and is located on the banks of the Charente River, between La Rochelle and Bordeaux. The town is divided in several administrative areas (La Fenêtre, Recouvrance, Les Tourneurs, Les Boiffiers, Sain-Vivien, Saint-Pierre, Gare-Abbaye, Bellevue, La Récluse et S. De Bouard).

A commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. French communes have no exact equivalent in the United Kingdom, having a status somewhere in between that of English districts and civil parishes. A French commune can be a city of two million inhabitants as in Paris; a town of ten thousand people – or just a ten-person hamlet.


Xanten Twinning Association "Partnerschaftsverein Xanten e.V."

Salisbury has been twinned with Xanten since 2005 when a formal Twinning Agreement was signed by the Mayors of both cities at the Guildhall. This was followed a month later by a reciprocal ceremony in Xanten, and completed the 3-way link between Salisbury, Xanten & Saintes.

Since then a large number of civic, school and cultural exchanges have taken place.


The Salisbury Xanten Twinning Association (SXTA)

The Twinning Association exists to foster social, cultural, commercial, sporting, educational and civic relations between our two cities. It was established in 2006 and completed a 3 way link with the French town of Saintes.  Xanten lies on the west bank of the Rhine only 30km from the Dutch border, has a population of about 25,000 and has many similarities with Salisbury. It was an important Roman garrison and has a huge archaeological park covering 200 acres with a new museum and many partially restored buildings. The medieval walled town was built to the south, and after serious damage in 1945, has been very sympathetically rebuilt. It has the largest cathedral on the continent north of Cologne and many fine buildings, as well as first rate leisure facilities including a full range of water sports on 2 large lakes.

The SXTA organises regular coach trips to Xanten in the October half term of odd years. The Germans come here in June in even years. In addition there are many other visits by school parties, sports clubs and musical groups including Salisbury Area Young Musicians as well as many visits by families and individuals. The drive only takes about 5 hours from Calais. The Mayor of Xanten is always invited to Mayor Making and the Mayor of Salisbury usually pays a reciprocal visit.

Meetings of the SXTA are held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30 at The Pheasant Inn, Salt Lane when anyone is welcome. Please visit the website for more details. Further information about events and membership can be obtained from the Chairman Chris Hewitt on 01722 339578 or email the Secretary at

About the City of Xanten

Xanten is an historic town in the North Rhine-Westphalia state of Germany, located in the district of Wesel.

Xanten is known for the Archaeological Park or archaeological open air museum (one of the largest in the world), its medieval picturesque city centre with Xanten Cathedral and many museums, its large man-made lake for various water sport activities as well as a high standard of living. It is visited by approximately one million tourists each year. Big events include the Xantener Sommerfestspiele (a prestigious classical music festival lasting 2 weeks every summer), the annual Xantener Montmartre where artists from all over the world show their latest works as well as the annual German sandcastle-building championship.

Salisbury, North Carolina & Salisbury, Maryland USA - Our Sister Cities

Relations with Salisbury, Maryland, USA commenced in 1932 when Mayor Rambridge visited the USA. He was presented with a Silver Casket containing the key to the City of Salisbury of Maryland.

Relations with Salisbury, North Carolina, USA were celebrated in 1981 when the City was presented with a Bronze Bust.

The Sister City relationships between Salisbury and Salisbury North Carolina and Salisbury Maryland USA were celebrated with a formal event in 2001 when Salisbury's Mayor Councillor S Fear visited USA with a civic delegation.

About Salisbury, North Carolina USA

Salisbury is a city in Rowan County in North Carolina. In 1860 Salisbury was already 100 years old and boasted a population of 2,420, fifth largest in the state. Salisbury is the home to famed North Carolina soft drink, Cheerwine, and the regional supermarket Food Lion.

Salisbury is the site of the only Confederate Prison in North Carolina. The prison was established on November 2, 1861. There is also a large historic home district with many large mansions.

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About Salisbury, Maryland USA

Salisbury Maryland, founded in 1732 and incorporated in 1854, is the largest city on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the county seat of Wicomico County. Salisbury is located at the head of the Wicomico River, the navigable waterway that leads to the Chesapeake Bay.

It is a central spot on the lower Eastern Shore just a half hour west of Ocean City and two hours south of Baltimore in the heart of the Delmarva Peninsula.