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Salisbury House

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A Beautiful place to spend time

For my birthday my wife thought it would be a ‘great idea’ to get me out of my comfort zone and she... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2018
Des Moines, Iowa
Historical gem in a beautiful city

My wife and I visited the Salisbury house many years after my first visit as a young elementary... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2018
Wayne W
Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
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The King's House in Salisbury, England, was the inspiration for this Tudor mansion.
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4025 Tonawanda Dr, Des Moines, IA 50312-2909
+1 515-274-1777
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Reviewed 4 September 2018

We took the guided tour of this home built by Carl and Edith Weeks in the 1920’s. The home is an interesting mix of Tudor, Gothic, and Carolean architectural styles, while the family’s collection of art and furnishings is very eclectic in nature as well....More

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Reviewed 31 August 2018

For my birthday my wife thought it would be a ‘great idea’ to get me out of my comfort zone and she took me to the Murder Mystery dinner at the Salisbury House. If you knew me, spending my birthday acting my part in front...More

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Reviewed 20 August 2018

My wife and I visited the Salisbury house many years after my first visit as a young elementary student. That house had a profound impact on my young mind and I never forgot it. The house itself is a beautiful labor of love from a...More

Thank Wayne W
Reviewed 28 July 2018

Was here with a tour group for a reception. Lovely building, amazing collection of furniture and artifacts, and the interior design is stunning. Still has it's original patina, too!

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Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

My son has his sights set on becoming an architect so we visit many historical homes. The Salisbury House is beautiful. Not only the architecture but the art and collections contained in the home are awe inspiring. The library was by far my favorite. Our...More

Thank Julie U
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Just visit on my USA trip as I was staying near it cost $24 for 3 on a self tour took 20 mins from one side to the other the main entrance is nice the bedrooms have a bed and the dinning room has a...More

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Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

Recently, my husband and I and my son and his wife visited this house. The mansion was built by Carl Weeks and his wife Edith. They had a budget of only $150,000 but ended up spending $3 million total on the house and furnishings. Mr....More

1  Thank nvineyard
Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

We toured the Salisbury mansion w/ our kids. Beautiful pieces & history to look at, but careful not to touch anything!

1  Thank Abbie H
Reviewed 5 February 2018

For a short time during the holidays, the Salisbury House is completely open to the public. Each room is decorated for the holidays. We were welcomed at the door facing Tonawanda at the main entry and had a chance to see the ballroom, the library...More

1  Thank IowaMum
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Found this house on Tripadvisor while looking for ideas in Des Moines. Absolutely worth the visit. The house is well maintained and the guide had a lot of interesting information and stories about the property and the items inside. The house is built in three...More

2  Thank John G
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Angela R
21 May 2018|
Response from IowaMum | Reviewed this property |
No, we paid for our tour at the holidays and I believe there is a charge for the tours during the week at regular times, also. You could check their website or call. They give tours a few week day mornings during the week.
Rebecka S
24 June 2016|
Response from jjordan370 |
We visited on a weekday for 1:30 tour and bought tickets at the door. Total of nine on tour with a very enthusiastic and knowledgable tour guide.