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Salisbury House

4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA 50312-2909
+1 515-274-1777
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English history in Iowa

Found this house on Tripadvisor while looking for ideas in Des Moines. Absolutely worth the visit... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2017
John G
Des Moines Gem

Before leaving for Des Moines a friend told me that I must visit Salisbury House, an architectural... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2017
San Francisco, California
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The King's House in Salisbury, England, was the inspiration for this Tudor mansion.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good40%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA 50312-2909
+1 515-274-1777
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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

Thank John G
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Before leaving for Des Moines a friend told me that I must visit Salisbury House, an architectural jewel that houses a unique and highly personal art collection. What the Frick Museum is to New York City Salisbury House is to Des Moines. I would have...More

Thank LDGM
Reviewed 19 August 2017

I would 100% recommend a tour if you're visiting this spot. The tour guide i had, Lowell was amazing. He knew so much about the history of the place and was very patient with questions.

Thank Jacquie P
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Very interesting to tour, read about the history of the home and family. Home is well kept. The lady welcoming us and selling the tickets was very friendly. You can self tour or have a tour guide for a little more. You get a booklet...More

Thank Margie B
Reviewed 26 July 2017

I was an out-of-state bride who got married at the Salisbury House and would never recommend someone visit or get married there. Our guests – and US, the bride and groom!! - were routinely chastised, rebuked and lectured during our wedding, enough so that it...More

1  Thank Allie R
Reviewed 20 July 2017

This was the mansion of a very wealthy cosmetics businessman. He wanted an old looking house, so he built it to look old. He also bought a house in England, disassembled some of it (fireplaces), moved it to Des Moines, and had it reassembled. The...More

1  Thank David M
Reviewed 9 July 2017

This is a fine example of the prosperous 1920's. Amazing medieval type construction right in the heart of Des Moines. We did the self guided tour, and saw most of the house.

1  Thank nancy j
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Check the times for a 90-minute guided tour. It's only a little bit more than the self-guided tour, but you get a ton of information to put the house in context. The rooms themselves don't have any plaques, etc. to give you the background so...More

1  Thank miznina
Reviewed 11 June 2017

This is well worth the small stipend you pay to visit most of this glorious location. 5 Ladies from another area loved this location, and would recommend this to anyone that visits Des Moines. Please consider this family friendly location at the top of your...More

Thank Jayne and Edwar... T
Reviewed 20 April 2017

A very interesting place. Loved it! Lots of rooms to view. Don't forget to view the outside too...Beautiful landscaping.

Thank travelplanner2010_10
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23 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.
Kim N
1 January 2015|
Response from savedade | Reviewed this property |
I believe they are closed on January 1. They will re-open on January 2 with their winter hours. Enjoy your time there! I believe the Christmas decoration may still be up wen you go. WINTER HOURS BEGIN JAN 2 Last admission... More