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Old Sarum, Salisbury

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Discover the story of the original Salisbury at Old Sarum, where Romans, Normans, and Saxons have all left their historical mark. The outdoor site contains evidence of human habitation as early as 3000 BC. Enjoy the views across the Wiltshire countryside while exploring 5,000 years of history through graphic interpretation panels. Get more out of your visit by printing out the Step Inside activity pack--which is full of games and activities--and completing it onsite. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Old Sarum by using our Salisbury itinerary planning app .
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  • Not enough info boards considering how much is left entry is steep and it doesn't take you long to go round. You can see the cathedral from the Old Sarum and that's free. This is an English heritage s...  more »
  • This is a lovely peaceful place on the outskirts of Salisbury and a quite place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The ruins are interesting but its a shame there isn't more left. Wel...  more »
  • We parked below the ruins and walked up to the remains of a castle that was impressive and atmospheric, but lacked enough signage to fully answer our questions. This is an easy stop on the way to Ston...  more »
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  • Quiet as end of the day which was nice. Lovely views of Salisbury. Would have liked the information boards at each ruin point to be updated as the writing was very faded. But otherwise lovely site-English heritage staff very informative.
  • Perched on a hill old Sarum is an English Heritage site. Fab views and the archaeology is interesting and the information boards bring this place to life. The entrance is not easy to negotiate by car but then you are driving into history. Well worth a visit and dog friendly. The loos are in the car park, basic but serviceable. Good walking shoes are essential. It's high up so there is a wind chill.
  • Really good place to go on holidays for tourists and people who live nearby. Many happy hours can be spent down here. This is very historically significant to Salisbury because the Old Cathedral, which was situated in Old Sarum, was taken down to build the new one
  • Its a good place to see if you are interested in its hystory.The castle is payed £5.30 adult. And the church is free. Nice panoramic view of the city. Is quite windy up there so tank-top is not recommended.
  • Old, and you can feel the weight of the years. Not nearly as crowded as nearby Stonehenge. Great views; wonderful for history nerds or dungeons and dragons enthusiasts (myself). Staff is GREAT.

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The center of the city offers accommodations in preserved historical buildings as well as modern hotels. less expensive lodging is scattered throughout the city, providing convenient locations at reduced costs. Consider a stay near Salisbury Cathedral for a peaceful and scenic visit.
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