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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. Old Sarum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Salisbury Edition.
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  • Not all that much to see but fairly interesting nevertheless and nice open views. Dogs enjoying themselves too. Expensive typical National Heritage.  more »
  • Enjoyed a walk along Avon from Market Square upto and around Old Sarum. Windy but interesting historical monument. Impressive views over the city, really enjoyed the walk.  more »
  • We loved our visit. While the castle and cathedral are truly ruins, the views and feel of the place are priceless.  more »
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  • Ancient history with an impressive view! Wonderful windswept couple of hours exploring this prehistoric Hill Fort with a ruined medieval castle atop. Fantastic 360 degree visa across Salisbury (including the cathedral) and the surrounding Wiltshire countryside. Great to see all the local farms, cattle, pigs, sheep and arable from this elevated position, while my son was fascinated with the numerous light aircraft and helicopters taking off from a nearby air field. The one point deduction is because many of the English Heritage information boards were so faded too be almost illegible, and I do like reading an information board!
  • We visited Old Sarum while we were visiting Stone Henge and Avebury and found this site very interesting. With great views over the Wiltshire plains you can see the town of Old Sarum. Much of the actual buildings main structures are now gone, however, small walls and foundations remain, along with some of the flint barrier walls. Well worth a visit if you are visiting Stone Henge as Old Sarum is only 8 miles away.
  • Nice tranquil setting would be great for a picnic on a hot day, adequate parking but can get a bit tight getting in or out as there is not quite enough space for two cars to pass if there is a queue. Not really much to do here but still worth a visit see if you can find the geode in the wall.
  • Amazing place. So full of history. There are regular events held here too, battle enactments and the like.
  • Another English Heritage Wonder! Nice place to walk around absorbing yourself in local History with all the ruins, as this is the original site of Salisbury Cathedral & includes remnants of a Castle, but not that much to do here, plus spoilt by an unbelievable amount of dog walkers too busy talking amongst themselves & ruining it for other people! Limited parking too, which must be a nightmare in busier times.