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Old Sarum, Salisbury

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#2 of 10 in Historic Sites in Salisbury
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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  • August 21, 2017
    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 »
  • August 21, 2017
    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 »
  • August 20, 2017
    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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  • +JMJ Totally fascinated by the opportunity to tread upon the ruins of an ancient castle and to walk around expansive, beautiful and pastoral grounds. In reading some of the other reviews, I don't remember the availability of facilities (thanks to all for this information) because I was so in awe of my surroundings and maximized my time with my tour guide British friends by exploring every nook and cranny of places visited. Old Sarum's atmosphere was that of peace, tranquility and very scenic landscape. I am sure if we had had the time, we could have enjoyed a leisurely picnic. It was so very beautiful!
  • An interesting trip to a once important stronghold from the past. Now a ruin dismantled and demolished many years ago old Sarum would have once been a grand residence for the royal family. The views of the surrounding area are lovely. A fun visit but only for 2-3 hours not somewhere to spend a whole day. There is parking provided and toilet facilities by the car park. They have a small shop on site where souvenirs and snacks can be bought.
  • Amazing place to rest between Stonehenge and Salisbury... You can take some good pictures... You can see the cathedral from here! Pay attention in everywhere, you will find many details in the ruins... You Must Go... The ticket that you buy in the bus att Salisbury allow you to get there with any other cost.
  • Old town fortified ruin on heritage site. Good views. Worth a look. Close to Stonehenge.
  • Very interesting. Well worth the visit. Unusual loos.

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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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