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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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  • The Old Sarum has History, and is well displayed by EH. Paths are well defined, but plenty of room for kids to run around, Toilets are available down at the Carpark, they are not flash but functional....  more »
  • We had driven past Old Sarum a couple of times and decided to stop off. I made the decision, in light of the weather conditions not to take my wife around in her wheelchair, we could have probably man...  more »
  • Only £2 to get in and a great way to kill an hour and learn some history. The staff here are so passionate about their history and made a fuss of the kids and we felt obliged to let the kids spend som...  more »
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  • Cool spot to visit on the outskirts of Salisbury. Site of an old fort and the Cathedral before it relocated to it's current location in the town. Great view over Salisbury and surrounding countryside. Definitely worth a stop. Be sure to walk around the fort to enjoy the scenery and see the Cathedral site.
  • Nice but was expecting a bit more. Not a lot left and preserved from the original place. You can imagine (based on the drawings) how this place could have looked like and it is a great place to walk but that’s it. Do not expect more.
  • Great piece of history. Interesting visit with very informative signs. Recommended as a fantastic follow up to the Stonehenge visit (comes free with the ticket) or even as a standalone nice outdoors walk.
  • A cool place to take a break from driving to walk around the ruins of a once important castle. There were a lot of happy dogs running around the perimeter with their owners and it made sense: the flat area is perfect for expending some energy.
  • Interesting in a vague sort of way. There's little left of the actual structure, only some broken foundations and a few walls. It was difficult to imagine what it used to look like and I found it hard to orient myself. On the other hand, there was an impressive sense of just how large the castle was and how they lived so many years ago. If you have some time it's worth a look but I think if it weren't included in the tour we took I'd give it a pass.
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