Old Sarum

Old Sarum

Old Sarum spans more than 2,000 years of history from the Romans, Normans and Saxons all of which have left their mark on this impressive site.

Old Sarum is the site of the original settlement of Salisbury and offers panoramic views over the Wiltshire plains. Once the thriving town of Old Sarum, step back in time and stand in the footprint of Salisbury's original cathedral, conquer the royal castle which once stood high on the motte and discover an awe-inspiring Iron Age hill fort.

Old Sarum covers an area of approximately 29 acres of beautiful rare grass chalk-land.  There are many footpaths which criss-cross the site, with a favourite being around the outer ramparts of the site which offers walkers views of the Wiltshire countryside.  Following some scrub clearance, Old Sarum is now a great place to spot butterflies and kestrels, which are often seen hovering over the outer bailey.

The outer bailey of the site is a great place to fly a kite or play ball games (although please watch out for rabbit holes). The inner bailey has more pits and steep banks meaning only games provided by English Heritage can be played in this area. Old Sarum offers lots of wide open space for children to run around and explore.In the summer there is croquet on the lawn and giant jenga, which families are welcome to play with.

Old Sarum runs an exciting year-round events programme suitable for the whole family. Get hands-on with history throughout the Easter holiday, Summer and even Halloween!

Old Sarum is open all year round apart from Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. 


Prices as of 25th March 2016

Adult - £4.50, Concession - £4.00, Child - £2.70, Family - £11.70

Please note, event prices may apply on event days. Some events can be booked online to receive a 10% discount.


Near Salisbury. Follow brown tourism signs for Old Sarum. Or use SP1 3SD in your sat nav.


Old Sarum, Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3SD
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