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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 tour guides (English Heritage volunteers) were very helpful and informative. They worked hard to help and accommodate everyone. 
    The tour guides (English Heritage volunteers) were very helpful and informative. They worked hard to help and accommodate everyone.  more »
  • Huge castle mound, easy to spend hours walking around the ramparts. Fantastic views of the surrounding area. Easy to find with additional parking 5 minutes walk away by the rugby club. The size of... 
    Huge castle mound, easy to spend hours walking around the ramparts. Fantastic views of the surrounding area. Easy to find with additional parking 5 minutes walk away by the rugby club. The size of...  more »
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  • Great historical place, kids love it here. We visited during Easter and there was a King wandering round giving out 'gold' coins to kids that solved the Easter clues. Lots of fun. Very good at engaging and communicating the history. Can be quite windy as it's exposed so wrap up warm.
  • Old Sarum is an incredible place. This is a spectacular hill top fort with thousands of years of history. Amazingly, the hill was hand-sculpted into it's current shape with an outrageously large dry moat and embankment around a giant flat space on the top of the hill. Inside the fort, there is an interesting tour giving you some idea of the amazing history stretching from the Iron Age to Roman to Dark Ages then Medieval times. It's fascintating and one of my all time favourite English Heritage locations. The fort is HUGE so there is a lot of space for children to run around and tire themselves out Come here on a clear day for amazing views in all directions. This is definitely worth visiting. Old Sarum is quite close to Stonehenge and you can cover many other amazing sites in a day of touring around here.

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