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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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  • We visited on a wet and windy day and unfortunately the visibility was poor so we could not appreciate the views. the site could be improved for visitors - charges high as there is not only an... 
    We visited on a wet and windy day and unfortunately the visibility was poor so we could not appreciate the views. the site could be improved for visitors - charges high as there is not only an...  more »
  • It felt important to visit this site to see where Salisbury started. You can see the remains of the castle and the outline of the cathedral. Not a huge amount to see but it has atmosphere. 
    It felt important to visit this site to see where Salisbury started. You can see the remains of the castle and the outline of the cathedral. Not a huge amount to see but it has atmosphere.  more »
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  • Nice peaceful place, friendly staff, no wait, not too busy. Kind of place you can go to clear your head with amazing views of Salisbury. Nice place for little evening walks and meditation. Mostly open to the public at any time (the green area outside the castle ruins), if you will like to cross the wooden bridge to see the castle ruins, you will have to go during their opening times at a fee. Free if you have English heritage pass as it an English heritage site. Noticed there was parking fee the last time I visited during opening hours, free outside opening hours.
  • An astonishing find steeped in history going back thousands of years, with various people using the site for different things. The enthusiasm of the English Heritage lady there was infectious, and made it even more enjoyable. The views of the surrounding countryside and over Salisbury are incredible, and I'm glad we decided to drop in to see what was there. Thoroughly recommend a visit to see history and great views.

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