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Old Sarum

  • Old Sarum
  • Old Sarum
  • Old Sarum
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Discover the story of the original Salisbury and take the family for a day out to Old Sarum, 2 miles north of where the city stands now. The mighty Iron Age hill fort was where the first cathedral once stood and the Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark.

Today, 5,000 years of history are told through graphic interpretation panels on site. Families, heritage lovers and walkers can enjoy a great value day out at Old Sarum- you could even bring a picnic and enjoy the fantastic views across the Wiltshire countryside. The gift shop has a delicious range of ice-creams and exclusive English Heritage gifts and produce. Wooden bows and arrows are also on sale to help the kids imagine what life was like all those years ago!

Don't Miss

  • The spectacular view from the ramparts at Old Sarum to the 'new' cathedral in the centre of Salisbury
  • Our interesting interpretation panels bringing 5,000 years of history to life
  • Old Sarum's literary connections- you can buy some of the famous books written about the site in our shop

Events At Old Sarum

  • Heroes and Villains

    Wed 06 & Thu 07 Aug 2014

    Could you be a fearsome outlaw? Your training starts here! Take up your bow and arrow, be amazed by the myths and legends surrounding our favourite rogues and plan your own ambush.

  • Knights and Princesses

    Wed 13 & Thu 14 Aug 2014

    Join our academy for budding knights and princesses, with hands-on medieval fun. Transform yourself into a courtly Lord or Lady with tips on everything from curtsies to combat.

  • Legionaries and Gladiators School

    Wed 20 & Thu 21 Aug 2014

    Join our centurion for some hands-on fun with Roman themed activities throughout the day, from fun fights and armour dress-up, to Roman drill! You can train to be the Roman enemy!

Shop and Publications


Prices and opening times


Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire - SP1 3SD (Directions)


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