Old Sarum

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  • 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!

Throughout the year we have a fantastic programme of family events including Knights & Princesses, Archaeology weekend, Legionnaires & Gladiators School, Romans Invade and many more. Please note that the entry price may vary on event days so please visit our event page for full details.

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

  • Easter Adventure Quest

    Fri 3 - Mon 6 Apr 2015

    Adventurers wanted this Easter weekend! You'll meet a Roman figure with stories of times gone by. This lively character will help you on your quest as you explore Old Sarum to win your chocolate reward. It's time to get hands-on with history.

  • Siege!

    Sun 3 & Mon 4 May 2015

    Old Sarum is under siege! Experience a medieval siege in the castle grounds and witness the forces prepare for battle. Expect living history encampments, fun and games for young time travellers and an awe-inspiring showdown the whole family will enjoy.

  • Viking Raiders and Invaders

    Sun 24 - Mon 25 May 2015

    The Vikings are coming! Man the ramparts and brace for attack, a pack of pillaging Vikings are on the attack. See encampments and mounted Viking raiders, and enjoy fun and games for the whole family.

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Prices and opening times


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


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