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

  • Romans Invade!

    Sun 04 and Early May Bank Holiday Mon 05 May 2014

    Witness the might of the Roman Army as it invades Old Sarum Castle! Tremble in the face of the formidable Ermine Street Guard and their fearsome siege machines. Budding young Centurions can hone their skills in a series of drills and games.

  • Knights Tournament

    Sun 25 & Spring Bank Holiday Mon 26 May 2014

    It is the 15th century and pride is at stake. It’s every man for himself in the ultimate skill-at-arms tournament. With bow, sword and club, four of the best knights duel before the crowds – but only one will emerge victorious.

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


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