School Visits

A mighty Iron Age hill fort where Salisbury's first cathedral once stood, Old Sarum is a unique location where people from prehistory to the Middle Ages have invaded and settled.

We had a great day, thanks very much. Staff were very friendly and well organised!

KS2 TeacherChurchfield Church School
Aerial view of Old Sarum
Schoolchildren with wooden shields

Curriculum Links

  • KS1: How people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • KS2: Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. How several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality, a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond. Also Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.
  • KS3: The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509, challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day, causes and events of the civil wars throughout Britain
  • KS4: OCR Specification B 2c. Introduction to history around us

Cross Curricular

  • KS1-3: Local History Study, Math, Science 
  • KS1-3: Geography, locational knowledge, human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork
  • KS3: Art and Design, the history ofart, craft and architecture
Two of the explorer backpacks available for school groups

free school visits

Find out about the people who lived and worked at Old Sarum using our on-site 'Hidden Now Heard' backpacks. These activity bags are for KS 1-3. Each bag contains a character card, map, handling objects and activities for the following time periods:

  • Early: Iron Age to Vikings, 120BC-1003AD
  • Middle: Medieval, 1086-1260
  • Modern: Victorian to the 21st century, 1830-2008

To find out more information and to book out our self-led backpacks with your free education visit, email the Education Booking Team.

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Children in medieval costume

Facilities for Learning Groups

  • Toilets
  • Gift shop on-site, we recommend you bring your class in small groups at a time
  • Picnic areas outdoors. We have no undercover space for lunch or bag storage.
  • Free coach parking available for up to two coaches – please contact site on 01722 335398
  • Parking is also available in the lay-by on Castle Road
  • Education tents that hold up to 30 pupils are available on request in advance. Please not that staff may not be able to put these up in strong winds.

teaching resources

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Old Sarum Hazard Information Sheet

Old Sarum Hazard Information Sheet

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Old Sarum Organiser Pack

Old Sarum Organiser Pack

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Timeline: Old Sarum

Timeline: Old Sarum

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Historical Sources: Old Sarum

Historical Sources: Old Sarum

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Glossary: Old Sarum

Glossary: Old Sarum

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Top 5 Activities: Old Sarum

Top 5 Activities: Old Sarum

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Activity Pack: Old Sarum

Activity Pack: Old Sarum

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A Guide for Teachers Using the Free Education Resources at Old Sarum

A Guide for Teachers Using the Free Education Resources at Old Sarum

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Opening times for Education:

Open all year with the exception of 24-25 December. Booking for learning groups is essential.

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Learn more about the history of Old Sarum to enhance your school visit experience.

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