School Visits

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

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

  • KS 1, 2 &3: Local history study
  • KS1: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality; identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different time periods
  • KS2: Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age; Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for England to Edward the Confessor; how several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality; study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066
  • 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
  • KS4: Current GCSE frameworks and study of the historic environment
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 for KS1-3. Each bag contains a character card, map, handling objects and activities for one of the following time periods:

  • Early: Iron Age to Vikings, 120BC-AD1003
  • Middle: Medieval, 1086-1260
  • Modern: Victorian to the 21st century, 1830-2008

We also have a selection of resources based on the Anglo-Saxon and Norman activity at Old Sarum - please see the 'Guide For Teachers Using Free Education Resources' below. 

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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; there is no undercover space for lunch or bag storage
  • Free coach parking available for up to two coaches on site (please contact site on 01722 335398); coach parking is also available in the lay-by on Castle Road  

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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A Guide For Teachers Using Free Education Resources at Old Sarum

A Guide For Teachers Using Free Education Resources at 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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Timeline: Old Sarum

Timeline: Old Sarum

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Glossary: Old Sarum

Glossary: Old Sarum

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Historical Sources: Old Sarum

Historical Sources: Old Sarum

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Opening times for Education:

  • All Year - Monday to Friday during term time

Learn With Us

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

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