Old Sarum


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 Teacher
Churchfield Church School

Curriculum Links

  • KS1 History: How people's lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • KS1-3 History: A local history study
  • KS1-3 Geography: Human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork
  • KS2 History: Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age;  Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor; study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS3 History: 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
  • KS3 Art and Design: The history of art, craft and architecture
  • KS4 History: OCR Specification B 2c. Introduction to history around us

Free self-led visits

Book a free self-led visit to Old Sarum to explore William the Conqueror's castle and stand in the footprint of Salisbury's original cathedral. Learn about the people who lived and worked at Old Sarum using our range of free resources, including our 'Hidden Now Heard' activity backpacks with character cards, maps, handling objects and activities to discover the following time periods:

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

Reserve our activity backpacks when you book your visit, and download the free resources below to help you plan and organise your day.

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Plan Your Visit

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip.

We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: Free coach parking available for up to two coaches, please contact the site on 01722 335398 to book. Parking is also available in the lay-by on Castle Road
    • TOILETS: Toilets, including an accessible toilet are situated next to the car park
    • SHOP: There is a gift shop selling souvenirs, we recommend you bring your class in small groups at a time
    • LUNCH: Picnic areas are available outdoors. Unfirtunately there is no undercover space for lunch or bag storage
    • EDUCATION ROOM: Education tents that hold up to 30 pupils are available on request in advance. Please note that staff may not be able to put these up in strong winds
  • How to book

    0370 333 0606


  • Education opening times

    • April to September: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
    • October to 3 November: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 17.00
    • 4 November to March: Monday to Sunday to 10.00 – 16.00

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