Old Sarum

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 Teacher
Churchfield Church School

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 of art, craft and architecture

Free self-led visits

Find out about the people who lived and worked at Old Sarum using our range of free learning resources. Our 'Hidden Now Heard' activity backpacks contain character cards, maps, 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, download the resources below and book our self-led backpacks with the Education Booking Team.


Plan Your Visit

  • Facilities
    • 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.
'step into englands story