Old Sarum

Things To See and Do

Welcome to Old Sarum

We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. Click here to book your visit.

Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Iron Age Hill Fort - The Iron Age Hill Fort is open for you to enjoy while keeping to social distancing rules.
  • Old Sarum grounds - Our 29 acres of grassland are open for you to enjoy while keeping to social distancing rules. 
  • Shop – The shop will be open from 4 July offering a range of gifts and souvenirs. There will be a one-way system in place and we encourage contactless payment. You can also visit our online shop.
  • Toilets - Our toilets are open as usual. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available across the site.
  • Car park - Visitors will require a booking to park in the car park so we can maintain social distancing. 
  • Face coverings - From 24 July you need to remember to bring and wear a face covering if you want to buy anything from the gift shop and we recommend wearing them in all other indoor spaces. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please do come prepared so you don’t miss out. 
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The Iron Age Hillfort

Rising up from the Salisbury plains, the Iron Age Hillfort of Old Sarum is hard to miss. The impressive ramparts consist of two earth banks separated by a ditch.

First created around 400BC, they were later heightened in either the late Iron Age or early Roman period. Read about the history of Old Sarum.

The Royal Castle

Cross Old Sarum's wooden bridge and step into the heart of a once bustling medieval castle. Built around 1070 by William the Conqueror, it was here in 1086 that William gathered all the powerful men of England for a ceremony to assert his royal authority.

Building the castle in the middle of the old earthworks transformed the site. It created an inner set of fortifications which became home to a complex of towers, halls and apartments, and a huge bailey.

Salisbury's First Cathedral

Stand in the footprint of Salisbury's original cathedral in the outer bailey of Old Sarum. The first cathedral was a modest building damaged by a violent thunderstorm just five days after its consecration in 1092. It was later massively extended by Bishop Roger.

In 1220 foundations were laid for a new cathedral in Salisbury (New Sarum) and Bishop Roger's cathedral was demolished. Many of its stones were re-used in the construction of the new building. The outline of both the original and extended cathedrals can be seen today.

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