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Old Sarum

Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3SD
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Discover the story of the original Salisbury and take the family for a day out to Old Sarum, 2 miles north of where the city stands now. The mighty Iron Age hill fort was where the first cathedral once stood and the Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark.

Today, 5,000 years of history are told through graphic interpretation panels on site. Families, heritage lovers and walkers can enjoy a great value day out at Old Sarum- you could even bring a picnic and enjoy the fantastic views across the Wiltshire countryside. The gift shop has a delicious range of ice-creams and exclusive English Heritage gifts and produce. Wooden bows and arrows are also on sale to help the kids imagine what life was like all those years ago!

2016 is the English Heritage Year of the Normans as we mark 950 years since the Battle of Hastings! Having won the throne of England in 1066, William the Conqueror gathered his victorious army at Old Sarum in 1070 to pay them off after his relentless campaign to subdue northern England. Soon afterwards, he built the castle and cathedral within the vast Iron Age hillfort. Some fine examples of early Norman work survive, excavated during the 20th century, but much of the site of a deserted Norman city remains to be investigated.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Gift Aid - Adult£4.70
Adult non Gift Aid - Adult£4.20 per ticket
Child Gift Aid - Child£2.80
Child non Gift Aid - Child£2.50 per ticket
Concession Gift Aid - Concession£4.20
Concession non Gift Aid - Concession£3.80 per ticket
Family Gift Aid - Family£12.20
Family non Gift Aid - Family£11.70

Please add the following copy into the Note section - The Gift Aid admission price includes a voluntary donation of 10%. Provided you have paid enough UK Income or Capital Gains Tax * (to cover all of your Gift Aid donations in this tax year), English Heritage is able to reclaim tax on the whole amount you have paid - that's 25p on every £1. This extra money enables us to undertake vital conservation and education projects and ensure that many of England's most important historic sites can continue to be enjoyed by future generations.
* Other taxes such as Council Tax and VAT do not apply.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A345. Two miles north of Salisbury off A345.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest rail station is Salisbury, 2 miles away. Wilts and Dorset bus routes 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (200 yards)

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Induction loop in shop.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • Picnic area

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Open all year
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Shop
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 01:15
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 150
  • Min group size - 11
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted
  • Visa Debit accepted

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Opening Times

2021 (25 Mar 2021 - 30 Sept 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00*
2021 (1 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
2016/2022 (1 Nov 2021 - 31 Mar 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00*

* Closed 24-26 December and 1 January.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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