Old Sarum

Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3SD
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Discover the story of the original Salisbury and take the family for an action-packed day out at Old Sarum.

Stand in the footprint of Salisbury's first cathedral, conquer the ruins of the royal castle, and discover the awe-inspiring landscape where it all began. One of the South’s most significant historic sites – William the Conqueror once hosted a great gathering at Old Sarum. Soak up the atmosphere as you explore a city lost to time.

There’s over 2,000 years of history to discover, as well as unrivalled views across the Wiltshire countryside. A favourite among walkers, the ramparts are the perfect place to let off some steam. Young adventurers can play hide and seek in the grounds, or enjoy a picnic in the heart of a once bustling medieval castle. Wooden bows and arrows are on sale to help the kids travel back in time, and the gift shop has a delicious range of ice creams and gifts to enjoy.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - Adult£6.50
Child - Child£3.90 per ticket
Concession - Concession£5.90
Family 2 Adults - Family£16.90
Family, 1 adult - Family£10.40

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


  • 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

* Please check website for latest opening hours.

Closed 24-25 December



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