Old Sarum

Activity code: OSS

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  • Visit a historically important site in England
  • See a Norman castle and cathedral
  • Learn about the different people who settled here for over 5000 years
  • Enjoy breathtaking views over the Wiltshire plains


Wander through the remains of the lost city of Old Sarum, an enthralling and historically important site in southern England. Rising up from the Salisbury plains, the impressive hillfort here is difficult to miss. Established by the Iron Age people in around 400BC, and one of the largest in England, the hillfort was later settled by the Anglo-Saxons and Normans.

Explore the remains of the once magnificent Norman castle on the motte built by William the Conqueror, who summoned the richest landowners in England to pay him homage here in 1086. You’ll also see what’s left of the Norman cathedral in the north-west quarter of the hillfort, Eleanor of Aquitaine’s prison and learn about the Romans’ vast settlement and road network. 

Discover more about Salisbury, a new city founded when Old Sarum became overcrowded and unbearable, as you take in spectacular views over the Salisbury plains, admire the seasonal wildflowers and unearth over 2000 years of history. 

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Additional Information

What's Included

  • Entry tickets

What's Excluded

  • Food and drink
  • Transport to and from location
Please Note:
  • Last entry time is 1 hour prior to closing.
  • Tickets cannot be cancelled but may be amended 72 hours prior to entry.
  • This tour is disabled friendly. 

Location: Old Sarum, Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3SD

Tour times:
1st April to 30th October: 10:00am to 5:00pm
31st October to 31st March: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Tours will not run on the 24th & 25th December.