Old Sarum

Old Sarum, Salisbury: Hours, Address, Old Sarum Reviews: 4/5

Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
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LightAleCavalier
Lancashire717 contributions
Ancient structure from prehistoric to Norman
Jun 2021
We last visited this site forty years ago and I'm pleased to say it has changed very little. The views from the walls are amazing. The old cathedral layout is now well marked out and can be seen from above - very good.
The staff were helpful and informative. An excellent re-visit.
Written 23 July 2021
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Thorntons23
Cambridge, UK54 contributions
You can see why they chose this location in the 12th century!
Jul 2021
We walked here from the centre of Salisbury, along the River Avon pathway and on up the hill on a boiling hot morning as temperatures climbed towards 30 degrees. As we arrived we could see just why the Normans chose this spot to lord it over the locals back in the day. The scale of the ramparts fair takes your breath away (although, to be fair, after that climb we didn’t have much left). Beautifully maintained by English Heritage, the site and the sights were delights to behold. (Warning, advance booking required but well worth it).
Written 22 July 2021
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Lark2713
Stroud, UK94 contributions
Informative & interesting
Jul 2021
We were lucky to visit here on a gorgeous sunny day with clear views which stretched far & wide. Some very interesting history and the guide who greeted us was very informative and had a lot of knowledge. There is a car parking charge for non-members, luckily for us the machines took card! Easy to book online.
Written 21 July 2021
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Andrew S
London, UK418 contributions
One to tick off the list
Jul 2021
I always feel a bit mean suggesting such an ancient site still displaying a clear indication of its former grandeur should be "average" but I cannot pretend to have been riveted. A site to be seen and ticked off the list. A pleasant place for a stroll though.
Written 6 July 2021
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Odysseus20
UK58 contributions
Slightly underwhelming
Jun 2021
This is a site of great historical significance, although these days, it mainly amounts to expanses of grass, stones and vague outlines of a few buildings. You have to use a lot of imagination to picture what was there.

The welcoming person was friendly and very chatty. Guidebooks were on sale and there is a route to follow, but I think it would have been improved by an audio guide. Signposting for walkers from Salisbury is pretty useless. Toilets are housed in a basic portakabin. So, although it was only £5.90 to get in I think it could have made more of itself.

Website we had to pre-book, although it turns out quite a few people just turned and were admitted.

Good view of Salisbury and surrounding area.
Written 3 July 2021
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Ynotruby
Chatham, UK233 contributions
Pleasant walk from Salisbury
Jun 2021 • Couples
Walked from Salisbury, along the river then up to the ruins. A pleasant walk but quite steep in places. Was quite quiet when we visited and I think most people drove as there is some parking available.
Written 27 June 2021
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TeganThomas
Hampshire, UK162 contributions
Interesting Ruin with a Fascinating Place in History
Jun 2021
Old Sarum is well signposted, and the parking at the time of our visit was more than adequate.
We had to prebook due to Covid but visitors arriving after us seemed to be able to “book” as they arrived which was good. The staff were most welcoming and the young man at the inner gate was very knowledgeable and gave us brief history lesson as well as advice on how to make the most of out visit. There were very few visitors when we were there which was great for us but not so good for English Heritage who manage the site. This is not a well preserved ruin having been plundered for it materials after it was abandoned, nonetheless we spent a good hour and a half walking the site, reading the information boards and taking in the outstanding views over the surrounding countryside. We also visited the ruins of the original cathedral which are alongside the castle and took a walk around the perimeter of the outer defensive mound. The site is dog friendly which is lovely and it was a pleasure to see people enjoying the area with their various canine companions. Below the main mound, the land is largely left to meadow and there is superabundance of bumble bees, butterflies and other insects which is wonderful to see. Entry is cheap and there were refreshments available although we did not partake so I can’t comment on those. For us Old Sarum was a couple hours very well spent and I shall certainly take my overseas friends to Old Sarum when I take them to Salisbury.
Written 24 June 2021
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Bailey T
Nottingham, UK59 contributions
Small but informative castle ruins surrounded by a nice outer walk
Jun 2021 • Couples
Requires prebooking due to COVID but we booked about 10 minutes prior and there was plenty of space.

The ruins are split in two with the castle itself requiring payment whilst the old cathedral foundations and surrounding area can be accessed for free (or £3 parking only).

The castle was relatively small but we did spend a good 45 minutes looking around and reading the information boards although some areas didn't have any information when it felt like there would be something. There are also picnic tables if wanted. The castle is dog friendly on the lead whilst the outer areas are dog friendly off lead as long as they are under control. Dog water was available from a bowl in the castle and poo bins were located in the lower area.

The lower area and cathedral are a nice walk and have a short mown path or a longer loop around the top of the moat further out.

The car park is currently undergoing some works so the pay and display machine is a bit hidden. The works are to improve the toilets which are currently replaced by a portable toilet building.
Written 11 June 2021
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Richard R
Prudhoe, UK499 contributions
Really interesting and impressive
Jun 2021 • Friends
I lived 10 miles away from here a few years ago and never visited! There may only be ruins remaining but the fortifications were very impressive!
The site is owned by English Heritage but 90% is accessible without payment and onsite parking charges are reasonable.
During covid the paid-for area is by pre booking only.
It's worth a visit even if just for a walk around the ruins of for a picnic.
Written 6 June 2021
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Nai75
Havant, UK68 contributions
Beautiful site well worth a visit
Apr 2021 • Family
We went on a beautiful sunny day. Sky divers parachuting out over head. Lovely way to spend a few hours. Well worth a visit, especially as dogs are welcome. Staff were friendly and helpful. Cold and hot drinks available on site. Online booking is required at the moment.
Written 31 May 2021
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