*Old Sarum remains open. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. If you are a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance.
Visitor number limits will be in place, along with other new steps to ensure everyone’s safety, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation.*
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 marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Old Sarum played a key part in early medieval history and become a base for William the Conqueror. In 1086, William held an important ceremony here, where the most powerful men of England took an oath of loyalty to him.
This year Old Sarum will be celebrating its Norman history with two Norman themed family events!
An original copy of the document was sent to Old Sarum Cathedral in 1215, and can still be seen in its successor, Salisbury Cathedral.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult Gift Aid||£4.70|
|Adult non Gift Aid||£4.50 per ticket|
|Child Gift Aid||£2.80|
|Child non Gift Aid||£2.70 per ticket|
|Concession Gift Aid||£4.20|
|Concession non Gift Aid||£4.00 per ticket|
|Family Gift Aid||£12.20|
|Family non Gift Aid||£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.
|2016/2021 (1 Nov 2020 - 31 Mar 2021)|
|2021 (25 Mar 2021 - 30 Sept 2021)|
|2021 (1 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)|
* Closed 24-26 December and 1 January.Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
- Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Induction loop in shop.
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- Picnic Site
- Dogs Accepted
- Open All Year
- Printed Material in Foreign Languages
- Approx length of visit - 01:15
- In countryside
- Max group size - 150
- Outdoor Attraction
Parking & Transport
- Coach Parking
- On site parking
- Blue Badge Guides admitted free
- Delta accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Min group size - 11
- Solo accepted
- Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
- TIC Staff Admitted Free
- Visa accepted
- Family Fun
- Marketed towards families
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Groups Accepted
Map & 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).
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2020
- Very Good643
- MICHAEL CPlymouth, United Kingdomgreat views from a historical hillSunday, 11th October 2020As the castle and original cathedral was built on a hill there are great views of the city and the new cathedral. As much of the castle and cathedral has been destroyed there are no rooms etc to... Read full review
- W2005WVclaragTrip Type:CouplesVery interestingMonday, 26th October 2020This is a beautiful place to visit! Very impressive with the height! It is such a shame that the remainings are all in ruines but great job from the staff to explaining us how it was! Would... Read full review
- Neil HEpsom, United KingdomInteresting but not extensiveTuesday, 17th November 2020It was great exercise to walk up to Old Sarum from Salisbury town. You have to book before entering the castle which we hadn't done but I did purchase tickets sitting outside the entrance on my... Read full review
- Visit Britain We're Good to Go 2020