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Old Sarum

Climb to the top of this Iron Age hilltop monument and cross the wooden bridge to see a castle built by William the Conqueror.

Among the earliest settlements in the region, Old Sarum is a protective hilltop fort with evidence of humans dating back to around 3,000 B.C. The hilltop has an inner and outer moat-like ditch, an impressive feat that was created around 400 B.C. Later, the Normans built a castle and a cathedral on this historic land. After exploring the intriguing ramparts, hike with your family in the picturesque countryside.

Walk via a bridge over the deep former moat, now an empty trench, to reach the vestiges at the site’s core. From above, Old Sarum looks like alien crop circles. View the Royal Castle, which was built in 1070. It was the site of a famous ceremony by William the Conqueror during which he asserted his authority. Inspect the remains of the stone castle, now reduced to a series of steps and walls. It was once a majestic complex of towers and halls.

Stand in the former site of Salisbury’s first cathedral, built in 1092. Its outline is visible today. Many of its stones were used in the construction of a new cathedral in the city.

Explore the Wiltshire countryside on foot with your family. Share a picnic with friends on a hill overlooking the region’s lush green terrain. The Old Sarum complex incorporates 29 acres (12 hectares) of picturesque fields and woodland with footpaths. Spot kestrels and other birds decorating the skies.

Entrance to the site requires a small fee, with a discount for kids and families. It opens daily year-round from morning until late afternoon.

Old Sarum is 2 miles (3 kilometers) north of the center of Salisbury. The journey by car along the River Avon and past Victoria Park and Hudson’s Field takes 10 minutes. The site is 9 miles (14.5 kilometers) south of the historic site of Stonehenge. Use the available free parking.


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Best Western Red Lion Hotel ¥7,918
Best Western Red Lion Hotel

Best Western Red Lion Hotel

Milford Street, Salisbury, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Salisbury, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund and Salisbury Cathedral. Old Sarum is 2 mi (3.3 km) away. Salisbury Station is 12 minutes by foot.

    The Chapter House ¥9,646
    The Chapter House

    The Chapter House

    9-13 St John's Street, Salisbury, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Salisbury, this inn is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Salisbury Cathedral and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Old Sarum. Stonehenge is 10.2 mi (16.3 km) away. Salisbury Station is 15 minutes by foot.

      Mercure White Hart Salisbury ¥8,423
      Mercure White Hart Salisbury

      Mercure White Hart Salisbury

      St John Street, Salisbury, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Salisbury, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral Close and Salisbury Cathedral. Old Sarum is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away. Salisbury Station is 15 minutes by foot.

        Sarum College ¥11,114
        Sarum College

        Sarum College

        19 The Close, Salisbury, England
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Salisbury, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral Close and Salisbury Cathedral. Old Sarum is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away. Salisbury Station is 14 minutes by foot.

          Milford Hall Classic Hotel ¥9,447
          Milford Hall Classic Hotel

          Milford Hall Classic Hotel

          206 Castle Street, Salisbury, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Salisbury, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund and Salisbury Cathedral. Old Sarum is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away. Salisbury Station is 13 minutes by foot.

            Caboose ¥7,660
            Caboose

            Caboose

            115 S Western Rd, Salisbury, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Salisbury, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Mompesson House, Salisbury Cathedral, and Salisbury Museum. Old Sarum and Boscombe Down Aviation Collection are also within 3 mi (5 km). Salisbury Station is only a 2-minute walk.

              Legacy Rose and Crown Hotel ¥6,166
              Legacy Rose and Crown Hotel

              Legacy Rose and Crown Hotel

              Harnham Road, Salisbury, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Salisbury, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral Close and Salisbury Cathedral. Old Sarum is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) away. Salisbury Station is 23 minutes by foot.

                Peartree Serviced Apartments ¥9,447
                Peartree Serviced Apartments

                Peartree Serviced Apartments

                17-19 Mill Road, Salisbury, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Salisbury, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund and Salisbury Cathedral. Old Sarum is 2 mi (3.2 km) away. Salisbury Station is only a 2-minute walk.