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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 ¥8,245
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.

    Sarum College ¥12,303
    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.

      The Chapter House ¥15,099
      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 ¥8,836
        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.

          Sarumdipity ¥10,066
          Sarumdipity

          Sarumdipity

          Stratford Road, Stratford Sub Castle, Salisbury, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Salisbury, this apartment building is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Old Sarum and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Salisbury Cathedral. Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund and Mompesson House are also within 2 mi (3 km). Salisbury Station is 28 minutes by foot.

            Websters Bed & Breakfast ¥10,626
            Websters Bed & Breakfast

            Websters Bed & Breakfast

            11 Hartington Road, Salisbury, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Salisbury, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund and Salisbury Cathedral. Old Sarum is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away. Salisbury Station is 9 minutes by foot.

              Milford Hall Classic Hotel ¥7,829
              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.

                City Lodge Salisbury ¥6,241
                City Lodge Salisbury

                City Lodge Salisbury

                33 Milford Street, Salisbury, England
                   
                  3.5 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 (3.2 km) away. Salisbury Station is 13 minutes by foot.