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Old Sarum

Castle Rd, Salisbury SP1 3SD, England
01722 335398
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Ranked #8 of 28 Attractions in Salisbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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San Antonio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

An easy drive from Salisbury. The whole experience is outside. It might help to know some of its history before you go though the staff is very helpful. This is where Henry 2 exiled his queen Eleanor. You can even sit on some steps she may walked upon to enter her quarters and walk around the foundations of the first... More

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Droitwich, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Fantastic site with a wealth of history. The awesome views over the surrounding countryside and Cathedral in the distance. Will definitely return again.

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

A lovely castle situation with fantastic views of the surrounding area including the nearby airfield. the site was well presented and it has reasonable facilities and at a cost of £4 per head was very good. The toilet facilities are in the car park but this isn't clear on the signing. Worth a visit because you don't really see what's... More

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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Steeped in history and with Salisbury Cathedral in sight. We were lucky enough to see a bi-plane doing some stunts too while we were there. The only drawback is the sales pitch to join English Heritage but you get that in so many places now.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

5000 years of history! It is close to an airport so there are plenty of planes passing and I spotted sky divers.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It's not hard to see the rationale behind this site being an important fort for millennia, with an imposing position in the local countryside. The current site has a number of excavated foundations and walls from Norman times, as best I could tell excavated about a century ago, some mounds that might have other ruins beneath, a few walls and... More

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Heathfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

There is a charge to enter Old Sarum itself but if you just want to see the remains of the old cathedral you can park and that is free. Just a few remains and old walls but there is a lovely view of Salisbury cathedral from the top. English Heritage pass gets you in for free also.

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Barnstaple, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The last time I had been to Old Sarum was 1996 when my wife and I got married. The place was still has picturesque as ever but unfortunately English Heritage have taken over another site and charging for people to view our own heritage. Luckily you can still walk around the lower grounds but how long before they charge for... More

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australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

A really interesting site. You can really see how the different civilisations would have used the site. The Norman castle is easy to imagine from the ruins and information.

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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

A fascinating place to walk around and soak up the atmosphere. Very interesting to look at the site of the old cathedral before it moved up the road to Salisbury

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