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Old Sarum

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Address: Castle Rd, Salisbury SP1 3SD, England
Phone Number: 01722 335398
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Worth seeing!

The original settlement of the old city folk, it's wonderful to walk around this space and imagine what life was like before the new city was built in the valley below. The outer... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Telford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

just was not that interesting the stones it made off are ugly and there is not much to see, just glad i didnt have to pay as members of english heritage,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The original settlement of the old city folk, it's wonderful to walk around this space and imagine what life was like before the new city was built in the valley below. The outer circle is free and gives you great views over the new city and out toward to the countryside - gorgeous views of fields for miles. The foundations... More 

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Naomi M, Manager at Old Sarum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review, we definitely agree that we are worth seeing. We do use the overflow car park if we get busy but as you say it is also quite easy to hop on the bus for a visit. If you are interested in learning more about Old Sarum we have a series of events and tours... More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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287 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Whilst the ruins are interesting and worthwhile, it may become quite expensive if there is a family. There is, however, plenty of interest outside the ticketed area, with the outer area of the castle free to roam, and quite busy with local dog walkers. This area includes remains, albeit minor, of a cathedral.

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Naomi M, Manager at Old Sarum, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review. Old Sarum has a very long and consecutive history and the site is almost split into two historical parts. The outer bailey which is free to access is the iron age part of the castle. This I agree is avery fascinating part of the sites history as well as giving access to the cathedral... More 

Hastings, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The site looks amazing BUT it has a FREE CAR PARK, so beware it is a haven for local dog walkers - as it has super walks all around - shame as it prevented us (English Heritage members) from visiting the site - this was in Feb on a cold windy but bright day so i dread to think what... More 

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Naomi M, Manager at Old Sarum, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments about your recent visit. Old Sarum is a truly stunning spot and I am very sorry that you were unable to visit us fully. Following recent archaeological discoveries and an extension of opening hours we have had a large increase in visitors using the car park. Unfortunately in Febuary we were unable to use our... More 

Central Point, Oregon
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is everything you'd expect from an old ruin. You can walk pretty much anywhere you'd like, get the feel for how the place used to function. Good view of the surrounding area, punctuated by the sounds of the Royal Artillery at Larkhill. They sell a guide which we didn't buy, so this complaint is perhaps moot. There wasn't much... More 

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Naomi M, Manager at Old Sarum, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review. Im glad you enjoyed your visit and that it has got you interested in the site. At Old Sarum we have 2,500 years of history and although we have panels up around site it is impossible to communicate the full story. The guidebook is very good for telling the full story but I would... More 

Upton upon Severn, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We visited too late to go into the central section so I don't know how much it costs or what that is like but the surrounds themselves are well worth visiting. Free parking, free entry to the majority of the site, well maintained grounds with incredible views and better earthworks. Hugely impressive for anyone even vaguely interested in history or... More 

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Naomi M, Manager at Old Sarum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, I wholeheartedly agree with your comments. Im very glad that you enjoyed your visit and do not forget that the views and the site do change with the seasons so you may wish to come and visit us again soon. I would also recommend a visit to the inner bailey where you can learn more... More 

Calabasas, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

There is so much history in Old Sarum and this is a must see if you are in Salisbury to put all the history of the area in context.

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

site of the first Salisbury Cathedral - you can see ruins of what's left after most of the stone and flint was removed down to build the modern (13th century) cathedral. An impressive high piece of ground with wonderful rises and falls - great for a walk and views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Walked around the hill for about two hours and explored the ruins. Very nice spot on a sunny day. Very enjoyable and interesting.

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Enjoyed the visit with our guided group, but would probably not have bothered otherwise as there is not much to see anymore and there is a charge to go in and see the ruins. The shop was very small but well stocked.

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