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Old Sarum

Castle Rd, Salisbury SP1 3SD, England
01722 335398
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Ranked #8 of 27 attractions in Salisbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Truro, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Like the history that was around and the information boards, very peaceful, nothing to dislike, can take your dog, spend as much time as you want there,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

The whole sight is very impressive, partly by its sheer scale and English Heritage’s information boards give a clear picture of what the settlement would have looked like 800 years ago, including both castle and cathedral. Very little remains now but the sense of a fortified town is very strong.

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Cricklade, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The scale of Old Sarum beggars belief. Wikipedia etc give a lot of information about the site and it is well worth a visit.

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Escondido, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is a place I wanted to see, although I didn't know as much about it as I thought. The fortress was built by William the Conqueror, and destroyed by Henry the VIII. It doesn't take long to see it all, and it's not far from Salisbury, so it's worth the drive.

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London
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Really enjoyed looking around Old Sarum. Thankfully the rain held off. Not too expensive to get in and enjoyed tasting the Mead on sale!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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105 reviews 105 reviews
29 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you are a history fan, this place exceeds expectations. The site of an Iron Age settlement, it later became an important early Roman settlement. William the Conqueror then built a castle and cathedral on the site, whose stone outlines can still be seen. Be sure to buy a tour book, wander, read, and enjoy the view.

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Boulder, Colorado
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23 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Took the bus to Stonehenge and got off at Old Sarum on the way back. Pleasant walk up the hill to see this space with stone wall foundations. Found it particularly interesting because we had read "Sarum" by Edward Rutherfurd.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

A very interesting place to visit if you like history and getting outdoors. There are loos and a shop but no tea room. Parking is easy. It is nice to get a proper guide book but the information boards are excellent. There is a lot to see and learn. If the weather is bad, save it for another day!

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Adelaide, Australia
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8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you have any interest in English history, this place goes way back, and with very little imagination you can imagine what it was like. Salisbury cathedral is clearly visible, and the reason it is where it is, is because of Old Sarum's history. It is only a lot of wall remains, but that is all it really needs. Would... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Visited on a beautiful sunny day in July. We took a picnic with us as there is no cafe or restaurant on site which is a shame because it would be ideal. The views are amazing and you can get lots of excellent photo's. The kids enjoyed exploring the grounds and learning lots. We brought a tour guide book and... More

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