There is only an admission charge for the castle part of this site; you can walk freely around the moat and outer ramparts, as well as the ruins of the original Salisbury cathedral that was abandoned in the thirteenth century for the current site down the hill. The views across the city and the surrounding countryside are lovely, and the air bracing. Today we were lucky to see a man training his falcon. We decided for once to pay the modest entrance fee to go inside the ruins of the castle proper, from where the views are even better. There are interpretative boards showing how the buildings might have looked and explaining what order they were built in and who used them, and when they became disused; but you had to think quite hard about which bit you were looking at, exactly (as I have a degree in medieval studies, I thought I should not have felt quite as challenged!). Some plans and/or an indication on the picture of 'you are here' would have been helpful. To be fair, when we bought our tickets from the friendly staff, we were offered an inexpensive book that probably would have helped, but there is a limit to how many guide books one wants to accumulate. Overall, though, a very enjoyable visit.
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