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“Some of the best parts are free!”
Review of Old Sarum

Old Sarum
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Small-Group Day Trip to Salisbury, Stonehenge and Avebury from London
Ranked #4 of 74 things to do in Salisbury
Certificate of Excellence
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Some of the best parts are free!”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

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.

Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“The First Salisbury”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

The site of the old normal castle and possibly iron age hillfort. Enormous embankment, stand on the top and watch buzzard wheeling below.

Visited December 2013
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“Visit this when at Salisbury”
Reviewed December 21, 2013

This place was the so we visited this before the "new" cathedral.We found it very interesting, with good information concerning the ruins.The staff in the shop/entrance were very friendly. Not to be missed.

Visited December 2013
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Salisbury, England, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
55 attraction reviews
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Reviewed December 17, 2013

There was very little to see. I know that it wasn't that expensive to get in but basically there was nothing to see.

Visited July 2013
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Colorado Springs
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“Great views”
Reviewed December 12, 2013

The ruins are interesting, but the main reason to go there is for the view. You can understand why the Romans and later rulers of the area chose this site. It is an English Heritage site and as such is free to members, has a small gift shop where you can purchase snacks and in the winter sample Mead which is also available for purchase.

Visited December 2013
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