Old Sarum

Old Sarum

In the midst of the Wiltshire plains, this 29-acre (12-hectare Iron Age settlement stands as a testament to England’s long history of invasion, defense, and development. Explore the foundations of Salisbury’s first cathedral, soak up views from the hilltop castle, and learn about the Roman, Norman, and Saxon influence on the English culture and countryside.

Castle Road, Salisbury, SP1 3SD

The basics

Old Sarum overlooks the town of Salisbury to the south and is often a stop on tours that tick off the region’s many historical landmarks; including Stonehenge, Woodhenge, and Avebury Henge. Day tours from London sometimes stop at Windsor Castle on the way, providing a comprehensive glimpse into English history. You’ll need around an hour to explore Old Sarum; take advantage of tours led by a licensed expert to learn more about its rich history. The site is also a stand-out landmark on hot air balloon flights.

Things to know before you go

  • There is no cafe available on-site, but there are plenty of nearby pubs and picnic spots.
  • An accessible bathroom and baby changing facility can be found next to the car park.
  • Several hiking and wildlife watching trails begin here.

How to get there

Parking is available for a small charge just outside the site entrance. The closest train station is in Salisbury, a 10-minute drive or 45-minute walk away from Old Sarum. Alternatively, the X4, X5 and #8 bus can be caught from Castle Street and take around 30 minutes.

When to get there

In the summer, croquet and giant Jenga are set up around the site, making it a great destination for wiling away warm days with the family. The site usually opens daily throughout the year, except on national holidays.

See More than Just Stonehenge

UNESCO-listed Stonehenge is among the most famous prehistoric landmarks in the world, but it’s certainly not the only ancient structure in the area. Other highlights include Woodhenge, a timber circle monument thought to be a Stonehenge contemporary; and Avebury Henge, home to the largest megalithic stone circle in the world.