Old Sarum - English Heritage

Old Sarum - English Heritage
Castle Road
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP1 3SD
England

Website

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/old-sarum/

Telephone

01722 335398

Fax

01722 416037

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
An aerial view of Old Sarum Castle

The great earthwork of Old Sarum stands near Salisbury on the edge of Wiltshire's chalk plains. Its mighty ramparts were raised in about 500 BC by Iron Age peoples, and later occupied by the Romans, the Saxons and, most importantly, the Normans.

Today, the remains of the prehistoric fortress and of the Norman palace, castle and cathedral evoke memories of thousands of years of history, which are interpreted by graphic panels throughout the site.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Castle or defences, Archaeological site

Opening hours

1 July - 31 August 2014
Monday 9:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 9:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 9:00 - 18:00
Thursday 9:00 - 18:00
Friday 9:00 - 18:00
Saturday 9:00 - 18:00
Sunday 9:00 - 18:00

1 September - 30 September 2014
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

1 October 2014 - 29 March 2015
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Christmas Eve
24 Dec 2014 Closed
Christmas Day
25 Dec 2014 Closed
Boxing Day
26 Dec 2014 Closed
New Year’s Eve
31 Dec 2014 Closed
New Year's Day
1 Jan 2015 Closed

Admission charges

Adult £4.00
Child (5-15 years) £2.40
Concession £3.60

Discounts

  • English Heritage
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Siege!

  • 3 — 4 May 2015 11am-5pm

Old Sarum is under siege! Experience a 12th century siege as it springs to life in the castle grounds and witness the forces prepare for battle. With living history encampments, tales of clashes from days gone by, fun and games activities for young time travellers and an awe-inspiring showdown – this will be a great way for the whole family to discover Old Sarum’s bloodthirsty past.

Admission

Adult £6.50 Child £3.90 Concession £5.90 Family £16.90. Purchase your tickets today using our online system below or by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0370 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm). Tickets will also be available to purchase at the event site on the day.

Viking Raiders and Invaders

  • 24 — 25 May 2015 11am-5pm

The Vikings are coming! Man the ramparts and brace for attack, a pack of pillaging Vikings are on the attack. Step back to the 9th century and witness the marauding raiders that would have faced the Anglo Saxons. With encampments in Old Sarum’s grounds, mounted Viking raiders and fun and games for the whole family this is a great chance to see England’s most notorious invaders brought to life.

Admission

Adult £6.50 Child £3.90 Concession £5.90 Family £16.90. Purchase your tickets today using our online system below or by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0370 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm). Tickets will also be available to purchase at the event site on the day.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Invaders and Settlers at Old Sarum Discovery Visit

Join this interactive tour to find out how and why people from pre-history to the middle ages have invaded and settled at Old Sarum. Use role play, artefact investigation and time-line activities to discover the changes that have taken place over time.
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Key Stage: 2, 3, History, Literacy

How to obtain

Call 0117 975 0720 to book a 1½ hour session each weekday during term time. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19481 for more information.

Old Sarum Castle Teacher's Kit (English Heritage)

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/upload/pdf/Old_Sarum_TK.pdf

A downloadable photocopiable teaching resource sheet for use in the classroom. The teacher's kit is essential for pre-, during and post-site visit work and includes: site history, site plans & tour, documentary sources, activities, photos & reconstruction artwork, details of how to visit and supporting resources information.

Creator

  • English Heritage Education

How to obtain

Please click on the link to download.

Viking Invaders Discovery Visit

How did the Anglo-Saxons defend their settlement at Old Sarum from the Vikings? Through role-play, enactment, costume and object handling, and the telling of heroic sagas from the time, Rattlebox Theatre will help you experience and understand these momentous events.
“Maybe William the Conqueror stood where I did!” (KS2 pupil from Avondale School, visiting in June 2008)
Duration: 2 hours
Key Stage: 2, 3, History, Drama

How to obtain

Call 0117 975 0720 to book a 2 hour session from June 29–July 3 2009. Price £75 per group. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19481 for more information.

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