Old Sarum - English Heritage

Old Sarum - English Heritage
Castle Road




01722 335398


01722 416037

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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 Apr-30 June 10am-5pm daily / 1 Jul-31 Aug 9am-6pm daily / 1-30 Sep 10am-5pm daily / 1 Oct-1 Nov 10am-4pm daily / 2 Nov-31 Jan 11am-3pm daily / 1- 28 Feb 11am-4pm daily / 1-31 Mar 10am-4pm daily / Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan

Admission charges



  • 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.

King Arthur: The Battle Of Legend

  • 24 — 25 August 2014 11am-5pm

Celebrate the greatest victory of one of the most legendary of British Heroes, Arthur of the Britons, in this spectacular show for all the family. Enjoy exciting arena shows and Living History displays from the period. Also explore our living history encampment and meet some of our costumed characters to learn more about life during a momentous period in history.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Purchase your tickets today by contacting the site directly or visiting in person.



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)


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.


  • 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.