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Old Sarum
Old Sarum

Old Sarum

Castle Rd, Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, 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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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