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The South Sights

Old Sarum

  • Castle Rd. Map It
  • Salisbury
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

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Massive earthwork ramparts on a bare sweep of Wiltshire countryside are all that remain of this impressive Iron Age hill fort, which was successively taken over by Romans, Saxons, and Normans (who built a castle and cathedral within the earthworks). The site was still fortified in Tudor times, though the population had mostly decamped in the 13th century to New Sarum, or Salisbury. You can clamber over the huge banks and take in the far-reaching views to Salisbury Cathedral. Family days on selected weekends give youngsters the chance to take part in a 12th-century "siege."

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Castle Rd., Salisbury, SP1 3SD, England

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Sight Details:

  • £4.20
  • Mar.– Sept., daily 10–6; Oct., daily 10–5; Nov.–Mar., daily 10–4


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