Inside the fortress, you reach the inner bailey with the remains of the old and new palaces respectively. There is not much left but it is all clearly labelled by English Heritage so you can read up on what you are looking at. As you cross the wooden bridge into the bailey, you need to pay an entrance fee at the English Heritage hut (where there is...more
It is amazing to think that the moat was actually started as early as in Neolithic times when people had only deer antlers to dig with. Even if it was improved by later people, those first tribes set the tone for the layout. The hill itself was also used and later improved in the design by William the Conqueror and must have been very hard to...more
Not much is left of old Sarum, but what is left there is worth a visit. The ruins of an once proud castle are still visible and you can walk around there everywhere. Explanatory plates will help you understand, what all the rooms were for.Outside of the fort, you will see the ruins of the cathedral. Here, you will those stones froming the outline...more
This is an English Heritage site, which we did not visit except to look back at Salisbury plain.Old Sarum is approached via an opening in two high Iron Age banks, which obscure the site from outside. The banks were begun almost 5000 years ago.In 1070, William the Conqueror paid off his army here and, in 1085, demanded loyalty from his nobles. A...more
This place teems with people out taking their dogs for walks. The lower part of the site is free, and Brits have a very keen sense of public access, so you see lots more people out walking their dogs in rural areas rather than along the streets like at home in the States, or at least my part of the States. But, I never saw much of the residue...more
Buses from Salisbury city centre are fairly frequent throughout the day and stop just below the hill so you will have to walk up it but this can be done through a field sometimes full of sheep rather than the detour along the main road. You can also go by bus from Amesbury and even Marlborough but then you pass Old Sarum just before the stop instead.
The top of the ramparts is not where you want to spot your young child. It is otherwise a great place to walk along for views of the surroundings and also back into the inner bailey.
Medieval tournament is a great event. People are placed on the hill and show is in front of you. Tournament is a series of battles with blunted weapons and object is the same as in real combat, to vanquish your opponent. It is not just a show but also way to learn how some weapon was used in the past and you can learn about advantages and...more
Walking along the chalky paths of the ramparts, as well as on the hill outside, you get great views back towards Salisbury itself with the cathedral spire visible in most kinds of weather, and also views in most other directions. Sometimes you're amazed that the little planes from the local flying club don't hit you in the head you're that high up...more