The tour takes you by Old Sarum, you can get off on the return trip and explore here, it is a huge earthwork raised in about 500BC by Iron Age settlers and later occupied by Romans, Saxons and Normans. They built a castle and a royal palace, and by the mid-12th century it was a busy town with a fine new cathedral.

Lack of water and squabbles between church and military lead to the building of a new settlement by the river, now known as Salisbury. Old Sarum was abandoned and fell into ruin. If you want to take a look at the site you can get off the tour and rejoin later on - your ticket lasts all day.

You can find out more and view full opening times (including during holiday period) here: English Heritage Old Sarum page.

Please bear in mind the closing time of Old Sarum, before catching the later afternoon/early evening Tour buses.

Old Sarum Opening Times

Autumn / Winter  2016 -2017
1 November - 31 March Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
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