Old Sarum, Salisbury

Old Sarum, Salisbury (must see)

Old Sarum is evidence of the ancient origin of Salisbury. It is believed that an early settlement was located on this site from 300BC to the beginning of the 13th century. The settlement stood on top of a hill at the junction of multiple important trade routes. William the Conqueror erected a palace and a fort here. Residents and conquerors created various defensive structures for the settlement and the ruins of these battlements can be seen today. In the 1090s a cathedral and bishop's palace were built, but soon after a storm partially demolished them. By 1219, a lack of space led to the decline of Old Sarum, and the bishop requested that the cathedral be relocated to New Sarum (Salisbury).

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Old Sarum on Map

Sight Name: Old Sarum
Sight Location: Salisbury, England (See walking tours in Salisbury)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Salisbury, England

Create Your Own Walk in Salisbury

Create Your Own Walk in Salisbury

Creating your own self-guided walk in Salisbury is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shopping Walk

Shopping Walk

Salisbury’s specialty shops are scattered along the picturesque streets in the historic center of the city. Many shops sell their merchandise out of medieval, half-timbered houses. Although the area covered on this tour is not large, you will visit a range of unique shops where you can find the perfect gift or souvenir to take home with you.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Art Galleries

Art Galleries

Salisbury has a diverse array of art galleries that vary in size and purpose. They range from the grand community Salisbury Arts Center to the small, private Graham Oliver Gallery. Take this tour to visit the most notable art galleries in Salisbury.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

Salisbury welcomes people of many different faiths, and you can find Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, and other religious institutions represented here. Most places of worship in the city, however, belong to the Anglican Church, which has historically had a strong presence in Salisbury and the country as a whole. This walking tour will guide you to the most notable religious sites in central...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Northern Salisbury Walk

Northern Salisbury Walk

On this self–guided tour you will explore Salisbury's historical and modern landmarks that are located outside of the city center. The Old Sarum settlement, stunning St. Francis Church, Stratford-Sub-Castle, St. Lawrence Church and interesting old houses on Strafford Road all shouldn't be missed!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Salisbury Introduction Walking Tour

Salisbury Introduction Walking Tour

Salisbury is one of the UK’s oldest and most historic and cities. It is also a city surrounded by beautiful scenery and is often called the City in the Countryside. As there is so much to see in Salisbury, it makes an excellent choice for exploring on foot whilst you soak up its history. On this self guided walk, you will visit Salisbury Cathedral (which is home to the famous Magna Carta), see...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Historical Houses Tour

Historical Houses Tour

Founded more than 800 years ago, Salisbury understandably has a great number of historical, architectural and cultural gems worthy of a visit. The medieval houses, churches, inns and hospitals blend harmoniously with the modern sites of the city. Trace the threads of Salisbury's past on this tour of the city's historic buildings.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles