Old Sarum – A Site That is Even Older Than Salisbury Town Itself
Old Sarum, is almost two miles north of Salisbury itself but is easily accessible by autobus or automobile. It’s a ruin of the colonisation that William The Conqueror had built many centuries ago you’ll snatch a glimpse of the remains of the Norman munitions, the foundations of the old Cathedral. Interestingly, Old Sarum is thought to have had small towns as long ago as 300BC where a hill fort was established there are was the centre of trade and life (this was the ancient root of Salisbury).
You’ll also enjoy remarkable views of Salisbury and the surrounding countryside from here, which alone is worth the travel. If you plan on visiting Stonehenge too, you can get a discounted deal for Old Sarum from the Salisbury holidaymaker info centre.
Old Sarum is reached via an entranceway between two banks believed to date back to the iron age during the decree of the Normans the old motte and bailey castle were built. In 1092 the first (original) cathedral was built on the Old Sarum site, but regrettably razed within a week of being finished. It wasn’t until 1219 that Bishop Richard Poore resolved to construct a new Cathedral which we now recognise as Salisbury Cathedral.
Old Sarum is even older and more historic than Salisbury Cathedral and the town even though you can only see a few remains of the structures that at one time stood upon Old Sarum, the land site is however a must-see on your visit to Salisbury.