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Group visits to Old Sarum

The lost city of Old Sarum is a rewarding site for groups to explore. Iron Age people first raised the great encircling ramparts. William the Conqueror summoned the landowners of England here in 1086. Today Old Sarum is a splendid site with seasonal wild flowers and striking vistas over Salisbury Plain.

"My wife and I had a very pleasant time there and appreciated it. Your staff were helpful and it gave us a good insight there.. Also the weather couldn't have been better." Trevor - TrevNav Services

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Group Discount

We offer a 15% discount (10% for Stonehenge) for travel trade and organised groups of 11 or more paying visitors when payment is made in a single transaction.
Per group you also receive:

  • free entry for one tour leader
  • free entry for one coach driver

The tour leader, coach driver and any English Heritage members do not count towards the group totals.

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Booking information

Trade admission prices and opening times:

Please refer to our Trade Admission Prices & Site Opening Times brochure for pricing and opening times information at our top sites for groups. 

Making a booking:

Contact information for making your group booking can be found in the Visit & Contact Information section below.

Please include the property name and date of visit in the subject line of your email along with the following information:

  • Group name
  • Name of property
  • Tour reference/booking reference (if applicable)
  • Date and time of arrival
  • Number of visitors

Payment method:

Payment can be made on arrival by: cash, credit/debit card, Agency Voucher Scheme (AVS).

Visit & Contact information

  • Coach parking: Due to the narrow single-track approach to the castle entrance we would request that coaches are parked at the layby just south of the Old Sarum Castle entrance on the A345, opposite the Harvester Old Sarum pub (SP1 3SF). There is space here to disembark from the coach safely. To access the castle site walk to the top of the layby and follow the chalk footpath to the castle drive, turn left and walk up the drive and over the wooden bridge to the castle. The ticket office is on your right.  If anyone in your group has extra access needs please call the site team on 01722 335398 to arrange access to the visitor car park.
  • Catering: No café on site, but vending machine offers tea, coffee and hot chocolate as well as sweet and savoury snacks e.g. crisps, flapjacks and ice creams. Directly opposite the site is a Harvester pub, and The Wheatsheaf (a staff favourite) can be found in the picturesque Woodford Valley, five minutes' drive from Old Sarum.
  • Grounds: Old Sarum covers an area of approximately 29 acres of beautiful rare grass chalk-land. There are many footpaths which criss-cross the site, with a favourite being around the outer ramparts of the site which offers walkers views of the Wiltshire countryside. Following some scrub clearance, Old Sarum is now a great place to spot butterflies and kestrels, which are often seen hovering over the outer bailey.
  • Average length of visit: 1 hour.

Address: Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3SD

Email: (Group bookings team)

Telephone: 01722 335398 (General enquiries only)

Local TIC: If you would like more information about things to do in the local area, please call: 01722 342860 (Salisbury TIC)

Guided tours

Make your group visit extra special by adding one of our guided tours.

Please allow for the indicated minimum notice below when booking a guided tour.

Sarum's Place in History

Let our knowledgeable team guide you around these awe-inspiring ruins, revealing to your group the history of Sarum from the Neolithic period to its place as the notorious 'Rotten Borough'.

  • Duration: 45 minutes.
  • Minimum-maximum pax: 11 - 50 pax.
  • Advance booking required: Yes, a minimum of 30 days notice is required
  • Price: Price on enquiry.

Aerial fam trip

Take flight above the mighty ramparts of the once thriving town of Old Sarum. See the footprint of Salisbury's original cathedral, the royal castle which stood high on the motte, and discover the awe-inspiring Iron Age hill fort where it all began.

Group Travel Support

Further support and useful resources available to group travel organisers can be found on our dedicated Group Visits webpages.

For educational groups, please visit our School Visits webpages.

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