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Just outside of Salisbury, England is the Old Sarum, one of the oldest settlements in the country. It was originally built as a hill fort and eventually grew into a castle and a cathedral. Towards the end of the Middle Ages, the cathedral was demolished and the settlement was mostly abandoned. Building materials from the old cathedral were used in constructing the new one located in the modern town of Salisbury. Today you can wander through the remaining foundations of the cathedral and castle and learn about the history of Salisbury's origins. The ramparts consist of two banks of earth separated by a ditch.

On certain days, medieval tournaments, open air plays, and mock battles are held here. Old Sarum is located on 29 acres of rare grass chalkland making it a beautiful natural setting for exploring the Wiltshire countryside. Footpaths cross through the ramparts and offer views of the tall spire of the new cathedral. Old Sarum is not far from Stonehenge and is often included on tours of the region.

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Castle Rd, Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, SP1 3SD
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Bespoke private tours of Stonehenge and Avebury by car with local guide

Bespoke private tours of Stonehenge and Avebury by car with local guide

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Enjoy a private guided tour of the extraordinary prehistoric sites of Wiltshire including Stonehenge and Avebury. All tours are by air conditioned car and include pick up from your local* hotel or arrival point. Full day (minimum 8 hours) or half day (minimum 5 hours) tours are available. Full day tours include visits to both Stonehenge and Avebury. West Kennet Long Barrow, Silbury Hill and Durrington Walls are also on route. Your expert local guide has a degree in archaeology and classical studies. As a local he knows the most scenic routes and the more hidden and unusual sites along the way. He also knows the best places to eat and drink including traditional English pubs and the best spots for a picnic lunch. *local means local to the Stonehenge and Avebury area west of London. Local towns include Salisbury, Bath, Swindon and Marlborough. Pick ups outside of this area including London are possible but may bear an extra cost. Pick up and drop off points can differ to suit you.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$337.76
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Hot Air Balloon Flight from Templecombe, Dorset

Hot Air Balloon Flight from Templecombe, Dorset

This hot air balloon ride helps you to see the highlights of Dorset from a spectacular new vantage point. Soar about the South West of England and see Dorset’s beautiful countryside from a spacious shared hot air balloon basket. Fly over Dorset, Old Sarum—an Iron Age hill fort, Sturminster Newton Mill, Sherborne Old Castle, and Templecombe. After landing, enjoy a toast of champagne or juice and receive a souvenir flight certificate.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$209.98
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Circle tours

Circle tours

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We are a bespoke tour company based in amesbury, wiltshire. We 'circle tours' are a tour company like no other. A tour where you can relax. Our professional driver will collect you/your party in our air conditioning vehicle from the agreed location. Take you/your party on your bespoke tour of your choice. No rushing for buses or fighting for a seat. Once the tour is completed we will take you to your preferred location. We try to make your experience special and stress free.
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  • 1 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.83
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Ancient Wonders of Wessex Private Guided Tour
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Ancient Wonders of Wessex Private Guided Tour

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If you are interested in Britain’s Ancient History, there is no better way to spend your time effectively than having your own guide and driver. No wasted time at meeting points or managing other tourists expectations – you will have a full say in how to maximise your precious sightseeing time. Our tour guides are of the highest standard and share a deep knowledge of Ancient HIstory with a likeable and easygoing personality. We are incredibly proud of our 100% 5* TripAdvisor ratings on ALL private tours, and intend to continue our sterling reputation.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,016.01
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Full Day Private Stonehenge and Salisbury Excursion in a London Black Cab

Full Day Private Stonehenge and Salisbury Excursion in a London Black Cab

Travel through time and visit Stonehenge and walk in the footsteps of our Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge - one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. We will also visit Salisbury Cathedral, there is so much to see on a visit to the Cathedral, from beautifully carved monuments and tombs to the famous Father Willis Organ, and the world's oldest working mechanical clock. It is home to the best preserved of only four surviving Magna Carta (AD1215) which is listed on the UNESCO 'Memory of the World' register. Marvel at Britain's tallest spire which weighs 6,500 tons, and take a stroll around the 80-acre Cathedral Close - the largest in Britain. Time permitting we can also consider taking in a visit to Old Sarum, it is one of the most historically important sites in southern England. Uniquely, it combines a royal castle and cathedral within an Iron Age fortification, and for 150 years was a major centre for secular and ecclesiastical government.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$914.41
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Bath&Beyond: (Full Day) Driver-Guided Experience - Salisbury/Sarum & Stonehenge

Bath&Beyond: (Full Day) Driver-Guided Experience - Salisbury/Sarum & Stonehenge

The tour will: - be delivered by the UK's only qualified tourist guides - the internationally respected BLUE BADGE registered / fully insured / Institute of Tourist Guiding qualified guides. - ensure the clients will take away a complete understanding of the tour location, including how it fits into the history and geography of the UK as a whole. - be informative, interesting, appropriately entertaining! - be undertaken by a fully licensed, insured, qualified / advanced driver (Institute of Advanced Motorists). - be undertaken in a luxury specified SUV, licensed for a maximum of 4 passengers. The price is for the full day and for you and family / friends (up to the maximum of 4 passengers) - you will be transported, with commentary as appropriate en route, then guided around the sites listed and the surrounding areas / towns as appropriate. Each tour will be as flexible as possible, allowing you to experience whatever takes your fancy!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$833.66
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$833.66
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Woodhenge & Old Sarum Private Tour

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Woodhenge & Old Sarum Private Tour

Explore History Culture Heritage and Medieval. A chance to see Royal Windsor Castle, Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is the home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Stonehenge,Visit mystic Stonehenge. Woodhenge,Dating from about 2300 BC, markers now replace rings of timber posts, which once possibly supported a ring-shaped building. Stonehenge in Avebury Few have looked at Avebury and Stonehenge, pondering whether they might be part of a larger complex. But when that question is asked, an altogether different one bubbles to the surface: could this complex also be linked with Plato’s fabled lost civilisation of Atlantis and Old Sarum, Climb the mighty ramparts for views over the Wiltshire plains and imagine the once thriving town of Old Sarum. Stand in the footprint of Salisbury's original cathedral, conquer the royal castle which stood high on the motte, and discover the awe-inspiring Iron Age hill fort where it all began.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$425.66
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$425.66
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Pre/Post cruise from Southampton: Winchester - Salisbury - Avebury - Marlborough

Pre/Post cruise from Southampton: Winchester - Salisbury - Avebury - Marlborough

Renowned for having a deep and expansive history Winchester has it all. A city full of history and heritage. A real food lover’s haven, from traditional British favourites and extraordinary pizzas to sushi. Make sure you will enjoy your lunch either in a cosy pub or a bustling cafe. Next stop: the city of Salisbury, developed in medieval times with the cathedral at the heart of the city. Cathedral has a wealth of history: the world’s oldest clock, the best preserved original Magna Carta and stained glass from across the centuries. Worth visiting Old Sarum which combines a royal castle and cathedral within an Iron Age fortification. A quick stop at Avebury to visit one of the best known prehistoric sites in Britain. The Avebury Stone Circle is an architecture marvel that was inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage list in 1986. It dates back to the Neolithic Age. The thriving pretty village of Marlborough is our last stop, the perfect place to enjoy a drink before heading to London.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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$619.53
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Should I book Old Sarum tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Old Sarum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Old Sarum 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Old Sarum costs USD 143.83. Guided Old Sarum tours start around USD 143.83 per person.
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