If you're getting the train to Old Sarum, head for Salisbury station. Visitors coming from London can reach it direct from Waterloo, with a journey time of about 90 minutes. There are also direct services from Portsmouth Harbour, Cardiff Central and Bristol Temple Meads.

Salisbury station is about two miles away from Old Sarum - the number 8 bus route will take you within five minutes' walk of the site, and a taxi will take about 10 minutes.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:30 - 20:00
Saturday 06:20 - 19:30
Sunday 08:10 - 20:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Lost PropertyAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Toilets notes<p>The Baby changing facilities are located in the toilets on Platform 4 </p>
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes

Please contact our Customer Service Centre on 0345 6000 650

Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Car parking spaces287
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£300.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces84
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes

Car park, platform 4 and platform 6

Secure Cycle compound for Season Ticket holders

Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

There is step free access to all platforms. Access to platforms 5 (for trains to Cardiff and the West of England) and 6 (for some services to Basingstoke and London Waterloo) are via level access.

Access to all other platforms is via a subway with steep ramps. A staff operated powered wheelchair is available for customers who have difficulty using the ramps. Please speak to our assisted travel team or a member of station staff.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable

About Old Sarum

On a hill about 2 miles north of modern Salisbury lies Old Sarum, the site of the earliest known human settlement in the area. There is evidence of prehistoric habitation as early as 3000 BC, and the site is close to the great monoliths of Stonehenge and Avebury. Later centuries brought an Iron Age hill fort, and the site was subsequently occupied by the Romans and then the Saxons, who used it as a defence against the Vikings.

The Normans established a motte and bailey castle and a cathedral on the site, and a royal palace was later built that played host to Plantagenet kings.  But a series of disputes led to the relocation of the cathedral to the Salisbury plain, and as a new city grew up here, Old Sarum slid into disuse.

Little standing masonry survives at Old Sarum today, but the layout and foundations are clear to see. Visitors can appreciate the earthworks of the Iron Age hillfort, the central stronghold of the Norman castle, and the remains of the cathedral.

The views of the surrounding Wiltshire countryside are magnificent, and there are 29 acres of pretty chalk grassland to explore on foot. Historical re-enactments bring Old Sarum's history to life, and there is a range of child-friendly activities.

Departures and arrivals from Salisbury

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Salisbury station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to AndoverSouth Western Railway19:272On time
to Bristol ParkwayGreat Western Railway19:304Late
to Portsmouth HarbourGreat Western Railway19:332Late
to Exeter St David'sSouth Western Railway19:474On time
to Portsmouth HarbourGreat Western Railway19:572On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Portsmouth HarbourGreat Western Railway19:294Late
from Cardiff CentralGreat Western Railway19:322Late
from AndoverSouth Western Railway19:444On time
from RomseySouth Western Railway19:536Late
from WestburyGreat Western Railway19:542On time

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