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The abundance of picturesque and unspoiled countryside in the county of Wiltshire attracts large numbers of visitors each year. Coupled with the plethora of charming villages and historical sites, the county's natural beauty firmly cements Wiltshire's reputation as one of the United Kingdom's foremost holiday destinations. The original settlement of Salisbury, known as Old Sarum, is one of the county's most fascinating attractions. With so many excellent hotels nearby, the site is high up on the list of things to see and do in Wiltshire.
Old Sarum represents the earliest settlement of the now well-known city of Salisbury. Just two miles north of the modern city centre, Old Sarum shows signs of life which date back as far as 3000BC.
Documenting life through Roman times and onto the Saxons and then the Normans, this rare insight into Wiltshire's past attracts everyone from history buffs to inquisitive kids. To add to the excitement, the English Heritage attraction holds regular events throughout the year, which really bring the past to life.
There's plenty to explore at Old Sarum. Among the highlights is the Iron Age Hillfort, which looks out across two ancient trade paths that were soon turned into roads by the Romans. The Royal Castle was built by William the Conqueror around 1070. The attraction even features the sight of Salisbury's very first Cathedral.
Facilities at Old Sarum are plentiful. From free parking to toilets with baby-changing, the facilities make visiting with the family (even the youngest members) easy. There's even a play area on-site, and a handful of local pubs that serve very good food.
The Salisbury area boasts some of the finest hotels in Wiltshire, from intimate bed and breakfasts to fancy spa hotels. The Stones Hotel, situated in High Post, not far from Old Sarum, offers guests a good sized restaurant, several meeting rooms and a recently upgraded interior.
Heading into modern Salisbury, visitors are spoiled for choice of period buildings and charming hotels. The four star Chapter House and Milford Hall Classic Hotels are popular choices for those who appreciate characterful buildings. There are also a handful of well-known brands with hotels in the city.