This little campsite is set back just off the main road in Old Sarum, north Salisbury, behind the Salisbury RFC.
The first thing that struck us about this campsite when we arrived was the abundance of colour from the planters around Reception – simply stunning! The site staff greeted us warmly and we were shown to our pitch a moment later. After a long drive (5 1/2 hours for us) we appreciated the efficiency of the Camping and Caravanning Club system of checking in. Certainly Salisbury Club site had made a great impression on us already.
Looking around you can see that the site is spread across two fields that slope very gently downwards, although pitches look level. There is a mixture of hardstanding and grass pitches that are well maintained.
There are two toilet blocks. The smaller one is close to Reception has male and female toilets, sinks and showers, and dishwashing facilities. There is a family bathroom but we didn’t make use of it.
The larger toilet block is placed halfway down the site and is then same but much bigger and it has a laundrette. Within the laundrette there is tourist information, which is really useful. The only thing the site didn’t have was a playground for the children and the site Wi-Fi signal wasn’t very strong.
Hudson’s Field is a large open space situated next door to the campsite and it appears to be well used by the local community. Exercising dogs on the field is permitted and dog poo bins are sited around the perimeter.
Beyond Hudson’s Field you will find the English Heritage Site, Old Sarum, in the centre of which is the ruin of one of William the Conquerors castles. Old Sarum’s history is much older than this though and the area began life as an Iron Age Hillfort. Within the site of the hillfort the footprint of Salisbury’s first cathedral is also clearly visible, built around the same time as the castle. There are numerous walks around the area and you can access the grounds of Old Sarum outside of opening hours. It seemed to be particularly well used by joggers!
Back to facilities on site and there is a small shop for essentials. I love that there is a pizza night on a Friday, which is something unique to this site. We didn’t choose to eat out at restaurants and unfortunately we weren’t staying on a Friday night for pizza so we chose to rustle up our own meals instead. Gas and charcoal BBQs are permitted but campfires are not, this is common across all Camping and Caravanning Club sites. I am sure there are a multitude of recommended restaurants and cafes in nearby Salisbury town centre and the site staff will be able to help with recommendations.
Shopping-wise you have a number of options. Close by is a Co-op but only around a mile further away a larger Waitrose supermarket which is located on a small retail park along with Sport’s Direct, Home Sense and Smyths. Sailsbury town centre is also close and took less than 10 minutes to drive there. We nipped down on our second day to see the infamous cathedral and check out the shops. We could’ve easily filled the day and more with visiting popular tourist attractions in the centre such as St Thomas Becket Church, The Salisbury Museum and Mompesson House (a National Trust property).
However, the two main trips we wanted to do during our short stay at the Salisbury Camping and Caravanning Club Site were to see the Brickosaurs (Lego dinosaurs) at Marwell Zoo and to visit Stonehenge – my eldest has studied the Stone Age at school this year and expressed a great interest in seeing it for real. With two other children in KS1 and yet to do this topic it seemed a good way of supporting their education.
Marwell Zoo is a 45 minute drive away and Stonehenge is around 30 minutes drive. Both were fantastic day s out for us. You can read about our trip to Marwell Zoo here.
Overall we love this gem of a site and we had a really enjoyable and relaxing few days here. There is loads to see and do in the area and I am sure we will be back to stay again in the future.
Ad/Gifted – we were invited to stay for 3 nights at the Salisbury Camping and Caravanning Club Site in exchange for this review, but all views and opinions are our own.