AboutThe Amesbury History Centre is the place to visit to find out all you need to know about the oldest continually inhabited settlement in Britain as recognised by the Guinness Book of Records. The centre though small is superbly laid out allowing locals and tourists alike to learn the story behind Amesbury's unique heritage, its connections to Stonehenge and the origins of its rise to military importance.
Go back to the Mesolithic period and see how Amesbury's earliest known ancestors lived by a spring in the shelter of Vespasian’s Camp from 7596-7542 BC. View the exclusively displayed artefacts from the internationally important excavations at Blick Mead including worked flints, bones from the aurochs and other animals; the magical flints that turn a beautiful pink colour when taken out of the water.
Learn about the discovery of the Amesbury Archer, his known journey and others who were drawn to the area throughout the centuries from Anglo- Saxon to Tudor times. Many were of Royal status, including the wife of Henry III, Queen Eleanor of Provence, who is buried somewhere in the grounds of Amesbury Abbey, the only Queen of England with no known grave.
The dedicated volunteers will share their thoughts on the existence of this oldest settlement, its possible role and why different people from far and wide met to hunt and feast together, its links to why Stonehenge was built where it is, its draw to those who sought religious solitude at the Abbey, and its military importance from the late 19th century onwards.
Intrigued? Then visit Amesbury History Centre at Melor Hall, Church Street, Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 7EU.
* Free entrance and limited free parking.
* Friendly and knowledgeable volunteers
* Tea and coffee available, also a small shop with local history books and souvenirs.
* Group visits are welcome with advance notice and a talk can be arranged if required.
* For all the latest news visit them at their Facebook page.
|Opening (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|
Children & Infants
- Accept Children Over 3
Parking & Transport
- On site parking - 10 spaces
- Approx length of visit - 30minutes - 2 Hours
- Can be packages by 3rd parties
- Open by appointment outside normal opening times
- Event Venue
Tours and Demonstrations
- Demonstrations Given
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Guided Tours Available for Individuals
Map & Directions
Situated just 2 miles from Stonehenge, Historic Amesbury sits conveniently to the side of the A303. If travelling towards Stonehenge West bound, turn into Amesbury at Solstice park, for services and the first sculptures, or alternatively turn left at Countess roundabout junction of the A303 for the Town centre. For Eastbound traffic, turn right at Countess roundabout for the Town or next left to Solstice park for services first.
Public Transport Directions
Buses are available from Salisbury to Amesbury throughout the day. We also welcome tour coaches.
- Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good23
- David TMaidstone, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesSmall museum packed with local finds.Wednesday, 5th April 2017I wish I could give this little museum and excellent rating just for sheer effort. Open daily, check web site for times. Staffed by volunteers offering their personal experiences and knowledge... Read full review
- crispycardRetford, United KingdomOutstanding small hands-on museumFriday, 4th November 2016After visiting Stonehenge, travel into Amesbury and visit this brilliant little museum where you will receive personal service, hands on artefacts and a site that is older than Stonehenge! Curated... Read full review
- Alison PRetfordTrip Type:CouplesA real littel gem of a museumWednesday, 2nd November 2016Lovely friendly welcome, knowledgable volunteers on hand to offer a persoanised tour. Caters for toddlers to knowledgeable historians, From pre history to recent history. All that and tea/coffee at... Read full review