Arundells, the home of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, is situated in the beautiful Cathedral Close in Salisbury. Left much as it was when he lived here, the house contains Sir Edward’s extensive personal collections of musical and sailing memorabilia, Oriental and European ceramics, paintings, political cartoons, bronzes and photographs.
Built in the thirteenth century, Arundells was originally used as a medieval canonry. From the mid-1550s it was leased to lay tenants and much of the house’s current appearance is due to John Wyndham, who lived here from 1718 to 1750. The house was renovated in the 1960s, after a period of decay and neglect in the mid-20th century had nearly led to demolition. Sir Edward came to Arundells in 1985 and lived here until his death in 2005. His wish was that the house be opened to the public so that they too could “share the beauty of Arundells.”
Arundells is surrounded by a beautiful two-acre walled garden stretching down to the Rivers Avon and Nadder, with perfect views of Salisbury Cathedral. A separate exhibition room features an annual programme of exhibitions related to Sir Edward’s life and interests.
General entry and guided tour days available. Special events are held throughout the year, please visit our website for further details.
The grounds of Arundells are also available for private hire functions, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Child 12 and under||Free|
|Garden and Exhibition Room||£3.00|
|Sat, Sun, Mon and Tues: House, Garden & Exhibition Room||£7.00|
|Wed only: Pre-booked guided tours||£10.00|
Bookings by groups and individuals are welcome.
Please book guided tours on Wednesdays online at www.arundells.org or by telephoning 01722 326546
|2017 (14 Mar 2017 - 9 Nov 2017)|
* SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS, MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS
11am to 5pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Explore and enjoy Arundells at your leisure
Open for our famous pre-booked guided tours of the house.
Please book guided tours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays online at www.arundells.org or by telephoning 01722 326546
- Groups Accepted - Maximum of 12/tour with 9 tours per day
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
- No Smoking Attraction
- Outdoor Attraction - Garden
- Ramp/Level Access - There are 5 steps up to the front door. Ramp available for wheelchair users - ground floor only.
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors - Shared with Rifles museum next door.
Parking & Transport
- On Bus Route - Short walk from city shopping area.
- Approx length of visit - Length of tour is 1hour+
- Delta accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Max group size - 12 per guided tour.
- TIC Staff Admitted Free
- Visa accepted
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted - By appointment
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Guided Tours Available for Individuals
Map & Directions
Pay and Display in City Centre car parks, with limited parking within the Cathedral Close. Disabled parking on West Walk. Nearest coach set down point in St. John's St. (pedestrian access through St. Ann's Gate), approximately 0.4 miles.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest rail station is Salisbury South West Trains approximately 0.8 miles
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- Very Good39
- jranjeannie500Dorchester, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelFascinating and informativeSunday, 19th March 2017I happened to wander past this place in November last year and realising it was closed for the winter, I checked the website and went back now it's open. I had the benefit of a guided tour which... Read full review
- BeyondshipsNew York City, New YorkTrip Type:Solo travelExceeded expectationsMonday, 6th March 2017Arundells is one of the houses that surround the great cathedral in Salisbury. It looks pretty from outside the gate but not spectacular. Nonetheless, I ventured in and was very pleased that I did... Read full review
- wingateLondon, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelElegant houseSunday, 26th February 2017The former house of Ted Heath.He wanted it to be kept as a museum,or a shrine,to him.Hasn't got his wish yet.Not permanently open. Read full review
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