CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO EXTENSIVE BUILDING WORK
Due to re-open Autumn 2022
The Amesbury History Centre is the place to visit to find out all you need to know about the oldest continually inhabited settlement in Britain. 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.
Amesbury History Centre at Church Street, Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 7EU.
• Free entrance and limited free parking.
• Friendly and knowledgeable volunteers.
• Visit our café.
• Support our shop, which sells books about local history, and souvenirs.
• Group visits are welcome with advance notice.
• A programme of talks and exhibitions.
• For all the latest news visit our Facebook page.
* THE CENTRE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO RELOCATION WORK
Due to reopen Easter 2022
- Accessible to Wheelchair Users - Lift to 1st floor
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - 4 Spaces
Children & Infants
- Accept Children Over 3 - 10years old and under to be accompanied.
- Event Venue - Occasional programmes of lectures/talks
- Approx length of visit - 30minutes - 2 Hours
- Open by appointment outside normal opening times
Parking & Transport
- On site parking - 10 spaces. Cycle Stations
- Can be packages by 3rd parties
- Themed Events
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.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good31
- John ASalisbury, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayExcellent source of local knowledgeMonday, 5th August 2019The history centre has limited parking outside but beware if you park in the pay and display next to the history centre as even disabled drivers have to pay. The history centre contains a surprising... Read full review
- Jenny FWell worth a visit to the new Amesbury History CentreTuesday, 5th September 2023The fantastic new Amesbury History Centre that opened in August 2023 is well worth a visit. The current exhibition features the famous women from Amesbury's history to the present day! The tea room... Read full review
- AdinfinAnother treasure stolen.Monday, 25th September 2023The reviews and photos of the old visitors centre contoured up images of friendly knowledgeable volunteers, ad hoc interesting conversations about local history, discovering the soft underbelly of... Read full review