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The Close

Salisbury Cathedral and Close from the south west

Salisbury Cathedral sits in the spectacular setting of the largest and most lovely Cathedral Close in Britain (80 acres).  Within its historic walls there are four other attractions which are well worth a visit.


ArundellsThe home of the former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, with collections of his sailing and musical memorabilia, Oriental and European ceramics, paintings, original political cartoons, bronzes and photographs.


Mompesson HouseA perfect example of a Queen Anne style town house. Notable plaster work and an elegant carved oak staircase. Fine period furniture and collection of 18th Century drinking glasses. Charming walled garden and tea room. National Trust Property. 


The Rifles (Berkshire & Wiltshire) MuseumThe museum, housed in a splendid Grade 2 listed building, tells the story of the County infantry regiments of Berkshire and Wiltshire. Riverside garden gives views across the watermeadows. Bernières licensed tearoom.


Salisbury MuseumAward winning museum with archaeological collections of National importance. Home of the Stonehenge Gallery, Warminster Jewel and Monkton Deverill Gold Torc. Displays of pre-history, Romans, Saxons, the medieval history of Old Sarum and Salisbury, the Pitt Rivers collection, ceramics and costumes. Pictures throughout including Turner watercolours. Temporary exhibitions all year round. Gift and coffee shops. A friendly museum in a Grade 1 listed building.


Sarum CollegeA Christian study and conference centre housed within Grade 1-listed buildings on the Northeast side of the Close. Facilities include 40 en-suite bedrooms, six meeting rooms, a newly refurbished Common Room and bar as well as a large refectory and a car park. The college’s course programme includes postgraduate study programmes, day, evening and weekend courses, as well as a range of concerts, exhibitions, lectures and conferences throughout the year.


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Map of Salisbury Cathedral and the Close