Arundells

Arundells, Salisbury: Hours, Address, Arundells Reviews: 4.5/5

Speciality Museums • Architectural Buildings
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Bringing together six architectural periods, Arundells is one of the finest houses in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close, with parts of the property dating back to the 13th Century. It was acquired in 1985 by Sir Edward Heath KG MBE, Prime Minister, Statesman, sailor and musician, who bequeathed Arundells to the Charitable Foundation set up in his name following his death in 2005. Arundells is presented today as it was when Sir Edward lived here, with gifts from leaders such as Nixon, Chairman Mao and Fidel Castro sitting alongside beautiful collections of ceramics, glassware and sculpture. Arundells hosts a number of events and exhibitions throughout the year, including outdoor theatre, historical and political talks and intimate concerts. We are also available for private events and parties. Please visit our website or Facebook page for more details.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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LitzlbergLady
Nanjing, China133 contributions
Beautiful house and fabulous guides
May 2021
Arundells is the former home of Ted Heath and houses a fabulous collection of photographs, paintings, Heath’s personal effects and a wonderful collection of gifts from foreign dignitaries and items he collected on his travels. I particularly liked the monkey king wallpaper. This really is a very interesting house and it is possible to have a really thorough look at all of the interesting artefacts on display. The garden is also lovely with a beautiful partial view of Salisbury cathedral. However, what really makes a visit to Arundells so fabulous are the wonderful guides. They are incredibly knowledgable, friendly and approachable and clearly love sharing their passion for this home with the visitors.
Written 1 June 2021
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MichaelHLesCroups
Cardiff, UK27 contributions
A personal history of Ted Heath
May 2021
I'm pleased that we managed to include a visit to Arundells during our short visit to Salisbury. In fact, we were able to use our Gardeners' World, 2 for 1 voucher, to reduce the cost of entry for the three of us.
The surrounding garden was well kept and included part of Ted Heaths's ill fated yacht, Morning Cloud (2).
The tour of the house is a must. In fact, it's the first house that I have visited where the owner was someone who's decisions I experienced, first hand.
An outstanding and approachable team of informative guides is a significant commendation as well as a wide range of domestic and personal artefacts.
Written 25 May 2021
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Neil J
Salisbury, UK28 contributions
Visited summer 2020.
Aug 2020
If you are British and of an age where you remember Edward Heath as Prime Minister you will find this an interesting house. Lots to see and helpful, well informed guides.
Written 24 May 2021
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NewZealand-7
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND361 contributions
A great visit
May 2021
It was so interesting to spend a couple of hours at Arundells. Such a help to have the wonderfully informative staff members in each room. Irene in particular was so incredibly knowledgable about the house and had many interesting things to say about the house, it's contents and the man himself. We loved sitting in the seat at the bottom of the garden next to the river in quiet contemplation and listening to the birdsong. A special place is Arundells and a fascinating insight into the life and times of a fine man, Sir Edward Heath.
Written 24 May 2021
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johnbrum
Birmingham, UK1,085 contributions
Really inetresting
Oct 2020
Really interesting visit to this house which was home to Ted Heath which does have limited opening hours the house was lovely and the grounds that lead down to the river the guides in each room were very friendly and full of interesting facts and stories.
Written 2 October 2020
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Margaret S
Winchester, UK6 contributions
Wonderful house and garden
Sep 2020
We happened to find Arundells open when with visited Salisbury Cathedral. It is a beautiful home, now in the management of trustees. It is a home filled with such interesting treasures, and memories of the very full life of Edward Heath, UK prime minister, a home that it so personal and homely. I do not know of any other homes of former prime ministers of GB where their home is open to visitors , set out just as if he was still living there. Fascinting to see so many treasures that he was given by other heads of states across the world - photographs of royalty and other heads of states that he met with, various well documented events and of course many reminders of his sailing experiences and time in the army. A beautiful garden too - and picnics are welcome. Sit and enjoy. Well worth a visit.
Written 1 October 2020
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Georgia
Stoke-on-Trent, UK2 contributions
A must see
Oct 2020 • Couples
A must see! We arrive today just as they were closing the gates however we still let in. This is the most beautiful house and with the most wonderful people. Every single person was so knowledgeable and helpful and friendly. We cannot thank them enough. We also found out we were the last visitors to enter before they shut until March. Absolutely stunning place and full of history. We are a young couple of were asked by a few members of staff about our interest and the be all and end all is history like this needs to stay alive and should be shared and enjoyed by everyone! Thank you once again to everyone there for making our experience so amazing!!
Written 1 October 2020
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Roger C
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK63 contributions
Well Worth a Visit.
Sep 2020
We arrived a few minutes after 3:30pm, which is the cut off time for access to the house as it currently closes at 4:00pm. However, one of the senior volunteers, Ivan, escorted us on a short tour in any event when he found out how far we had travelled. The contents and personal belongings of Edward Heath were very interesting and Ivan was highly informative. We could have spent at least double the time there had we arrived earlier.
Written 1 October 2020
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Mr_Bee_Middlesex_UK
Feltham, UK90 contributions
A pleasant hour spent nosing around somebody's house!
Sep 2020
Lot's of interesting things to see inside the house, and the volunteer's in each room are very knowledgeable, telling you stories to bring the place alive. Fabulous garden at the back, which stretches right down to the river although there are lots of secluded nooks and crannies to sit and have a picnic without being disturbed too much (unfortunately, we didn't know we could bring a picnic!).
Written 22 September 2020
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AndrewCatley
Essex, UK130 contributions
Informative
Sep 2020
Thus beautiful house full of personal items collected over many decades was really interesting. It gave an insight into the man behind the public persona. Such a vast range of collections from art, music, books and sailing was interesting. The gardens were also beautiful and relaxing.
Although impossible to separate the man from a lifetime of public service, the collections do offer a different view point.
At £5 per head it offers excellent value for money and the bonus of a very knowledgeable steward in every room giving extra information was valued.
Well worth a visit.
Written 20 September 2020
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