Visiting Salisbury’s Cathedral Close

CathCloseAt 80 acres, eight of which are lawn, the Close around Salisbury Cathedral is the largest in Britain and reflects architectural styles from the 13th through to the 20th Century.

There’s much to see and do within these ancient walls – with the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, award-winning museums and fine historic houses.


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 House

MompessonA perfect example of a Queen Anne style town house, this National Trust property with a charming walled garden and tea room is notable for its fine plaster work, elegant carved oak staircase, fine period furniture, and collection of 18th Century drinking glasses.

The Rifles (Berkshire & Wiltshire) Museum

RiflesThe museum, housed in a splendid Grade 2 listed building, tells the story of the County infantry regiments of Berkshire and Wiltshire. Riverside garden with licensed tearoom gives views across the watermeadows.

Salisbury Cathedral

SalisburyCathDiscover over 750 years of history, including Britain’s tallest spire, the world’s best preserved original Magna Carta 1215 and Europe’s oldest working clock, on a free tour with one of our knowledgable volunteer guides. Built between 1220 and 1258, in one architectural style, Salisbury is Britain’s finest 13th century Gothic Cathedral.

Salisbury Museum

SalMuseumAward-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, ceramics and costumes. Pictures throughout including Turner watercolours. Temporary exhibitions all year round.