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Arundells

A Historic house featuring a tranquil two-acre garden.

A large brick building with grass in front of a house
A large brick building with grass in front of a house

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About the garden

The House with paintings by Churchill and Sargent, Chinese ceramics from Chairman Mao, David Lloyd George’s writing desk and memorabilia from Nixon and Castro, Arundells is the former home of Sir Edward Heath KG MBE, Prime Minister and Statesman. Located within Salisbury’s magnificent Cathedral Close, the house is one of Salisbury’s most charming destinations.

Sir Edward bequeathed Arundells to the Charitable Foundation set up in his name following his death in 2005. He very much wanted as many people as possible to “share the beauty of Arundells” and to enjoy his diverse and very personal collection of artwork, photographs, sailing memorabilia and political cartoons.

The Gardens were redesigned in 1985 to Sir Edward’s wishes and much of the garden has remained unchanged over the intervening years. There is an interesting range of trees, including Mulberry, Magnolia, Yew, Liquidambar, Davidia and Birch.

Two particular features are the spectacular views of Salisbury Cathedral and the tranquil frontage to the confluence of two rivers – the Avon and the Nadder.

There are plenty of hidden spaces to explore; lots of nooks and crannies! Look out for the Victorian bronze figure of a girl holding a bowl by the sculptor G E Wade and the bow of Morning Cloud III, one of Sir Edward’s racing yachts. This is located within a quiet wooded Dell and serves as a memorial to the two crew members who lost their lives when the yacht was sunk in a severe south-westerly gale in September 1974.

Opening times

Christmas Opening 25th November to 19th December Thursdays to Sundays 11am to 5pm 18th March to 1st November 2022, Fridays to Mondays 11am to 5pm

Useful details

Garden area

2 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads. Well behaved dogs are permitted within the garden, but must be kept on leads at all times. Guide and Special Assistance dogs are welcome within the house

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site

Family

Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - You can lock up your bike.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).

Shops

Yes - There is a gift shop.

Wiltshire, SP1 2ER

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Arundells
Wiltshire
SP1 2ER
Sat Nav Postcode
SP4 0AT
Public Transport
A short walk from both the train and bus stations.
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01722 326546

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