Salisbury Cathedral Close is full of many beautiful houses and buildings. One of the finest is Arundells, an exquisite Grade II listed house that was once the home of former British Prime Minister Sir Edward (Ted) Heath.



Arundells was a medieval canonry in the 13th century. From the mid-1550s the house was leased by the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral to lay tenants. In the 1800s it was home to Godolphin Girls’ school and later a boys’ boarding school. It was neglected and allowed to decay until 1964 when it was renovated by Mr and Mrs Robert Hawkings. Sir Edward continued the refurbishment when he came to live in Arundells in 1985.

The House

On his death in 2005 Sir Edward left the house to a Trust in his will. His request was to allow visitors to “share the beauty of Arundells,” which the Trustees have achieved perfectly. The house has been left as when Sir Edward lived in it and gives a close insight into his personal life and his career in public office. It also displays his marvellous private collection of paintings, ceramics, bronzes and yachting and musical memorabilia. The art collection includes paintings by L S Lowry, Winston Churchill, John Singer Sargent, John Nash and many more. (follows sequence of using first names and surnames)

The beautiful two acre walled-garden is open to the public and leads down to the meeting point of the rivers Nadder and Avon. The garden has the bonus of stunning views of Salisbury Cathedral.

Edward Heath

Edward Heath became an MP for the London borough of Bexley in 1950. He served under Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan and Alec Douglas-Home, and was Leader of the Conservative Party between 1965 and 1975. He served as Prime Minister from 1970 to 1974. Sir Edward died in 2005, and his ashes are interred under a commemorative stone inside Salisbury Cathedral.

Additional Information

Toilet facilities are available at the Rifles Museum next door.
Ground floor accessible via ramp at entrance
Bookings for Groups and individuals welcome
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014, 2015 & 2016

Opening Details

Saturday, Sunday & Monday: Free Flow Visiting from  11am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm): No booking required
Tuesday & Wednesday: Guided Tours from 11am: Booking advised
Thursday & Friday: Closed all day House & Gardens

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