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The South Sights

Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum

  • 65 The Close Map It
  • Salisbury

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Opposite the cathedral's west front, this excellent museum is in the King's House, parts of which date to the 15th century (James I stayed here in 1610 and 1613). The history of the area from prehistoric times through the 12th century is explored in the Wessex gallery, where Stonehenge-related models and exhibits provide helpful background information for a visit to the famous megaliths. Also on view are collections of costumes, embroidery, Wedgwood pottery, and Turner watercolors, all dwarfed by the 12-foot Salisbury Giant, a 13-century pageant figure, and his companion hobbyhorse, Hob Nob. A cozy café (closed Sunday) is in one of the oldest sections of the building.

Sight Information


The King's House, 65 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EN, England

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Sight Details:

  • £8
  • June–Sept., Mon.–Sat. 10–5, Sun. noon–5; Oct.–May, Mon.–Sat. 10–5
  • Tickets good for a year


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