The Salisbury Museum
Salisbury Museum is an excellent museum located in Cathedral Close in the heart of Salisbury. It is next to the stunning Salisbury Cathedral and the historical Mompesson House and Arundells - so there is plenty to keep you occupied if you are visiting the area. When you buy a ticket it covers you for a whole year, making it excellent value for money. There is also a great café in the Salisbury Museum which serves pots of tea and homemade cakes, and is a popular haunt for visitors to Cathedral Close looking for a bit of refreshment as they take in the surrounding history.
The Salisbury Museum is a must if you are visiting Stonehenge and Old Sarum, as it’s home to an extensive range of artefacts housed in the new and highly acclaimed Wessex Gallery. The gallery takes you back through history from the medieval period to the earliest evidence of people living in the Salisbury area.
One key figure was the Amesbury Archer whose skeleton is displayed in the Salisbury Museum. The skeleton is believed to be around 4,300 years old and isotope analysis shows he most likely grew up in the Alps rather than near Salisbury. The grave itself is an important example of a burial chamber and the objects he was buried with are also of great interest.
As well as the Wessex Gallery, the History of Salisbury Gallery is also well worth a visit. It includes the ‘Drainage Collection’ comprising over 1,300 fascinating items found in the medieval drains that ran through the city up until the mid-1800s.
If you are planning on visiting Salisbury Museum and some of the other historic attractions in the area, the Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge is a great place to stay. Located on the A303, it is in easy reach of Salisbury, Old Sarum and Stonehenge and has modern contemporary accommodation with superb amenities. The Solstice Bar & Grill is also well worth a visit for some great regional dishes and an extensive wine list.