Things to see & do

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What's on

Try your hand at croquet or listen to live music from the Close Consort Recorder Ensemble and the Northumbrian Pipers.


Front view of Mompesson House

Front view of Mompesson House

  • New for 2015 - Sense and Sensibility Revisited: Did Jane Austen know the Portman sisters of Mompesson House? - The National Trust presents an exhibition of costumes from the film, which starred Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman, alongside historic Regency accessories and drawings. Connections will be made between the literary Dashwood sisters and the Portman sisters.
  • Recreation of the Small Drawing Room as Barbara Townsend's painting room. Former resident Barbara Townsend (1842-1939) painted watercolours throughout her lifetime at Mompesson House. See her painting room recreated with watercolours and decorative ceramics on loan from Barbara's descendants.

Enjoy a walk around the historic Cathedral Close

Enjoy the view across the Avon from Ayleswade Bridge © National Trust

Enjoy the view across the Avon from Ayleswade Bridge

Mompesson House is situated inside Salisbury's historic Cathedral Close. Explore what else The Close has to offer, and find out about its history by following our short walk. It's free to download and follows an easy, accessible route.