THE home of former Prime Minister Edward Heath is opening for guided tours from Monday.

Sir Edward left provision in his will for Arundells, in the Cathedral Close, to be opened to the public following his death.

It was the subject of years of wrangling after the trustees announced plans to sell it off, but planners granted permission for it to remain open to the public in November.

Arundells was originally a medieval canonry in the 13th century and now reflects Sir Edwards’s time in public office.

It contains his collections of paintings, sailing and music memorabilia, Oriental and European ceramics, political cartoons and much more, all left just as it was when he lived there. There are also two acres of gardens.

The house is open for guided tours from March 24 to October 29.

Tours start at 11.30am and run every 30 minutes until 3.30pm. Pre-booking is recommended. Individual and group bookings welcome.