Wilton is a quintessential Wiltshire market town with a history spanning more than 2,000 years. The town gave its name not only to Wiltshire but also to the UK’s famous Wilton Carpets, which are still made there today, and was the ancient capital of Wessex.
Within a short walk of the Market Square and St Mary’s ruin you will find the famous Italianate Church and a delightful river walk along the Wylye, running from St John’s Square through the Flouse Hole conservation area to Castle Meadow.
On the edge of the town centre lies Wilton House, set in 21 acres of landscaped parkland with water and rose gardens beside the River Nadder.It has been home to the Earls of Pembroke since the 1540s, Wilton House and the Grounds offer a wonderful day out for all the family. The magnificent Inigo Jones Staterooms include the famous Double Cube Room- the finest surviving 17th century stateroom in England, Stroll around the House with its 17th century interiors and world famous art collection by renowned artists such as Van Dyck, Pieter Brueghel, Rembrandt van Rijn and Richard Wilson
With over 22 acres of parkland and gardens, bordered by the rivers Wylye and Nadder, the Grounds are perfect for visitors to explore or to relax in and have a picnic. Try the Palladian Restaurant which is the perfect place for a snack or meal at any time of the day or, explore The Gift Shop with its wide range of tempting goods and selection of bespoke china, linen and tablemats. New for 2014 will be a special exhibition, in collaboration with Sotheby’s, of Cecil Beaton’s portrait photographs, taken at Wilton House between 1939 -1980.
Please note: Although the House and Grounds are fully wheelchair accessible, the route does incorporate some ramps and gravel paths. I would advise wheelchair users to take a companion on their visit.
Combine this with the wide range of factory outlets at Wilton Shopping Village:
The Wilton Shopping Village offers you a unique experience with a wide selection of shops in a most relaxing riverside environment. New for 2014 is the Fisherton Mill Gallery Shop, Studios and Restaurant all set within the Historic Courtyard. Within the large Edinburgh Woollen Mill store you will find The Village Restaurant as well as a great selection of gifts, ladies and gents clothing as well as a superb selection of Malt Whiskies in the Wilshire Larder.
As I mentioned above the Shopping Village is the home of Wilton Carpets, they have been trading on the site for more than 300 years and continue to manufacture carpets to this day. In the adjacent park you can enjoy the children’s play area or just relax and watch a leisurely game of bowls. All in all I believe a day out in Wilton which is literally just up the road from Cricket Field House will give you a unique and varied day out.