The Estate Office, Wilton, Salisbury SP2 0BJ – opening times vary
Wilton House is an English country house situated at Wilton near Salisbury in Wiltshire. It has been the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years. Wilton House and gardens have been open to the public since 1951 and are situated in Wilton, just a short drive from St Anns House in Salisbury. The English country house is home to the current Earl of Pembroke, William Herbert and his family. Although the house is open for public viewing, the Earl of Pembroke and his family occupy around a third of the house privately.
The first recorded building on the site of Wilton House was a priory founded by King Egbert circa 871. Later, this priory, due to the munificence of King Alfred, was granted lands and manors until it became wealthy and powerful. However, by the time Wilton Abbey was dissolved during the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII, its prosperity was already on the wane – following the seizure of the abbey, King Henry presented it and the estates to William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (in the 1551 creation) c. 1544.
The house and gardens is a great place to visit with the family and includes a fantastic adventure playground for the children to enjoy within the grounds. In recent years the grounds have become the home of the annual ‘Classic Supercar’ show where people flock to see a whole range of classic and modern supercars on show.
Scenes from 2009 period drama The Young Victoria were filmed at Wilton House. The film tells the story about the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign.
Wilton House and gardens is only 3.5 miles away from St. Anns House