In Wilton

By Emma Kirkup

Wilton is a market town just three miles west of Salisbury. There are several things to do in this small town including a visit to the impressive Wilton House – home of the Earl of Pembroke. Here you can discover beautiful gardens, a fine art collection and some historic cars. Read my previous blog for more details on visiting here.

Just across the road from Wilton House is the Wilton Shopping Village. This riverside shopping destination offers a couple of cafes including the recently opened Fisherton Mill café, a variety of shops and the factory outlet for the Wilton Carpet Factory which is also on site. If you like feeding ducks then this is also a great spot for that too!

 There are many historic buildings in Wilton, lots of which are still owned by the Wilton estate. Beside the Market Place is the ruins of St Mary’s Church and a short stroll will bring you to the Italianate Church – a very grand looking church with some hugely impressive architecture.

 There are a couple of cafes in the town centre and some local shops too. Head here on a Thursday for market day which is held in the centre of the town.

From Wilton there are pleasant riverside walks. It’s also a short distance from Grovely Woods which is well-known locally as a great spot for bluebells in May.


Wilton House
Historic House/Palace
Double Cube room

Wilton House, home to the 18th Earl of Pembroke, provides a fascinating insight into British history. Built on the site of a 9th century nunnery, set in 21 acres of landscaped parkland with water and rose gardens beside the River Nadder.

Market Town
View across Wilton

Looking to visit the amazing town of Wilton?...If so, click here to get the latest Wilton tourist information direct from the official Wiltshire tourism site!



  1. Andy
    I’m confused. I’ve always understood that Winchester was the ancient capital of Wessex. So when was Wilton was the capital?

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