The house, at Wilton near Salisbury in Wiltshire, has
been the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years. It
was built on the site of the medieval Wilton Abbey. Following
the dissolution of the monasteries, Henry VIII presented Wilton Abbey
and its attached estates to William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke.
The present Grade I listed house is the result of
rebuilding after a 1647 fire, although a small section of the house
built for William Herbert survives; alterations were made in the early
19th and early 20th centuries. The house stands in gardens and a park
which are also Grade I listed. While still a family home, the house and
grounds are open to visitors during the summer months.
Wilton House contains one of the finest art collections
in Europe and offers a fascinating insight into British history. The 21
acres of landscaped parkland, including four formal gardens, run down to
the River Nadder. The house and grounds have been used multiple times in
television productions and films.
Lunches, afternoon teas, freshly made cakes and coffee,
will be on offer in the café. The visit will be free flow due to the
restrictions placed on the numbers in group tours
Members £38 Non-members