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Wilton House, Wilton

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Wilton House is an English country house at Wilton near Salisbury in Wiltshire, which has been the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years.

The first recorded building on the site of Wilton House was a priory founded by King Egbert circa 871. Through the munificence of King Alfred, the priory was granted lands and manors until it became wealthy and powerful. However, by the time Wilton Abbey was dissolved in the Dissolution of the Monasteries set in motion by King Henry VIII, its prosperity was already on the wane. Following the seizure of the abbey, Henry presented it and its attached estates to William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (in the 1551 creation) c.‚ÄČ1544.

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 usually open to visitors during the summer months.

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  • Lovely house and grounds but tour was incredibly rushed (40 minutes only)with no chance to look at furniture, paintings and take in the overall internal architecture. Whilst guide was knowledgeable...  more »
  • At first glance of the website, Wilton House & Gardens doesn't look like the perfect summer day out for families with kids, but it absolutely is! Tickets for the grounds early are relatively...  more »
  • Beautiful house. All the guides in the rooms were so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly. The grounds are so lovingly kept and the cafeteria is great. A relaxing, bright space with a delicious varied menu. Wilton House is definitely a must visit.
  • The house and gardens are very well kept and great for a picnic. The adventure playground is a perfect place for kids to play about in and it's always very popular with the locals. It's a shame that this place isn't open on Fridays and Saturdays though.

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