The gardens are fantastic with their huge trees, flower beds and little interesting sights such as a rose garden and the Whispering seat. On a sunny day families pay the entrance just to the gardens and have picnic in the lawns. The third picture shows you the adventure playground's longest slide. It is easy to let your child play here almost as long as she likes when you can relax somewhere nearby with views of the house or riverside.
The old medieval church in the main square was no longer enough for Wilton and as the Italianate church was built, this one ended up in ruins.
I had read about this church and so I forced the family members to walk to the village itself to have a look. Mama mia! It was like being back in Verona. Only the cars had UK number plates and the welcome notices were all in English! :))) The Italianate church was built to replace the old village church when the village outgrew it.
You don't have to go to Wilton by car as there are frequent buses from Salisbury bus station. Having said that, this is one place you might be excused for bringing a car as you might spend at the Wilton factory outlet and want to get your bargains home :))) But the buses really stop everywhere from Wilton House to the outlet and the town centre. Should you happen to get off at the wrong stop, it is a small place to walk through.
Wilton's outlet village is a place to go to when you want bargain carpets, clothes, shoes, books, chocolate or just trinkets. My personal favourites are Cotton Traders with fantastically comfy, yet stylish leasure clothes and Edinburgh Woollen Mill which you will recognise by now if you've travelled around Britain, but which here has quite a big store with more than just lovely Scottish clothes. Smaller than I thought it would be, I could still have spent a lot more here :)))