Houses don’t come much more beautiful than Wilton House, the ever so impressive home of the Earls of Pembroke since the 1540s. Set right in the heart of the gorgeous Wiltshire countryside, this stately home welcomes visitors to enjoy it 22 acres of grounds and parkland, as well as to wander inside and enjoy its opulent 17th century décor.
If you visit on a quiet day, you’ll be shown around the house by an official guide, so they’ll bring the rooms to life with the tales that make the house a historic family home. Outside, there are acres and acres of well-kept gardens to enjoy, and the adventure playground means the children can let off steam – and there’s even a section just for children under 5.
The house is popular with art lovers too, as it’s home to a world-renowned art collection by some of the most famous artists in history. The collection includes pieces by van Dyck, Rembrandt van Rijn and Richard Wilson to name a few.
If you fancy dining in style during your visit there’s the Palladian Restaurant, and it serves light snacks as well as meals throughout the day. If wandering the stately grounds has you feeling all genteel, remember that picnics are welcome if you fancy tucking into your favourite treats al fresco. Much of the house and its grounds are accessible to wheelchairs.