When looking at the Wilton House & Gardens website, you would be remiss to think this were an adult-only establishment, as this is far from the case! Thankfully, we learned it’s perfect for kids on our recent visit!
Situated just 10 minutes West of Salisbury, Wiltshire, this stately home is within easy reach of much of the South West of England. Even as you approach the car park, you can tell from the opulent architecture that adorns the archway, you are in for a visual treat!
Once you have taken a moment to get over the sheer size of this gorgeous house, your ears pick up the distinct sound of children playing. You turn a corner, and WOOSH! Just like that, your kids have disappeared in to the adventure playground. Find a bench and get comfortable – there is a lot to explore here!
The adventure play area is in a nice shady spot amongst the trees, and there is a separate area for little ones (0-5 years) called Tiny Tots. There is a ground-level trampoline, swings, slides and climbing apparatus in here, as well as a gate that closes with a latch and all-important hand sanitiser. The rest of the adventure play ground is for bigger children, although it does feature see-saws, a pirate ship play area, boat swings, a small zip-line and so much more. As I said, be prepared to lose your kids for a while!
Once you’ve been reunited with your children and have had a pick-me-up, you will want to see what else these expansive grounds have to offer. From the rose garden to the Japanese water garden, the Palladian bridge to the wonderful woodlands, there is so much to explore. We even saw one family having a paddle in the river, but I’m not sure that’s encouraged! After all of that, you might just need to stop for another little something to eat. An ice cream perhaps?
The cafe serves a selection of freshly prepared hot and cold sandwiches, soups and cream teas. We didn’t try any of the offerings on this visit as we brought a picnic, but it looked and smelled delicious! There is also an ice cream window between the cafe and the gift shop (you know, just incase).
Parking is free, and although booking for the house tour is essential, admission for the grounds only is available to purchase from the ticket office on the day.
Opening times at Wilton House & Gardens are varied and the visiting season is short. Please check the website for the most up-to-date opening dates and times.
There are plenty of (immaculate) toilets, including accessible and baby changing facilities, located by the entrance to the garden & cafe.
Picnics are encouraged, so bring a blanket and a flask of tea for the ultimate inexpensive alfresco dining experience!
Address: Wilton House, Wilton, Salisbury SP2 0BJ
Telephone: 01722 746 700
Have you been to Wilton House & Gardens? What was your garden highlight? Share your thoughts in the comments – we’d love to hear from you!