Wilton is steeped in history, a quintessential Wiltshire market town, its history dates back to the Anglo-Saxons in the 8th century AD, and by the late 9th century it became the ancient capital of Wessex, remaining the administrative centre of Wiltshire until the 11th century.
Now a relatively small and friendly community, this particularly pretty town is locally acknowledged as a lovely place in which to live. A charming market square, adjoining St Mary’s Church ruin, enjoys a weekly market and there is an excellent range of family owned traditional shops, including bakers and deli, antique shops, coffee shops, pubs and cafés. A discreetly placed shopping village provides a more diverse shopping experience. Located in the old carpet mills, the village hosts a variety of shops and a community of artisans and passionate small businesses.
Probably most famous for its carpets, Wilton Royal Carpet Factory was founded at the turn of the century and, although no longer holding the Wilton Royal prefix, carpets continue to be made in the town.
Presided over by the historic Wilton House, the country seat of Earl Pembroke, which is set in 21 acres of landscaped parkland, including beautiful water and rose gardens, the perfect setting for the many events that are hosted throughout the year, including Horse Trials, Antiques Fairs, the Wessex Country Fair and several charity events. Within the house itself the magnificent Inigo Jones Staterooms include the famous Double Cube Room – the finest surviving 17th Century stateroom in England, designed to display family portraits by Van Dyck.
Within a short walk of the Market Square and St Mary’s ruin you will find the famous Italianate Basilica of St Mary and Nicholas, just one of many other beautiful and historic buildings in the town; and for those you enjoy walking and the countryside, there is a delightful river walk along the Wylye, running from St John’s Square through the Flouse Hole conservation area to Castle Meadow.