If you want to explore the area, Wilton makes a good base. There are many attractions to choose from.
There’s plenty to see within walking distance. We’re next door to the Wilton Shopping Village, with its 18th century courtyard and riverside setting. There are also pre-booked tours at the Wilton Carpet Factory.
Historic Wilton House, stately home of the Earl of Pembroke, is just five minutes’ walk round the corner.
Wilton House Garden Centre is just a short walk away, with an outstanding choice of plants, gifts, outdoor and indoor products.
And you can walk to the unusual Italianate Church of St Mary and St Nicholas, built in the 1840s.
Salisbury and nearby
Salisbury is just three miles away. Salisbury Cathedral dates back to the 11th century. There you can see one of only four original copies of the Magna Carta, signed in 1215. The Cathedral celebrates the 750th anniversary of its consecration in 2008.
In Salisbury, you can also visit the National Trust’s Mompesson House. On the city’s outskirts, there is Old Sarum, the original site of the cathedral city, run by English Heritage.
Salisbury Racecourse is around two miles away from the Wheatsheaf. Race meet dates for 2008 are from Sunday, 4 May to Wednesday, 1 October.
Salisbury and South Wilts Golf Club is also just two miles away.
A little further away
In an hour or so, you can drive from the Wheatsheaf to many other attractions in Wiltshire and nearby Hampshire, such as:
- Stonehenge (English Heritage) – 10 miles
- The ancient stone circle at Avebury (National Trust) – just under 40 miles
- The White Horse at Westbury – 25 miles
- The World War I military badges at Fovant – 7 miles
- Longleat House and Safari Park – 25 miles
- The New Forest – its northern boundary is around 12 miles away
- Old Wardour Castle (English Heritage) – 14 miles
- Stourhead (National Trust) – 25 miles
- Shopping centres in Bournemouth – about 30 miles
- West Quay and other shopping centres in Southampton – about 30 miles.