THESE are the best garden centres near Salisbury to visit at Christmas, according to Journal readers.

As Christmas approaches, many of us will look to head to a garden centre to experience a bit of festive cheer, but which is the best one to visit nearby?

We asked our readers on Facebook to decide exactly that, and here is what they concluded.

Top 5 garden centres to visit at Christmas near Salisbury

Whitehall Garden Centre, Lacock, SN15 2LZ

Whitehall clinched the top spot, with an overwhelming number of readers commenting it as their favourite.

One reader said: "Whitehall. No competition."

This year, Whitehall is throwing a 'Family Fun Weekend' on December 2 and December 3, which includes reindeer food making and Christmas card making.

This, alongside their Christmas display and mountain of items for sale, makes for a great day out this Christmas.

Wilton House Garden Centre, Salisbury, SP2 0BJ 

Wilton House was voted in second place.

This garden centre offers a wide range of trees, plants and outdoor products, and has a number of festive activities this Christmas.

One of which is the 'Christmas Afternoon Tea' at the Origins Restaurant, perfect for a quick pit stop while you browse through the merchandise.

One reader was keen to praise the garden centre for its Christmas selection, she said: "They do nice trees there."

Hillier, Weyhill, SP11 8ED

Third on the list is The Hillier Garden Centre in Weyhill, formerly known as Rosebourne, which is famed for its foodhall.

Slightly further afield, but readers argue it is worth the journey.

One reader said: "Great foodhall and everything xmas. Worth going that bit further"

The perfect place to find Christmas decorations and enjoy a bite to eat, it's worth checking this garden centre out this Christmas.

Haskins Garden Centre, Southampton, SO18 3HW

Again, further afield, but highly suggested by readers is Haskins.

Part of a successful chain of garden centres, the Southampton branch is the closest and was voted fourth by our readers.

Some readers simply commented: "Haskins" in response to our question, and it is clear to see why.

This year, the garden centre has a huge display of festive items and even serves a 'luxury pie and mash' - perfect for late-night Christmas shopping

Sherborne Castle, Sherborne DT9 5NR

Readers chose the garden centre next to Sherborn Castle as the fifth best nearby.

One reader said: "The best by far is the garden centre next to Sherborne Castle! Easy to get to and well worth a visit!"

With a wide range of plants and decorations, it's worth a visit this Christmas.