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New Forest Walking Festival

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18/10/14-02/11/14

Christmas Wonderland at Paultons Park

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15/11/14-16/11/14

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22/11/14-23/11/14

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29/11/14-30/11/14

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Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink

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Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink

20/11/14-04/01/15

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market

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20/11/14-21/12/14

Christmas at Marwell...be enchanted

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Christmas at Marwell...be enchanted

22/11/14-24/12/14

Stately Homes & Gardens in Hampshire

Hampshire has been home to some of Britain's greatest historical and literary figures - and the Hampshire houses and gardens in which they lived and walked are open for you to enjoy.

You’ll find some stunning gardens in Hampshire as well as stately homes with a rich and fascinating heritage.   

Gardens in Hampshire

Hampshire gardens are associated with some of the great names in gardening history, from the Rothschilds' azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias at Exbury Gardens to the prized collections of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near Romsey.

At Exbury you can smell the heady aromas and see the stunning colours of these glorious flowers as they burst into bloom in spring. 

At other times of the year you can explore Exbury’s many attractions, including its miniature steam railway, tree-lined walks, adventure playground and spectacular views of the Beaulieu River.

ExburySir Harold Hillier GardensQueen Eleanor's Garden, Winchester










At the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens you’ll discover amazing displays of different plants and habitats, including a Bog Garden, Winter Garden, Heather Garden, Hydrangea Walk, Himalayan Valley and Acer Valley.

There are art exhibitions, concerts, guided walks and children’s activities throughout the year and little ones will adore the exciting tree house.  

One of the other famous gardens in Hampshire is Mottisfont Abbey, near Romsey.

People flock to Mottisfont every summer to see its stunning rose garden, where you can delight the senses with an amazing variety of wonderfully perfumed roses in a range of vibrant colours and delicate hues.

There’s also a winter garden at Mottisfont, as well as a riverside walk which takes you on a tranquil and tree-lined stroll along the banks of the River Test. 

For more gardens in Hampshire, Queen Eleanor's Garden at the Great Hall in Winchester is a charming re-creation of a medieval herbarium sanctuary.

The Vyne near Basingstoke has 13 acres of relaxing gardens and parkland to enjoy along with five centuries of history.

Many gardens in Hampshire have cafes and tea rooms where you can treat yourself to delicious snacks, cakes and home-cooked food.

In Hampshire gardens there are also shops selling a tempting range of unusual gifts that you often won’t find elsewhere.

Mottisfont AbbeyHighclere CastleBeaulieu

Stately Homes in Hampshire

Among the grand stately homes in Hampshire, don’t miss Stansted Park, near Waterlooville, set in glorious parkland, as well as the more intimate surroundings of Jane Austen's home at Chawton.

The 18th century house at Houghton Lodge on the banks of the River Test is a popular TV and film location and naturalist Rev.

Gilbert White's House and gardens can be visited in the charming village of Selborne.

Walk in the footsteps of Lord and Lady Crawley, Lady Edith, Lady Mary and the staff below stairs at Highclere Castle and Gardens near Newbury, where the popular TV series Downton Abbey was filmed.

Stratfield Saye House, which became the Duke of Wellington's country estate in 1817 after his victory at Waterloo, is also well worth a visit.

The National Trust

Hampshire is well represented in the National Trust portfolio, including Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens, Uppark with its fine restored Georgian interiors, the formal gardens at Hinton Ampner and West Green House and Garden near Hook.

As well as its beautiful gardens, The Vyne near Basingstoke is a wonderfully preserved Tudor house with its original furniture still intact.

Further Recommendations

If you would like any further tourism recommendations during your stay in Hampshire then there are a variety of different Tourist Information Centres you can visit anytime where our friendly staff will be more than happy to help you out.

Some of the things you can expect from our Tourist Information Centres include:

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    Lavender Fields

    Selborne Road, Alton

    Welcome to Lavender Fields at Hartley Park Farm in the heart of the Hampshire countryside.

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    Longstock Park Water Garden

    Stockbridge

    Longstock Park Water Gardens near Stockbridge is one of the world’s finest water gardens. It is the setting for more than eighty different types of water lily as well as a wide variety of irises and orchids.

  3. West Green House Gardens

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    West Green House Gardens

    Hartley Wintney

    Quintessentially English manor house garden combining neo-classical style with flamboyant contemporary design and lavish planting.

  4. Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

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    Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

    Beaulieu

    World famous woodland garden, home to the Rothschil Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, rare trees and shrubs, with its own steam railway.

  5. Hospital of St Cross

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    Hospital of St Cross

    Winchester

    Medieval almshouses, church, ambulatory, Brethren's Hall and kitchen, Master's garden.

  6. Jane Austen's House Museum

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    Jane Austen's House Museum

    Near Alton

    The novelist Jane Austen is known worldwide for her popular novels describing the society of pre-industrial England.

  7. The Vyne

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    The Vyne

    Basingstoke

    A 16th-century house and estate and a treasure trove of history.

  8. Stansted House

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    Stansted House

    Rowland's Castle

    Stansted is one of the South's most beautiful stately homes set in 1750 acres of glorious parks and woodland. A great day out for all the family “so much to see and imagine!”

  9. Uppark House and Garden

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    Uppark House and Garden

    Petersfield

    A fine late 17th Century National Trust house and its treasures set high on the South Downs with magnificent views. Extensive servants' rooms shown as they were in 1874 when H.G. Wells' mother was housekeeper.

  10. Mottisfont Abbey Garden, House and Estate National Trust

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    Mottisfont Abbey Garden, House and Estate

    nr Romsey

    With a tributary of the River Test flowing through, the garden forms a superb setting for the 12thC priory.

  11. Gilbert White's House

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    Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection

    Selborne

    Historic house and garden, home of Gilbert White, author of 'The Natural History of Selborne'. Exhibition on Frank Oates, explorer and Capt Lawrence Oates of Antarctic fame.

  12. Beaulieu National Motor Museum

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    Beaulieu National Motor Museum

    Beaulieu

    Beaulieu featuring the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House home of the Montagu family and Abbey Ruins containing an exhibition of monastic life.

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    Breamore House and Museum

    Fordingbridge

    Breamore House was completed in 1583 and looks today much as it would have done to its’ original owners. The museum shows collections of agricultural and trade tools covering 10 generations and used until early 20th Century.

  14. Queen Eleanor's Garden

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    Queen Eleanor's Garden

    Winchester

    Queen Eleanors' Garden is a medieval herb garden located behind the historic Great Hall.

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    Stratfield Saye House

    Reading

    Home of the Dukes of Wellington since 1817. Unique collection of paintings, furniture and personal effects of the Great Duke, including his magnificent funeral carriage, military regalia and campaign trophies.

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    Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

    Romsey

    Open all year. Over 42,000 plants set within a 180 acres garden paradise. Children's play features include tree house, flying carpet swing and bamboo tunnels. One of Europe’s largest Winter Gardens. Excellent restaurant. Children free.

  17. Houghton Lodge

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    Houghton Lodge Gardens

    Stockbridge

    A haven of peace above the tranquil beauty of the River Test. Grade II* Gardens with fine trees surround an enchanting and unique example of an 18th Century “Cottage Orne”.

  18. Hinton Ampner House and Garden

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    Hinton Ampner House and Garden

    Alresford

    Best known for its fine garden, Hinton Ampner is an elegant country house with an outstanding collection of furniture, paintings and objets d'art.