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Stately Homes & Gardens in Hampshire

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

There are grand stately homes in Hampshire such as Stansted Park set in glorious parkland, as well as the more intimate surroundings of Jane Austen's home at Chawton near Alton and the 18th century house at Houghton Lodge on the banks of the River Test, a popular TV and film location.

Stratfield Saye House became the Duke of Wellington's country estate in 1817 after his victory at Waterloo, and naturalist Rev. Gilbert White's House and gardens can be visited in the charming village of Selborne.

Iconic Hampshire Gardens

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

Queen Eleanor's Garden at the Great Hall in Winchester is a charming re-creation of a medieval herbarium sanctuary, while The Vyne near Basingstoke offers over a thousand acres of gardens and parkland to enjoy, together with five centuries of history.

The National Trust

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

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  1. Manor Farm Country Park

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    Manor Farm Country Park

    Bursledon, Southampton

    Covering an area of 400 acres, Manor Farm Country Park is a delightful mix of woodland, riverside and open space. Situated conveniently just off the junction 8 of the M27, the park is located on the banks of the picturesque river Hamble.

  2. Staunton Country Park

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    Staunton Country Park


    Discover tropical glasshouses, gardens, friendly farm animals and 1000 acres of parkland with follies. Walks and cycle trails, all in Sir George Staunton's 19thC Regency landscape.

  3. Royal Victoria Country Park

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    Royal Victoria Country Park


    Once the site of one of the largest Victorian military hospitals. Royal Victoria Country Park is set in 200-acres of parkland overlooking Southampton Water.

  4. Paultons Theme Park Home of Peppa Pig World

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    Paultons Theme Park Home of Peppa Pig World


    Paultons Family Theme Park Home of Peppa Pig World offers a great family day out with over 60 different attractions and rides included in the price!

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    Sir Harold Hillier Gardens


    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.

  6. Go Ape!

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    Go Ape Tree Top Adventure - Alice Holt

    Near Farnham

    Go Ape Alice Holt

    Days out at Go Ape are about living life more adventurously, having fun with friends and family and getting in touch with your inner Tarzan (he’s in there, we promise).

    Go Ape offers two to three hours of tree top fun. It’s a great way to get outdoors and have some fun. We...

  7. 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.

  8. Gilbert White's House

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    Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection


    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.

  9. Queen Elizabeth Country Park

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    Queen Elizabeth Country Park


    Fourteen hundred acres of downland and woodlands situated in south east Hampshire. Waymarked trails. Programme of events and activities. Visitor Centre, shop and cafe.

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    Cycle Tours UK


    Cycle Tours UK invites you to try bicycle touring as a fresh approach to a healthy holiday. Cycle Tours UK offers guided customised cycle tours for pampered peddlers.