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.
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.
Stately homes in Hampshire
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!”
With a tributary of the River Test flowing through, the garden forms a superb setting for the 12thC priory.
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.
Beaulieu featuring the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House home of the Montagu family and Abbey Ruins containing an exhibition of monastic life.
Queen Eleanors' Garden is a medieval herb garden located behind the historic Great Hall.
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.
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”.
Best known for its fine garden, Hinton Ampner is an elegant country house with an outstanding collection of furniture, paintings and objets d'art.
Quintessentially English manor house garden combining neo-classical style with flamboyant contemporary design and lavish planting.
World famous woodland garden, home to the Rothschil Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, rare trees and shrubs, with its own steam railway.
Medieval almshouses, church, ambulatory, Brethren's Hall and kitchen, Master's garden.
The novelist Jane Austen is known worldwide for her popular novels describing the society of pre-industrial England.
A 16th-century house and estate and a treasure trove of history.