Stately homes and gardens
Sherborne St John, near Basingstoke
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.
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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A Millennium of milling history. Rebuilt in 1744 on an earlier medieval site, the working watermill spans the River Itchen. Flour making demonstrations take place on Saturdays and Sundays.
Steam railway within 270-acre park with approximately 1 mile of running track. Six steam locos, 3 diesel locos. Playground, tearooms and toilets nearby.
Itchen Valley Country Park is an unspoilt area of water meadows, ancient woodland and grazing pasture situated beside the River Itchen, between Eastleigh and Southampton.
Sixty acres of lakes, meadow and young woodland situated between Eastleigh and Southampton with easy access.
Chawton, near Alton
Come and discover the beautiful countryside that inspired Jane Austen and take a peek inside her house where she lived and worked for 8 years.
Tichborne celebrities. Large ceramic display and delightful small garden. Temporary exhibition programme.
Wellington Country Park, between Reading and Basingstoke, offers an ideal destination for all the family, offering a safe, open air and beautifully landscaped venue.An ideal location for families with children up to the age of 10.
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.
Britain's largest Edwardian steam fairground, with several unique rides. Three steam railways, one ascending to spectacular views. Traction engine rides, steam farm.
A chalk escarpment 120m high, with spectacular views across the harbour to the Isle of Wight. The area is also a designated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).