For history lovers, the Curtis Museum has one of the finest local history collections in Hampshire, housing impressive Anglo Saxon and Roman artifacts as well as a childhood gallery packed with toys, books and dolls from the 18th century. Literary lovers will also enjoy the nearby village of Chawton, famously home of Jane Austen.
Charters are also located in the cathedral city of Winchester and other thriving market towns of Alresford and Farnham. These locations are well positioned to reach the coast, as indeed they also are to reach many major towns such as Basingstoke and Reading to the north, and Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth to the south. It is also well worth noting the myriad of pretty villages and beautiful countryside that Hampshire has to offer. Although all locations are within comfortable reach of the London airports, they are just short journeys from the airports at Southampton and Bournemouth, providing both domestic, and an increasing number of international flights. Should flying not appeal, you can always reach the continent by sea from either Portsmouth or Southampton. Both Winchester and Alton have fast and frequent railway services to London Waterloo, with the journeys taking approximately 55 minutes.
Discover Britain's most-loved writer. Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire is the only house where Jane lived and wrote which is open to the public as a museum.Website
Selborne and its surrounding landscape inspired Gilbert White’s life-long investigation of the natural world, culminating in his world-famous book The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. Gilbert White’s story is told within the walls of his family home and his unique 18th century garden. The later extensions to the house host the Oates Collections, celebrating two very different explorers of the natural world.Website
Local and natural history, local crafts. Dolls and houses, Victorian toys.Website
The 11th Century St Lawrence Church was part of the Battle of Alton, a skirmish in the civil war. Royalists were surprised by a Parliamentary force and were beaten back to the church where they set up defences.Website
Experience the steam trains running along the edge of the South Downs National Park, nicknamed for its early role in transporting this locally grown crop to the markets in London and beyond.Website
26 acres of beautiful grounds housing an impressive bird collection, aquarium and children’s farm.Website
An internationally respected research and learning centre for the study of early women’s writing from 1600 to 1830. Access to the library’s unique collection is for the benefit of scholars and the general public alike. Set in the quintessentially English manor house that once belonged to Jane Austen’s brother, Edward; the library, house and gardens – plus an always fascinating calendar of events – make Chawton House Library a very special and memorable place to visit and enjoy.Website
There are so many wonderful choices of establishments and environments. These are some of our favourites.
British / European Restaurant serving freshly cooked seasonal dishes from locally sourced produce.Website
Tucked away in the heart of Hampshire’s rolling green, a true country pub at heart. You’ll always find the bar stocked with great local ales and wines and menus brimming with the finest British seasonal ingredients. Whether dining in the cosy restaurant or bar, soaking up the rays in our garden in the summer or resting your head in our cottage-style rooms, you’ll always find a warm welcome.Website
Prezzo Alton occupies a welcoming, characterful building in the heart of this old market town. In addition to its bright modern interior, this restaurant boasts an attractive outdoor seating area where guests can dine al fresco.Website
Set in glorious Hampshire countryside, (the pub is opposite one of the most picturesque cricket pitches ever seen; going through the gate is like entering a fantasy world). Lower Wield is 20 minutes drive from Winchester, Basingstoke and Alton and 5 minutes from Four Marks, but it is still very much in the countryside. The birds chirp and the sheep baaaa with just the occasional car. Beautiful peace.Website
Homely, relaxed and inviting, this is a gem of a small pub.Website
A little corner of Italy in the heart of Alton. A family run business with freshly prepared Italian dishes and cakes and a friendly atmosphere, where all are welcome!Website
Cask ales and global comfort food in quaint and cosy inn with terrace overlooking the village green.Website
A public house since the 1700's and proud to
be a part of Alton's history.
16th-century village inn serving classic pub fare amid rustic, exposed beam and brickwork interiors.Website
Hidden away down a little lane on the edge of Bentworth village, a very pretty, flower-adorned and unspoilt rural free-house dating back to the 16th century.Website
Family-run rural coaching inn with rooms, 3 miles from Jane Austen's House Museum and 7 miles from Birdworld.Website
Country house hotel set in the idyllic market town of Alton offering good quality en-suite accommodation, excellent conference and meeting facilities and is well renowned as a wedding venue. Excellent restaurant, bar area and relaxing lounges for residents and guests to enjoy.Website
An award winning 4-star B&B in a converted church in Alton.Website
Dating from 1777, the Swan hotel is an iconic timepiece, set in the old market town of Alton. Originally the home of pioneering English naturalist and ornithologist Gilbert White, the hotel is an impressive piece of architecture which complements the surrounding countryside. The Swan draws inspiration from the Jane Austen era, both Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice were written here.Website