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Things to do


Alton is surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, and has a good number of attractions. There are a number of walks you can do in locality - here you can download the leaflets:

During the summer months, there are also regular Alton Guided Walks - guided tours of the town. These start at Alton Community Centre, located next to the Bank Car Park behind the High Street.

You can pick up the Jane Austen Trail, Jane Austen Town Walk and Exploring Alton leaflets free in Alton and Chawton. The Jane Austen Literary Walk is part of a pack of six literary walks that is on sale at local libraries and tourist information centres. We apologise for the similarity of the walk names. Just to confuse matters further, the Curtis Museum in Alton also has a 'Jane Austen Trail' around its ground floor exhibits.

If you would like to other things to do whilst you are in our corner of the world...


Chawton House Library (fine house & grounds)
Curtis Museum & Allen Gallery
Jane Austen’s House Museum
Watercress Line (Mid-Hants Railway) Steam trains

3 - 10 MILES (4.8 - 16KM) FROM ALTON
Alice Holt Forest
Bird World
Farnham Pottery
Gilbert White’s House & The Oats Collection
Lasham Gliding Club

10 - 20 MILES (16 - 32KM) FROM ALTON
Anvil Theatre - Basingstoke, Hampshire
Avington Park - Itchen Abbas, nr Alresford, Hampshire
Basing House - near Basingstoke, Hampshire
*The Grange EH (Wilkins) - Northington, nr Alresford, Hampshire
*Grange Park Opera (Wilkins) - Northington, nr Alresford, Hampshire
Grayshott Potery - nr Haslemere, Hampshire
Great Hall (Winchester Castle)
Guildhall Winchester
Hinton Ampner NT - nr Alresford, Hampshire
Hollycombe Steam Collection - nr Liphook, Hampshire
Milestones museum of living history - Basingstoke, Hampshire
Rural Life Centre - Tilford, nr Farnham, Surrey
Theatre Royal Winchester
Uppark NT - near Petersfield, Hampshire
The Vyne NT - near Basingstoke, Hampshire
Watts Gallery - Compton, nr Godalming & Guildford
Winchester Cathedral
Winchester City Mill NT
Winchester City Museum
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
Yvonne Aarnaud Theatre - Guildford, Surrey

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre - near Arundel
Fort Nelson (Royal Armouries) - near Porchester
*Sir John Soane's Museum (Soane) - Lincoln's Inn Fields, London (well-known Regency-era architect)
Dr Johnson's House - off Fleet Street, London
Porchester Castle - near Portsmouth
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Turner's House - Twickenham, London
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum - near Chichester

*Examples of Regency Architecture (See Regency Architecture page for more places to visit)
NT = National Trust    EH = English Heritage
Regency-era architects: Nash, Soane, Wilkins


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South Downs National Park
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