Other Attractions near Alresford

Attractions that are within a short drive of Alresford.

Jane Austen's House, Chawton, Nr Alton.

The house where Jane Austen lived and wrote most of her novels. Tel. 01420 83262. Jane Austen's House is a pleasant seventeenth century house in the pretty village of Jane Austen's House, Chawton Chawton in Hampshire not far from her birthplace of Steventon. The museum houses an attractive collection of items connected with Jane and her family. There is some of her jewellery, and examples of her needlework skill.

The pretty garden contains many varieties of plants and herbs common in the late 18th century and is still a peaceful spot. In the Old Bakehouse you will be able to see Jane's donkey carriage that she used when she was ill and too weak to travel far on foot. It has recently been refurbished and is used on special occasions.

Cassandra's Cup, named after Jane Austen's sister, is a delightful tea room just across the road.

Twyford Waterworks, Hazeley Road, TwyfordTwyford Waterworks.

Visit a complete Edwardian Waterworks set in the rolling Hampshire countryside.
Original architecturally interesting buildings.
Working 1914 Hathorn Davey Triple Expansion Steam Engine in original engine house.
Working 1916 Babcock Wilcox Water Tube Boiler (the oldest known working example) in original boiler house.
Working and static examples of electric and diesel pumping plant
Only surviving Lime Kilns and associated water softening plant in Hampshire.

INTECH - The South of England's hands-on interactive science and technology centre. Intech

A purpose built 3500 square metre, award winning, building houses 100 interactive exhibits, which demonstrate the science and technology of the world around us in an engaging and exciting way. It's 'hands-on', not 'hands-off'!

A great day out for the whole family. Open every day from 10:00am - 4:00pm

Gilbert White's House & The Oates Museum, Selborne

The House

The attractive village of Selborne and its beautiful countryside is famous for its association with the 18th century naturalist Gilbert White. In his book The Natural History of Selborne, he meticulously records his observations on the plants, birds and animals of this lovely part of Hampshire. The Reverend Gilbert White (1720-1793) is regarded as England's first ecologist. He lived at "The Wakes" most of his life. The rooms have been furnished in the 18th century style and include items of his furniture, beautifully embroidered bed hangings and portraits of his family. The original manuscript is also on display.

The Garden

The garden is gradually being restored but already established are his 'Quincunx', wooden ha-ha, alcove and 'Six Quarters' - beds to display many of the fascinating plants known to White. His brick path leads to the stone ha-ha, sundial and part of his fruit wall. Later additions include a spectacular laburnam arch, topiary and fragrant herb garden: all set against the backdrop of the magnificent beech-clad Selborne hanger.

The Oates Museum is devoted to the remarkable Oates family and in particular, Frank Oates, a Victorian explorer, and to Captain Lawrence Oates who accompanied Scott to the South Pole. There are illustrations and relics of both these adventures.

 

Ruins of Basing House, Basing, Nr. Basingstoke

The entrance to Basing houseBasing House the last, and one of the greatest castles, of England was preminate in Tudor times playing host to many monarchs. Destoyed and raised to the ground in 1644 during the Civil War visitors can see the extent of the two great houses, visit the exhibition and the restored garden.


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