Local Attractions

Alton has many attractions, including Benedictine Monastery Alton Abbey, the Curtis Museum, The Allen Gallery, site of the concluding action of the Battle of Alton St Lawrence Church and much more.

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Allen Gallery

Allen Gallery

One of the South's most outstanding ceramics collection of English, continental and oriental pottery, porcelain and tiles from 1250 to the present day. Regular special exhibitions of art, crafts, photography, local and natural history, local artists and the delightful watercolours and oil paintings of W H Allen.

Alton Abbey

Alton Abbey

Alton Abbey is a Benedictine Monastery in the Church of England, in the beautiful Hampshire village of Beech, just outside Alton. It has been described in The Times as "the best-kept secret in the Church of England" and "the place to go when you need six weeks holiday but can only spare a day."

Birdworld

Birdworld

Nestling within the Alice Holt Forest, Birdworld is one of the largest bird parks in the country. From the massive Maribou Stork to tiny Sunbirds, Penguins, Owls, Parrots, Waterfowl and many other colourful species, they have amazing birds from all around the world.

Chawton House Library

Chawton House Library

Chawton House Library is 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.

Curtis Museum

Curtis Museum

One of the finest local history collections in Hampshire, exploring 100 million years of history. The wonderful array of objects includes the celebrated Roman cup found near Selborne and the impressive Anglo Saxon Alton buckle.

Gilbert White's House

Gilbert White's House

The Rev. Gilbert White (1720-1793) was author of the world famous 'Natural History of Selborne' and is regarded as England's first ecologist. He lived in The Wakes most of his life. The rooms have been furnished in the 18th century style and include items of his furniture, and portraits of his family.

Jane Austen's House Museum

Jane Austen's House Museum

Jane Austen is one of the most popular and important novelists that England has ever produced. The house at Chawton is where she spent the last eight years of her life. It is of international importance as the place where she did the majority of her mature writing.

St Lawrence Church

St Lawrence Church

The Church of St Lawrence, Alton is an Anglican parish church in Alton, Hampshire, England. A Grade 1 listed building, it is notable for the range of its architecture and for being the site of the concluding action of the Battle of Alton during the English Civil War.

The Watercress Line

The Watercress Line

The Mid Hants Railway, affectionately known as the 'Watercress Line', is a heritage railway saved from extinction by a band of enthusiastic volunteers. They raised enough money to re-open the line as a visitor attraction from Alresford to Ropley in 1977 and eventually to Alton by 1985.