We'll be building up a list of places of interest local to White Hart - Alton, Hampshire that registered users can rate. This will help visitors to the area find the best places to go and might even provide some inspiration for us locals too. If you want more information on any of these, why not pop in and see us - we might have some further literature, advice or even discount tickets for some of them.
An intimate setting for 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. There is the comfortable coffee lounge, and charming walled garden provides a peaceful retreat in the middle of Alton
Are you looking for a way to unwind and relax from the pressures of everyday life? Then why not join us on the John Pinkerton II for a cruise in the peaceful surroundings of the Basingstoke Canal. At less than 3 mph, there is plenty of time to admire the passing countryside, spot the deer in the fields, and count the young ducklings and goslings. You may even see the bright flash of a kingfisher darting ahead of the boat, or the majestic flight of a heron circling round to return to its favourite bank to continue fishing.
We run public trips mostly from our base at Colt Hill wharf, Odiham, which last between 2 to 2½ hours, either eastwards towards Winchfield, or to the west and Greywell and Odiham (King John’s) Castle (the direction determined by the skipper). A family ticket for two adults and two children is great value at £25.
The John Pinkerton II is wholly owned by The Basingstoke Canal Society (a registered charity). The operating company is John Pinkerton Canal Cruises Ltd, and the crew are all trained volunteers.
The bar is open on all cruises, and you can purchase coffee, tea, drinks, and light refreshments. Souvenirs are available to help you remember the occasion.
All proceeds from the trip boat go directly to safeguarding the Basingstoke Canal for the future.
Beaulieu is an award winning attraction set in the heart of the New Forest National Park.
One great value ticket grants access to all the Beaulieu attractions. With over 250 vehicles the National Motor Museum tells the story of motoring on our roads and racetracks. Re-live memorable challenges in World of Top Gear – and see exclusive behind-the scenes footage featuring the stars of the show. Experience the Victorian splendour of Palace House as costumed guides give you a flavour of life `below stairs`. Stroll through the grounds & gardens and explore the tranquil ruins of Beaulieu Abbey, which houses an exhibition on the monks that once lived and worked here. Ride the Monorail for sweeping views of the park, and uncover the covert role played by Beaulieu during World War Two in the Secret Army Exhibition…. And much more besides, a great family day out!
Beaulieu is located within easy reach of the popular tourist destinations of Bournemouth, Southampton and Winchester.
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.
One of the finest local history collections in Hampshire, exploring 100 million years of history Displays include prehistoric tools, Roman pottery reconstruction, Saxon burials, the Battle of Alton 1643, the notorious tale of Sweet Fanny Adams and hop picking and brewing.
Gilbert White's House & The Oates Collections
Come and enjoy a special day out at this fascinating and most original museum which celebrates important individuals in the exploration of the natural world, set in a village surrounded by countryside designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Having paid full admission, guests can enjoy free visits to the museum, except for special events days, for a whole year. View the House and Museum, go for a walk around the delightful gardens and through the Park to see the follies, take tea in the Parlour and shop in the old billiard room.
Time and energy permitting, walk up the famous Gilbert White’s Zig Zag path through the hanging beech woods, return and tour the grounds. Or just sit and look at one of the most delightful views in the South of England.
Grange Park Opera
Founded in 1998, Grange Park Opera has quickly established itself as one of the major music festivals in Europe’s operatic summer season. As Fiona Maddocks of The Observer has noted “Grange Park continues its unstoppable progress.”
The season runs for seven weeks, with four productions that are staged in a 550-seat theatre (with red velvet seats from the old Covent Garden ) built within the 19th century orangery.
Guildford's Yvonne Arnauld Theatre
Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, under the Directorship of James Barber, is a busy producing and receiving house creating shows in Guildford and touring nationally with many transferring to the West End. On both the Main Stage and in the Mill Studio an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary work is staged by new, lesser-known and established writers.
Jane Austen's House Museum
On your visit to Jane Austen's House Museum, you will be able to explore the house where Jane Austen lived and wrote.
The cottage itself houses our collection of Jane Austen artefacts whilst retaining the charms of the early 19th century home that Jane would have known.
Visit the bakehouse and kitchen where the domestic side of life was managed by the ladies of the house.
Enjoy the peaceful English cottage garden and imagine Mrs. Austen in her smock digging up the potatoes (much to her daughters' embarrassment). You are welcome to bring your own food and picnic in the garden (well behaved dogs on leads are also welcome in the garden only).
A visit to Marwell Zoo is a chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world – and play a big part in helping to save them. From ring-tailed coatis to majestic giraffes, endangered tigers to frilled lizards, curious meerkats to pygmy hippos – our 140-acre park is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Featuring the NEW Mary Rose Museum and world famous ships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860, plus NEW for April 2014, HMS Alliance, the only remaining WW2 era British ocean going submarine.
Also including the National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth, Action Stations and Harbour Tours, there's plenty to see and do. Discover a great family day out at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Situated within a working Naval Base, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the only place in the world to see the Royal Navy past, present and future - a must see for anyone visiting the south of England.
South Downs National Park
From rolling hills to bustling market towns, the South Downs National Park’s landscapes cover 1,600km2 of breathtaking views and hidden gems. A rich tapestry of wildlife, landscapes, tranquillity and visitor attractions, weave together a story of people and place in harmony.
Discover the white cliffs of Seven Sisters, rolling farmland, ancient woodland and lowland heaths or enjoy our ‘picture perfect’ villages, traditional country pubs or flourishing vineyards. Let the South Downs National Park subtly seduce you.
The Watercress Line
Celebrate our 150th year with us and let the train take the strain as you sit back, relax and travel through the heart of the English countryside. Whether you are taking a trip down memory lane or creating new ones, it’s the perfect way to unwind and experience the nostalgic sights, sounds and smells of steam travel from a bygone age.
Our fares give you all day unlimited travel, so you can enjoy the slower pace of life as you explore each of our four period stations along the ten mile route, the engineering workshops and the nearby towns all on one ticket.
Running along the edge of the South Downs National Park in Hampshire, you can join us at the Alton end of the line (which also gives access to the mainline train, just an hour from London Waterloo). This bustling market town has a delightful mix of historic buildings and modern shops, with its own Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery and links to Jane Austen’s House in nearby Chawton.
Winchester - England's ancient capital
England’s ancient capital and former seat of King Alfred the Great.
The perfect English city on the edge of the South Downs National Park, Winchester combines cosmopolitan elegance with rural idyll.
Why not spend some time exploring this vibrant city, rich in culture and heritage?
Winchester is packed with historic buildings, monuments and musuems - all within a short walking distance of each other and just waiting to be explored.