Founded in 1895 on land known as Kingswood Corpse the Abbey is located just four miles outside Alton. The lovely and most peaceful gardens are open for visitors anytime during daylight. The Abbey is an Anglican Benedictine Monastery known for assisting and caring for destitute and distressed seamen in past years.
The house has undergone centuries of change and development as it passed through different hands, making it rich with quirky and fascinating features. Jane Austen whose brother, Edward, inherited the house when distant family member, Thomas and Catherine Knight, made him their heir. The hose is located a short walk from Jane Austen’s house and is well worth a visit.
The Curtis Museum
The Curtis Museum located a short walk from the hotel has history displays which include prehistoric tools, Roman pottery reconstruction, Saxon burials, Battle of Alton 1643, the notorious tale of Sweet Fanny Adams, hop picking and brewing.
Gilbert White's House
In nearby Selborne is Gilbert White's House. Gilbert White is regarded by many as England's first ecologist. In 1789 he wrote 'The Natural History of Selborne' one of the greatest and influential history works of all time.
Jane Austen's House
The house in Chawton is regarded as Jane's literary home where she led a quieter life and resumed her writing. Often Jane would shop in Alton where her brother Henry, a London banker, had a branch bank at No 10 High Street.
Sweet Fanny Adams
Fanny Adams was a young child who was cruelly murdered in Flood Meadows, Alton, in 1867. Her murderer, Frederick Baker, was hanged at Winchester Gaol in front of a crowd of 5000 on Christmas Eve that year. Fanny’s grave and memorial lie in the old cemetery located off Old Odiham Road in Alton.
The Allen Gallery
An intimate setting for one of the outstanding collections of ceramics in the south of England. With over 3000 pieces in the museum the exceptional display of ceramics holds something of interest to all visitors. There is a coffee and tea lounge serving light snacks. Their walled garden provides a peaceful retreat. The Allen Gallery is located in the centre of town.
More than one hundred and fifty years old and still going strong. The Watercress Line runs along the edge of the South Downs National park between Alton and Alresford with stops at Ropley Station where you can enjoy a stroll or picnic. The fare gives you all day unlimited travel. Special events are held throughout the year.