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Things To Do

There is plenty of things to see and do in the area. There is a list of the most popular ones.


Gardens and Houses / Historic Towns and Landmarks / Leisure and Museums / Theatres / Local Walks

Gardens and Houses

Highclere Castle

Home of Earl and Countess of Carnavon and the television series Downton Abbey, this is the ultimate in high Victorian Exuberance. Open on various dates between Easter to September.

Mottisfont Gardens

A National Trust House surrounded by glorious gardens bordered by an almost magical stream running past towering ornamental trees.

Houghton Lodge Gardens

One of the most beautiful privately owned houses and gardens with fine trees and lawns sweeping down to the banks of the River Test.

Hillier Gardens

160 acres of gardens with 36000 plants originating from every continent.

Wilton House

Just 6 miles from Salisbury is the 16th Century home of Earl of Pembroke with its 17th century interiors, a world famous art collection and sculpture gallery. 22 acres of gardens are perfect for visitors to explore or relax in.

The Vyne

A very fine Tudor house with gardens in Basingstoke.

Jane Austen’s House

It is where she wrote and revised six of her great novels.


Britain’s most prehistoric monument with its new visitor centre and museum

Newbury Town

Modern shopping centre with cafes and canal walks, also home to Newbury Race Course.


A charming wide tree lined High Street with abundance of Antique Shops. It can be reached by a drive through beautiful countryside.


A lovely medieval town with its 700 year old cathedral.


For centuries the capital of England, Winchester possesses on of the longest cathedrals in Europe.
Historic Towns and Landmarks
Leisure and Museums

The Living Rainforest

Home to 700 species of animals and plants.

Museum of Army Flying

Experience more then 100 years of army flying from kites and balloons through both world wars.

Hawk Conservancy

Witness the magic of over 150 birds of prey with daily flying displays.

Whitchurch Silk Mill

The oldest working silk mill in the UK, discover how silk is made into fabulous cloth which can be bought at the Mill Shop.

Sandham Memorial Chapel

World famous chapel containing Stanley Spencer’s visionary paintings

The Lights

The Lights theatre is the hub of creative activity for the Andover area regularly hosting great shows.

Corn Exchange

Theatre and cinema, situated in the historic market place in the centre of Newbury with a mixed programme of theatre, dance, comedy, music and film.

The Watermill

Beautifully situated in the village of Bagnor, UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2014.
Local Walks

Around Hurstbourne Tarrant

4.5 miles long walk begins and ends at the Church of St Peter just 1 mile from Esseborne

Combe and Combe Gibbet

A beautiful 5 mile drive brings you to the peak of Combe Hill and one of the few remaining gibbets created for the punishments of crimes in 1767. The 5 mile walk around the peak offers spectacular views of 4 counties

Motoring Rambles

around Hampshire, Wiltshire and Test Valley Northern Parishes.