Alton is a bustling market town with a delightful mix of historic buildings and modern shops. Local attractions include the following:
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. The museum is open most of the year and there is an admission charge.
150 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. The Watercress Line also holds special events throughout the year.
Jane Austen’s House
The house in Chawton is naturally regarded as Jane’s literary home she led a quieter life and resumed her writing. Often she would shop in Alton where her brother Henry, a London banker, has a branch bank at No 10 High Street. The opening hours are between 10:30 – 4:30pm daily.
Admission is free and the Curtis Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm. Just a short walk from the Alton House Hotel and well worth the visit. History displays include prehistoric tools, Roman pottery reconstruction, Saxon burials, Battle of Alton 1643, the notorious tale of Sweet Fanny Adams and hop pick and brewing.
There is a lot more in and around Alton and our staff are happy to let you know of events happening such as market day on Tuesdays, walking tours, location of Fanny Adams’ grave, Victorian cricket and other annual events.