Situated at the source of the River Wey and enjoying a rural backdrop at the gateway to the South Downs National Park, Alton is known by many as “Jane Austen Country” with its close ties to its charming neighbouring parish of Chawton home to Jane Austen’s House Museum and Chawton Library.
The largest settlement in East Hampshire, the town also has its own heritage attraction the Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line as well as being well known for the civil war Battle of Alton in 1643, the murder of Fanny Adams in 1867 and also home to the Allen Gallery and Curtis Museum.
Staying within the town, visitors will find a variety of shops from national chain stores to local independent retailers. When it comes to dining out and socialising, Alton offers a wide choice of cafes, restaurants, bars and quintessentially English pubs to choose from, all located within easy walking distance of the town centre.
With plenty to see and do in and around Alton, the town serves as a convenient base to explore the local area. With so many villages within a few miles of Alton, visitors can take in the breath-taking views and the rich heritage of the region, and also sample the diverse range of locally produced food and drink which can also be experienced at the Alton Farmers’ Market every second Saturday of the month in the High Street.
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