Alton has many attractions, including Benedictine Monastery Alton Abbey, the Curtis Museum, The Allen Gallery, site of the concluding action of the Battle of Alton St Lawrence Church and much more.
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An intimate setting for one of the south’s most outstanding collections of ceramics
The Allen Gallery hosts an impressive and varied selection of pottery, porcelain and tiles dating from 1250 to the present day.
A Benedictine Monastery in the Church of England, in the beautiful village of Beech
Alton Abbey has been described in The Times as "the best-kept secret in the Church of England" and "the place to go when you need six weeks holiday but can only spare a day."
Bringing to life the context within which women writers lived and worked
Chawton House foster research and understanding of early women writers, restoring them to their rightful place in the history of English literature and enabling them to speak directly to – and inspire – future generations.
One of the finest local history collections in Hampshire
The Curtis Museum in Alton is home to one of the finest local history collections in Hampshire, exploring 100 million years of the region’s past.
Gilbert White's House
The beautifully restored house and gardens of local natural history hero Gilbert White
If you fancy a day out and want to visit somewhere a bit different, then why not try the beautifully restored house and gardens of local natural history hero Gilbert White. There is a museum, fascinating historic collections and educational activities for the whole family.
Jane Austen's House Museum
Step into Jane Austen's home
Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire is the only house where Jane Austen lived and wrote that is open to the public. It is the most treasured Austen site in the world.
St Lawrence Church
The Church of St Lawrence, Alton is an Anglican parish church
The Church is a Grade I listed building and is notable both for the range of its architecture and for being the site of the concluding action of the Battle of Alton during the English Civil War.
The Watercress Line
A preserved steam railway in the heart of Hampshire
The Mid Hants Railway, affectionately known as the 'Watercress Line', is a heritage railway saved from extinction by a band of enthusiastic volunteers. They raised enough money to re-open the line as a visitor attraction from Alresford to Ropley in 1977 and eventually to Alton by 1985.