Soak up some culture and immerse yourself in history at the many historic attractions to visit in Hampshire … and only a short drive from Wallops Wood. Famous writers and naturalists have lived in Hampshire over the centuries and the county has a rich historic heritage. With oodles of military history, the area is sprinkled with National Trust houses and cathedrals. While staying at Wallops Wood, take the opportunity to discover traditional lifestyles and customs at these fascinating locations.
Mottisfont is a historic National Trust house about 25 miles from Wallops Wood. Famous for its roses in the summer, there are large gardens with plenty of walks you can take around the grounds. The house is an 18th-century building with a medieval priory at its heart, and was transformed into a comfortable, neo-classical home in the 1930s. Find out more about visiting.
Hinton Ampner is just 20 minutes from Wallops Wood. The house is originally Georgian, dating back to the late 18th century. However, it was devastated by a fire in 1960 with many years of restoration taking place thereafter. While you’re there take a walk around the extensive grounds and take in the wonderful views. Find out more.
Uppark Just over the border in West Sussex and close to Petersfield, Uppark is another National Trust property. The house offers an insight into 18th century life in a fine country house, decorated with French furniture, Dutch porcelains and Italian paintings. The servants quarters and tunnels tell the story of life below stairs. Similar to Hinton Ampner, Uppark suffered a fire in 1989 and has since been fully restored. The grounds offer meadows, gardens and woodland with plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Find out more about visiting.
Jane Austen’s House is located in Chawton, about 30 minutes from Wallops Wood. This where she lived and wrote six of her novels. A visit to the house will take you back in time to 1816 and follow Jane’s footsteps. Explore her home, see the rooms where she composed her books, discover objects that belonged to her and wander around the beautiful cottage garden. Find out more and opening times.
Gilbert White’s House is where the pioneering naturalist lived in the 18th century. Selborne and its surrounding landscape inspired Gilbert White’s life-long investigation of the natural world, culminating in his world-famous book ‘The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne’. Inside the house you can also find the collections of Frank Oates, explorer and naturalist and Lawrence Oates who was part of the fateful Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole. After visiting the house, spend time in the beautiful gardens and take in the views. Find out more about visiting the house & garden.
One of the most famous attractions in the area, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard offers a fantstic day out. Take in HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose. Plus Actions Stations, Harbour Tours and your ticket also gives you access to the Submarine Museum and the Explosion Museum in Gosport. Find out more.
Located near Portsmouth, Portchester Castle is one of the nation’s best preserved ‘Saxon shore’ forts. Built in the 3rd century, the castle’s location has made it a major factor in the Solent’s defences for hundreds of years. Make the most of the wide open grounds and castle courtyard, and enjoy the views across the Solent. Find out more about booking tickets.
Fort Nelson is home to the Royal Armouries’ national collection of artillery and historic cannon. The museum houses over 700 pieces of artillery from across the world and spanning 600 years of history. You can also explore the fully restored Victorian fort with its high ramparts, original fortifications, massive parade ground and underground tunnels. Find out more.
The city of Winchester is just 20 minutes from Wallops Wood and offers plenty of historic attractions. From the Cathedral dating back to the 11th Century, to The Great Hall, which contains the greatest symbol of medieval mythology, King Arthur’s Round Table, and is all that now remains of Winchester Castle. King Alfred the Great’s statue is a landmark of Winchester at the bottom of the Broadway. You’ll also find Winchester City Mill, a working watermill in the heart of Winchester, owned by the National Trust. With a history of over 1000 years, Winchester City Mill is probably the oldest working watermill in the UK. You can see the mill in action and learn how traditional stoneground wholemeal flour is produced.