Houses, Gardens & Museums to Visit in Hampshire

There’s no shortage of things to do close to Wallops Wood and around Hampshire with many attractions and places to visit for days out. These include museums, galleries, castles, houses and gardens – something for everyone to enjoy. Below is just a small selection of attractions to visit, more ideas can be found on the Visit Hampshire website.

Please check out the links to the attractions before you go as most need to be pre-booked in advance and opening hours may be limited due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Museums & Galleries

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – well worth the visit with plenty to see including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and The Mary Rose Museum. 

Whitchurch Silk Mill – a fascinating day out to see how silk was and still is made in this historic museum. 

Whitchurch Silk Mill

Gilbert White’s House – visit the house and garden of the pioneering naturalist and ecologist Gilbert White which includes many exhibits of natural history.

Weald & Downland Living Museum – a fabulous day out at this wonderful museum where you can visit many historic houses that have been saved and preserved.

Beaulieu National Motor Museum – there’s plenty here to keep you occupied all day from the vintage and historic cars on display at the museum, to the Abbey ruins, Palace House and the extensive grounds. 

Beaulieu National Motor Museum

Pallant House Gallery – Art gallery in Chichester featuring modern British art from 1900 onwards including art, sculpture and illustration. Exhibits change regularly.

Southampton City Art Gallery – enjoy exhibitions ranging from painting, sculpture and drawing, to photography and film, as well as permanent collection and displays that change regularly.

Castles, Houses & Gardens

Mottisfont – Beautiful National Trust house and garden with extensive grounds. The house has a gallery with regular exhibitions and a visit to the grounds is well worth visiting for the roses in summer.

Mottisfont House

Exbury Gardens – Exbury has 200 acres of stunning woodland landscape to explore. Visit these beautiful gardens over the summer while in full bloom, not forgetting a ride on the steam train. 

Hinton Ampner – another National Trust property local to Wallops Wood, the house and grounds make for a lovely day out.

Porchester Castle – originally built in the late 3rd century, Portchester Castle is the best preserved of the ‘Saxon shore’ forts. The castle’s location has made it a major factor in the Solent’s defences for hundreds of years.

Portchester Castle

Calshot Castle – an interesting and picturesque castle on the water close to Southampton. It is an artillery fort, built by Henry VIII to defend the sea passage to Southampton.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens – close to Romsey, the gardens were established to conserve, develop and exhibit their beautiful gardens and plant collection.

Longstock Park Water Garden – part of Waitrose’s Leckford Estate Farm, the water garden covers around six acres and was originally created during the early 1900s. It has been nurtured and developed to become one of the finest water gardens.

Longstock Park Water Garden