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.

Museums & Galleries

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

HMS Victory at the Historic Dockyard
HMS Victory at the Historic Dockyard

Whitchurch Silk Mill – visit this historic working silk mill to see how silk was and is still made.

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

Weald & Downland Living Museum – specialising in saving and preserving historic houses and buildings, you’ll have a fantastic day out at this fascinating museum. Located near Chichester.

Weald & Downland Living Museum
Weald & Downland Living Museum

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. Located in Hampshire’s New Forest.

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. Located near Ramsey.

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. Located in the New Forest.

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

Gardens at Hinton Ampner
Gardens at Hinton Ampner

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.

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.

Southsea Castle
Southsea Castle

Check out our Local Area pages for more ideas for days out.