Frensham Common is owned by the National Trust and is a site of special scientific interest. It covers about 1000 acres and comprises a large area of heathland together with some coniferous and mixed woodland. The two large ponds were built in the middle ages to provide fish for the Bishop of Winchester’s Estate.
Britain’s largest bird park and gardens with a tropical aquarium and children’s farm. Number one attraction is very often the penguin feeding which happens twice a day every day. There’s a daily feeding tour filled with fascinating and interesting facts about Birdworld’s birds of prey – the Owl Prowl. For younger visitors ‘Animal Encounters’ at the Jenny Wren Farm is a must.
Jane Austen’s House in Chawton
Set in the delightful village of Chawton is the house where Jane Austen wrote and revised many of her famous novels including Pride and Prejudice. The house is now a museum containing many interesting items of memorabilia and artefacts.
Alice Hotel Forest
An ancient forest with provided the opening scenes for the epic file ‘Gladiator’ and supplied oak for the replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Dating from the 12th Century the castle is one of the most important historical buildings in the south of England. The castle was the former home to the Bishop of Winchester.
Watercress Steam Railway
The watercress steam train runs along a ten mile stretch of railway from Alton to the picturesque town of Alresford.