Places to visit near Petersfield: To help you make the most of your stay with us, we have compiled a list of local places of interest which we think are worth a visit. All attractions are within 15 miles of Langrish House.
Also see Visit South East England’s “48 Hours in Hampshire South Downs” with it’s Top 5 Must See Places. Langrish House is ideally placed for all these attractions.
Butser Hill National Nature Reserve
Butser Hill National Nature Reserve and the highest point on the south downs. 1,400 acres of open access woodland and downland within the East Hampshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Queen Elizabeth Country Park
Queen Elizabeth Country Park is Hampshire’s biggest country park with 20 miles of trails for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Ashford Hangers National Nature Reserve
These ‘hangers’ (woods growing on the sides of steep hills) are an important landscape feature of the Petersfield area in east Hampshire. Access to the reserve is difficult as it can only be reached by narrow lanes, or unmade tracks.
Old Winchester Hill National Nature Reserve
Old Winchester Hill is a National Nature Reserve on the South Downs just east of the village of Warnford in the Meon Valley. It is also the site of an Iron Age hill fort with many prehistoric features still visible, such as earthworks, barrows and tumuli.
Beacon Hill National Nature Reserve
Beacon Hill NNR is a prominent chalk hill at the western end of the South Downs.
Uppark belongs to the National Trust. This gem on the South Downs, rescued after a major fire in 1989, houses an elegant Georgian interior with a famous Grand Tour collection, which includes paintings, furniture and ceramics.
Oates Memorial & Gilbert White Museum
Home of 18th century naturalist Reverend Gilbert. He lived at The Wakes in the village of Selborne and it was here that he wrote the fabulously popular ‘Natural History of Selborne’. The Wakes has been restored as a museum dedicated to White’s life and works and there are displays relating to the expeditions of Victorian explorer Frank Oates and polar explorer Captain Lawrence Oates.
Hinton Ampner Garden
National Trust. Hinton Ampner is best known for its magnificent gardens. The elegant country house was remodelled by Ralph Dutton, the 8th and last Lord Sherborne, in 1960 after a devastating fire, and contains his collection of Georgian and Regency furniture, Italian pictures and objets d’art. The gardens were also laid out by Ralph Dutton and are widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of 20th-century design.
Battle of Cheriton 1644
Access to the battlefield is via an excellent network of footpaths, lanes and minor roads. These enable the visitor to gain a good understanding of the physical topography of this landscape, from the conjectural Royalist and Parliamentary positions on both sites. There is a battle monument on the traditional site. Royalist prisoners from this battle were brought to Langrish and made to dig the vaults – now a cosy area for dining or just sitting at Langrish House!
Staunton Country Park
Explore acres of ancient woodland and beautifully landscaped parkland at the award winning Staunton Country Park. You can escape to another age as you discover mysterious follies in these idyllic surroundings.
Stansted Park is an Edwardian ‘upstairs-downstairs’ house in 1800 acres of ancient forest. It overlooks the coast from the South Downs, on the borders of Hampshire and Sussex. The House, chapel, state rooms and the fully furnished servants’ quarters are open from April to September.
Jane Austen’s House
The novelist Jane Austen is known worldwide for her popular novels describing the society of pre-industrial England. She spent the last eight years of her life here at Chawton in the 17th century house which is now preserved in her memory.
Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop’s Palace) is a Norman stone keep and bailey fortress, the chief residence of the Bishops of Winchester. Its extensive ruins are one of the greatest medieval buildings in England.
Hollycombe Steam Collection
Hollycombe is home to a unique collection of steam powered fun fair rides, railways, traction engines, traditional farm and sawmill.
Curtis Museum, Alton
The Curtis Museum houses one of the finest local history collections in Hampshire, exploring 100 million years of history displays include prehistoric tools, Roman pottery reconstruction, Saxon burials, the Battle of Alton 1643, the notorious tale of Sweet Fanny Adams and Hop picking and brewing.
Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve
Situated a few miles north west of Chichester in West Sussex, Kingley Vale contains one of the finest yew forests in western Europe. There are trees here which are perhaps the oldest living things in Britain.
Find out about grape growing and the making of award winning wines at Wickham Vineyard. Enjoy a free tasting and experience the culinary delights of Vatika Restaurant run by Michelin star and celebrity chef Atul Kochhar.
Grange Park Opera, Northington
Founded in 1997, Grange Park Opera has quickly established itself as one of the jewels in the opera calendar. For a schedule of performances click here.
Intech 2000 Millennium Site, Winchester
An interactive science centre that presents science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a form that is attractive, interesting and easier to understand. With 100 hands-on exhibits, a 200-seat auditorium and an equipment library, INTECH is an exciting centre for all ages. www.intech-uk.com
West Dean Gardens
A place of tranquillity and beauty in the rolling South Downs, West Dean features a restored walled kitchen garden with some of the finest Victorian glasshouses in the country. Carefully trained fruit trees, rows of vegetables and exotic fruit and flowers contrast with rustic summerhouses, a 300ft Edwardian pergola and ornamental borders in the extensive grounds.
Marwell Zoological Park
A visit to Marwell Wildlife is a chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world – and play a big part in helping to save them. From ring-tailed coatis to red-eyed tree frogs, laughing kookaburra to frilled lizards, giraffe-nosed catfishes to bat-eared foxes – the 140-acre park is home to over 250 exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings.
Cowdray Ruins, Midhurst
The partly restored ruins of the grand Tudor manor house of Cowdray House. The House is located in a magnificent setting which is made even more wonderful (if that could be possible) by the landscaping of the legendary Capability Brown.
The most impressive and best-preserved of the Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ forts, Portchester Castle was originally built in the late 3rd century. An exhibition in the keep interprets the history of the castle and Portchester village and displays finds excavated on site.
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
The leading museum of historic buildings in England. Wander amongst a fascinating collection of historic buildings dating from the 13th to the 19th century in 40 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside. Enjoy period gardens, farm animals and woodland walks.
Holy Trinty, Bosham
The Church of The Holy Trinity, Bosham, is one of the earliest churches in Sussex and there is documented evidence to show that there was a small Christian community in Bosham in the 7th century, making it the oldest site of Christianity in Sussex.
Goodwood is most famous, of course, for its horse racing, especially the Glorious Goodwood meeting in July each year. But the other facilities at Goodwood have been invested in heavily in recent years and it is now a world class attraction. Goodwood House is a compact stately home with an interesting history. Guided tours are available.
It is impossible to adequately detail even a small portion of Winchester Cathedral’s history, the many changes it has undergone, and the wealth of treasures it contains. Many of the ancient Kings of England are buried here, alongside Saints, Bishops, and many notable `commoners’, such as Jane Austen and Izaac Walton.
Fishbourne Roman Palace
Fishbourne’s impressive remains came to light in 1960 when a new water main cut into the previously unsuspected foundations and mosaics. It proved to be one of the most important British archaeological discoveries of the century. Visitors can see many of the remains, including 20 spectacular mosaic floors in various stages of completeness.
The ruins of a 13th century Premonstratensian abbey, later converted into a Tudor mansion. The church was rebuilt as a grand turreted gatehouse. Information panels tell the story of the monastery and its conversion into a mansion.
Fort Brockhurst was one of a number of forts built in the 1850s and 1860s to protect Portsmouth and its vital harbour against a French invasion. Largely unaltered, the parade ground, gun ramps and moated keep can all be viewed.
Manor Farm Country Park
Covering an area of 400 acres, the park is a delightful mix of woodland, riverside and open space, offering a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Children will love meeting all the animals at Manor Farm, while anyone old enough to remember the washboard and mangle is sure to recall many a childhood memory in the charming Victorian farmhouse.
Royal Military Police Museum, Chichester
Opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Colonel in Chief, RMP on 7th June 2007. The RMP Museum is now housed “behind the wire” at the Defence College of Police and Guarding (DCPG). As a result, visits are strictly by appointment only. Once booked in for a visit, you will need to bring photo proof of identity.
Frensham Common comprises a large area of heathland, together with some coniferous and mixed woodland and two large ponds, known as Frensham Great and Frensham Little Ponds. The ponds were built in the middle ages to provide fish for the Bishop of Winchester’s Estate.
Birdworld & Underwater World, Farnham
Nestling within the Alice Holt Forest, Birdworld is one of the largest bird parks in the country. There are 26 acres to explore so make sure you allow plenty of time to see and experience everything it has to offer. From a huge Ostrich to tiny Sunbirds, Penguins, Owls, Parrots, Waterfowl and many other colourful species, you will find amazing birds from all around the world.
Haslemere Educational Museum
Haslemere Educational Museum is one of the largest Natural History Museums in central southern England with over 240,000 specimens, along with over 140,000 Human History artefacts from around the world.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
The Historic Dockyard is a great place to experience 800 years of naval history surrounded by working docks and historic buildings. Visit the world famous historic ships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860 and see the Mary Rose and Royal Naval Museums.