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If a place of interest has a website the photograph will link you to it.
Longstock Park Water Garden
Open to the public on behalf of a charity on the first and third Sunday of the month, from April to September inclusive, from 2pm to 5pm. All proceeds go to the charity concerned. Most of the garden is accessible by wheelchair and guide dogs are welcome. No other dogs can be admitted.

Teas are provided by members of the three local churches, Longstock, Stockbridge and Leckford, at Longstock Park Nursery.

Website: http://www.longstockpark.co.uk

In 1870, Alfred and Arthur East, the owners of Longstock House, dedged gravel from the banks of the River Test in order to build a private road to the property, creating the lake in the process.

When the Easts sold the Longstock Estate in 1914, Reginald Beddington, the son of the new owner, decided to make an aesthetic feature of the water. In the 1920's, it was channelled into a central canal flanked by two small lakes and the margins were planted with perennial beds.

The garden as it is now was created by John Spedan Lewis, with the help of a botanist, when he acquired the estate in 1946. The water-logged soil meant all the work had to be done by hand, and it was ten years before the project was completed.

Longstock Park Nursery
Open Monday - Saturday (throughout the year) from 8:30am to 4:30pm, and Sunday (April to October) from 11am to 5pm, and Sunday (November to March) from 11am to 4pm.

Visit the website and try the on-line search. Enter the name of the plant you are looking for and wait for the result.

Website: http://www.longstockpark.co.uk

The Museum of Army Flying
Open to the public daily from 10am until 4:30pm. Last admission is at 4:00pm.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1980 674421
Email: administration@flying-museum.org.uk
Website: http://www.armyflying.com

The heroic story of the army in the air from nineteenth century observation balloons to attack helicopters! The museum is home to a national collection of military kites, World War 2 gliders, aeroplanes and helicopters. With imaginative displays and dioramas the museum traces the development of army flying from pre World War 1 to today's modern Airmy Air Corps.In 1941 Winston Churchill identified the need for combating the tactic that was being used by the enemy of directing artillary fire from the air and the use of gliders, by the formation of our own force.

In February 1942 the Glider Pilot Regiment was formed followed in December 1942 by the Air Observation Post Squadron. The elite who made up these forces played a unique - and never to be repeated - part in World War 2.

Houghton Lodge Gardens

Open to the public all year. Times vary according to the time of the year so it is advisable to telephone for confirmation.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1264 810502
Email: info@houghtonlodge.co.uk
Website: http://www.houghtonlodge.co.uk

The beautiful garden of Houghton Lodge sweeps down to the water's edge of the River Test. The house dates from the end of the 18th century.

A feature of Houghton Lodge is a hydroponicum 'a garden of the future'. This is a way of gardening which is used commercially in many places in the world, it is a soiless form of cultivation which makes use of nutrient rich solutions so no water is wasted. Other features of the gardens are a topiary yew hedge enclosing a 'Peacock Garden'.

Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens
Open to the public between March and November. Times vary according to the time of year so it is advisable to telephone for confirmation.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1794 340757
Email: mottisfont@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont

These tranquill grounds owned and maintained by the National Trust, beside a tributary of the River Test, contain green lawns, magnificant trees and the spring or font from which the place name is derived. In the Abbey, a former 12th century priory, there is a room decorated by Rex Whislter and the cellarium of the old priory.
Andover Museum and Museum of the Iron Age
Open to the public all year. It is recommended that you telephone for opening times or visit their website.

Telephone: 0845 603 5635
Email: enquiries@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk
Website: http://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/museum-of-the-ironage

Andover's fascinating past can be explores giving the visitor insights into archaeological finds and old English myths. The museum of the Iron Age allows you to discover a way of life that was destroyed by the Romans, telling the story of the Iron Age hillfort at Danebury. The displays give a vivid impression of life in prehistoric times through life-size models.
Danebury Hill
Open to the public all year. Very occasionally the site is closed for maintenance so it is recommeded that you telephone first.

Telephone: +44 (0) 845 603 5635

Danebury is a very important archaeological site, set on the top of a hill just north of Stockbridge. The Iron Age fortification can still be seen and the views around the Hampshire landscape are superb. The site is also an important refuge for downland flora and fauna.
The Hawk Conservancy
Open to the public every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Summer Opening (Mid February to Mid October): 10am to 5:30pm
Winter Opening (Mid October to Mid February): 10am to 4:30pm

Telephone: +44 (0) 1264 773850
Email: info@hawkconservancy.org

The Hawk Conservancy is one of the premier bird of prey parks in the United Kingdom, a member of the Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britian.

Set in 22 acres of woodland and wildflower meadow, there are over 150 birds of prey on view, from the tiny Pygmy Owl to the impressive Steller's Sea Eagles! Many of these birds are involved in our spectacular daily flying demonstrations, whilst others are part of important breeding or environmental enrichment projects.

The Test Way

The 44 mile Test Way follows the valley of the Test for much of its length allowing walkers to spend time among the water meadows, and town such as Stockbridge along the valley. Parts of it follow an old railway line which was built in the 1860s on the bed of a canal first used to link Andover and Southampton in 1794.

The Great Hall and Round Table, Winchester
Open to the public every day, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day, from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free, however donations are welcome.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 846476
Email: the.great.hall@hants.gov.uk
Website: http://www3.hants.gov.uk/greathall

The first and finest of all 13th century halls, with the greatest symbol of medieval mythology, King Arthur's Round Table.

Winchester Castle dates from the reign of William the Conqueror (1066-1087). By the end of King John's reign in 1216 the castle and its royal palace needed extensive repair. Between 1222 and 1235 the Castle's hall was replaced by the building which stands today.

Intech Science Centre and Planetarium
Open to the public every day (except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day) from 10am to 4pm. During August they are open until 5pm.

Telephone: +44 (0)1962 863791
Email: info@winchestersciencecentre.org
Website: http://www.winchestersciencecentre.org

The South of England's hands-on interactive science and technology centre. Plus the UK's largest capacity digital Planetarium!

Featuring 100 interactive exhibits, which demonstrate the science and technology of the world around us in an engaging and exciting way. It's 'hands-on', not 'hands-off'!

The Astrium Planetarium is a digital state-of-the-art theatre with a variety of shows to suit all interests.

Jane Austen's House Museum

June, July & August - daily 10:00am-5:00pm
March - May; September - 1st January - daily 10:30am-4:30pm, except 24th December (Christmas Eve), 25th December (Christmas Day) & 26th December (Boxing Day)
January and February - weekends only 10:30am-4:30pm

Email: enquiries@jahmusm.org.uk
Website: http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk

Situated in Chawton, nr Alton is the 17th century house where Jane Austen lived from 1809-1817, and wrote or revised her 6 great novels.

Copy letters, pictures and memorabilia. There is also a garden with old- fashioned flowers. Old bakehouse in courtyard with brick bread oven, brick wash tub and Jane's donkey cart. Large collection of documentary material. Furniture and a quilt made by Jane and her mother and sister. Illustration of her books and of her various homes.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information given is correct, however we do recommend that you telephone in advance to check details.

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