The market town of Alton lies eighteen miles North East of Winchester and for a long time was famous for its hops and breweries.
Edmund Spenser lived here circa 1590, as did Cardinal Newman from 1816-1819. Eggars Grammar School was founded in 1641.The town includes several fine Georgian buildings.
William Curtis, the botanist, was born here in 1746 and the Curtis Museum was founded in 1855. The Lord Mayor Treloar Hospital was opened here and has become world famous as a great orthopaedic hospital. The church, which is mainly Perpendicular but with a fine Norman tower, was the scene of the death of the Royalist, Colonel Boles, during a fierce fight with Parliamentary forces in 1643.
Alice Holt Woodland Park - An ancient forest which still provides prime oak timber.
Alton Abbey - Benedictine community.
Bird World - Amazing birds in beautiful gardens.
Gilbert White's Home - See the inspiration of 'England's first ecologist'.
Hinton Ampner Garden - Formal design with informal planting
Jane Austen's Home, Chawton
St Lawrence's Church, Alton
The Allen Gallery, Alton - A remarkable collection of pottery from around the globe.
The Curtis Museum - 100 million years of local history.
The Watercress Line - Relive the age of steam
Tourist and Other Information sources
Local Tourist Information:
Tourist Information Centre,
7 Cross and Pillory Lane,
Telephone: (01420) 88448
Local Information Point
Telephone: (01420) 83147
Alton Town Council,
Telephone: (01420) 83986
Parking in Alton
Public car park two minutes walk from the Tourist Information Centre, behind High street shops.
Variety of pubs, and places to eat in the High Street and surrounding area.
Access by Public Transport
Alton has Railway Station (service from Waterloo, Guildford and Farnham). Also terminus of the Watercress Line from Alresford. Public Bus Services operate to Alton from Winchester, Basingstoke, Farnham, Petersfield and Portsmouth. Accesible also from Liss railway station.