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Hampshire

A former Tudor ‘power house’ visited by Henry VIII, a 1930s country retreat and famous rose garden, a Georgian mansion with panoramic views, and an ancient working watermill in the heart of a city. These are yours to discover in Hampshire, together with acres of wildlife-rich downland, crystal-clear chalk streams, and ancient New Forest heaths.

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Top places to visit in Hampshire

Garden with river in foreground and house in background in winter, Mottisfont, Hampshire
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Mottisfont 

Once a medieval priory, today you’ll find a romantic house with 1930s interiors and an art gallery, nestled in beautiful riverside gardens.

near Romsey, Hampshire

Fully open today
North facade of mansion in winter with lawn and lake with swan in foreground, The Vyne, Hampshire
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The Vyne 

Explore a former Tudor powerhouse turned 18th-century family home, set in formal gardens, with walks to woodlands and wildlife-rich wetlands.

Basingstoke, Hampshire

Partially open today
View in winter up garden steps to the house at Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
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Hinton Ampner 

An elegant country house with exquisite collections, and picturesque gardens surrounded by an estate that’s perfect for walks.

near Alresford, Hampshire

Fully open today
Footpath and river with exterior of mill in background, Winchester City Mill, Hampshire
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Winchester City Mill 

An ancient working watermill in the heart of the city, with visiting otters, an island garden, and café that uses the mill’s stoneground flour.

Winchester, Hampshire

Fully open today
View from the orchard at Sandham Memorial Chapel, Hampshire in summer
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Sandham Memorial Chapel 

20th-century chapel and garden in a peaceful Hampshire village that houses an unexpected treasure – an epic series of wall paintings by world-famous war artist Sir Stanley Spencer.

near Newbury, Hampshire

Closed now
A view across autumnal landscape at Rockford Common in the New Forest, with browning vegetation on the ground and trees visible in autumn colours
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New Forest Commons 

A colourful mosaic of blooming heather and gorse, braided wetlands and ancient woodland pasture

Hampshire

Fully open today
Panoramic view over Stockbridge Down with path running down the hill to fields, Hampshire
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Stockbridge Down 

Chalk downland with far-reaching views, a variety of wildlife and archaeological features

near Stockbridge, Hampshire

Fully open today

Winter highlights in Hampshire

A cartoon illustration of 'confusing the enemy's sense of direction' by William Heath Robinson, on display at Mottisfont, Hampshire
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Heath Robinson exhibition at Mottisfont 

Heath Robinson at War exhibition, 20 January - 14 April, no additional charge. Marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day, this show features over 50 original artworks from one of Britain’s finest artists. Heath Robinson’s humorous illustrations, including his legendary madcap inventions, countered the nation’s despair and boosted morale during two world wars. This is heartwarmingly brought to life with audio transcripts of letters to the artist from troops and the public.

A low angle image of a clump of snowdrops growing in grassy. earthy ground with the house almost visible in the distance

Snowdrops in Hampshire 

Displays of snowdrops litter the grounds at Mottisfont - look out for them along the garden’s waterways, where you’ll find snowdrop-shaped markers with fascinating flower facts. In the Beech Circle is a magnificent new 3m high willow snowdrop sculpture and snowdrop poetry. There are smaller delightful displays on the east lawn at Hinton Ampner and in the wild garden at The Vyne

Frost-covered garden grass path between mushroom shaped topiary with trees in background, winter, Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

Top winter gardens 

Hampshire has delightful gardens and parklands to explore in winter. Look out for jewel-coloured clusters of cyclamen on The Vyne’s lime avenue. At Hinton Ampner frost covered topiary looks out over magnificent parkland views. Along Mottisfont's waterways are thousands of tiny snowdrops.

Rutted rack through arable field in winter with trees and hedges in background, Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

Top winter walks 

There’s so much to enjoy on a winter's walk in Hampshire. You can wander through magnificent beech woods at The Vyne, or take in breathtaking views across downland at Hinton Ampner. We've got walks to suit all ages, including young families, with fascinating facts to accompany each one.

What's on for families in Hampshire

Wherever you visit us in Hampshire, you’ll find family adventures big and small, from natural play areas to acres of gardens, meadows and woods where kids can safely roam and let off steam.

Two children walk down a path surrounded by daffodils doing the Easter trail at Osterley Park and House, West London

Easter egg hunts in Hampshire 

Plan your Easter family adventure, set in gardens and orchards bursting with signs of spring. Grab bunny ears and a map to discover different high energy activities at each of our places, leading to a chocolate Easter egg. There’s bunny bowling at Mottisfont, welly wanging at Hinton Ampner, and at The Vyne spring animal charades and mini wheelbarrow-racing. You’ll find selfie stations too – to capture those precious family moments.

Small child in orange winter coat and yellow and blue woollen hat walks in front of parents on grass path fringed by yew topiary in winter, Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

More family fun in Hampshire 

Our shorter self-guided trails are perfect for bug safaris. There are Wild Play balancing beams, wetland bird hides, and when it’s come to come indoors, mini lunches, café colouring sheets, and plenty of hot chocolate for chilly days.

Introducing the new Pooch Passport

Small light brown dog in foreground on large lawn, with Pooch Passport resting on grass
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Pick up the new Pooch Passport 

Discover our best places for dog days out in London and the South East, with the new Pooch Passport, in partnership with Forthglade. You can collect yours at one of 12 participating places until 29 February 2024, including Mottisfont, The Vyne, Hinton Ampner and Uppark. When you've got six stamps from different locations we'll give you a pack of Forthglade treats for your dog.

Visitors walking along the River Test in winter at Mottisfont, Hampshire
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Sustainable travel in Hampshire 

There are a number of sustainable travel options for travelling to and from the places in our care in Hampshire, whether you're looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot.

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Pooch Passport 

The Vyne, Basingstoke, Hampshire

Explore top rated places for days out with dogs. Visit six participating places between 1 September 2023 and 29 February 2024 to collect your free treat. For terms and conditions, visit nationaltrust.org.uk/pooch-passport

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21 Feb to 29 Feb 2024
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Treasured Collections at Hinton Ampner 

Hinton Ampner, near Alresford, Hampshire

This spotlight display at Hinton Ampner will showcase the rich variety of pieces Ralph Dutton treasured which are comparable with international museum collections.

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21 Feb to 24 Mar 2024
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Heath Robinson at War exhibition 

Mottisfont, near Romsey, Hampshire

Saturday 20 January – Sunday 14 April: over 50 artworks of humorous drawings from both World Wars, demonstrating Heath Robinson's ability to counter the horrors of war with gentle satire and absurdity.

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21 Feb to 14 Apr 2024
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University of Winchester Dance Shows 

Winchester City Mill, Winchester, Hampshire

The University of Winchester, School of Performing Arts will be joining us at the Mill to showcase their work. Inspired by the history and space of this historic site their performances will respond to the fabric of the building and celebrate the...

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23 Feb to 28 Mar 2024
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Winchester City Mill Tour - 1091 years of City Mill 

Winchester City Mill, Winchester, Hampshire

A guided ‘walk and talk’ tour presenting the most interesting features of Winchester City Mill.

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24 Feb 2024
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11:00 to 12:00
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20 Years of Milling with the National Trust 

Winchester City Mill, Winchester, Hampshire

To celebrate our 20th anniversary of milling with the National Trust, we'll be delving into our archives to showcase photographs and stories from the last two decades.

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2 Mar to 12 May 2024
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National Lottery Open Week 

Hinton Ampner, near Alresford, Hampshire

As a thank-you to all those who support good causes by through the National Lottery we will be offering free entry to all players, which can be redeemed with a National Lottery ticket, scratch card or proof of play online.

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9 Mar to 17 Mar 2024
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National Lottery Open Week at Mottisfont 

Mottisfont, near Romsey, Hampshire

Saturday 9 - Sunday 17 March: as a thank you to all those who support good causes through the National Lottery, we will be offering free entry to all players.

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9 Mar to 17 Mar 2024
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Family walking down the main drive with lady in a tramper at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire - CTA crop only

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.