Hinton Ampner (8.9miles)

Hinton Ampner is an elegant country manor that has amazing gardens. There was a fire in 1960 which meant it had to be restored by its last owner but it holds a huge collection of ceramics and art. The formal gardens are beautifully kept and you can take the dog for a walk along any of the 4 miles of parkland and woodland. They often have activities for children to do as you walk around, such as things to find in the house. The house has beautiful view, as it sits on a hill, so you can look out across the South Downs. They have a tea room or you can picnic anywhere on the ground. Parking is free. If you want to visit the house then its a good idea to check the website for opening times as some days the house is closed. Also the general closing time of Hinton Ampner can vary.

Uppark (9.5miles)

Uppark is an amazing 18th century house that is on the South Downs ridge and gives beautiful views as far out as the English Channel. They are gradually restoring the gardens to their original 18th century design. At the front of the house is a meadow that gives you space to play or relax with a picnic while gazing at the wonderful views. There is also nearby woodland to explore. In the house you are not only able to see the family rooms but you can also see the servants quarters downstairs. However, the most impressive piece in Uppark is the 18th century doll's house which is one of the best in the country. It is magnificent, with amazing hand carved furniture, hand-painted oil paintings and the house's impressive size! There was a fire in 1989 which devastated the upstairs, as well as some of the ground floor, and they have a video on site so you can see some of the restoration process. There is a cafe that serves light lunches and on a nice day you can sit outside. Dogs are only allowed in the woodland areas of the estate. The meadow is a great place for children to play and there is also a children's trail. Parking is free. Always check the website before visiting as, due to its position, opening is often affected by extreme weather (especially in winter).

Jane Austen's House Museum (9.7miles)

This house in Chawton, where Jane Austen lived and wrote, is the only one that is open to the public. Jane Austen lived in many different places as she grew up but this is where she spent the last 8 years of her life and where she wrote or edited most of the books she later had published. She lived here rent free with her mother, sister and a close family friend. This was because her brother was adopted by the owner of the Chawton estate and so was able to offer her a house on his lands. In this house you can see the writing table that Jane used to write her books as well as paintings done by her sister and lots of other items. There is a learning area for children and a short video about Jane's life. Opposite the house is a cafe and a pub where you can have some lunch after your visit. You could also visit the Chawton House Library, down the road, which is where her brother lived and Jane often visited. Opening times vary depending on the month but it is not open in January or February. A ticket gives you unlimited visits for 12 months and you can save £1 on your ticket for Chawton House Library with the ticket. Free parking in Chawton village. There is also a Jane Austen Walk.

The Grange Estate (15.5miles)

The Grange Estate is an estate of over three thousand acres, located east of Winchester in the beautiful Upper Itchen and Candover valleys. The historic core of the Estate is Grange Park which is a 600 acre landscaped park. In Grange Park is The Grange, an important Grade I listed neo-classical country house. The Grange previously housed The Grange Park Opera but is now home to the newly established Grange Festival to continue the great legacy of opera at Grange Park.

Marwell Zoo (16.9miles)

They have an amazing range of animals including tigers, rhinos, giraffes, snow leopards and cheetahs. There are daily talks on the animals and multiple animal feeds to watch. As well as animals, they have five adventure playgrounds and lots of other activities on offer, such as train rides and different events running every day.

It opens at 10am but closing time varies, so its worth checking on the day. Last entry is 90mins before closing.

West Dean Gardens (17.8miles)

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, West Dean Gardens in West Sussex is one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public. You can explore a wide range of historic features on a gentle walk around the grounds. From surreal trees to the restored walled garden, West Dean Gardens proudly presents its rich creative and social heritage. Features include an impressive collection of working Victorian Glasshouses, a 300 foot pergola and a spring garden with flint bridges. There is also a restaurant and shop on site. The gardens surround West Dean College, which is internationally recognised for conservation and creative arts.

Bird World (18.5miles)

This is a great day out for the family and has far more than just birds. They have over 2,000 species of bird which include emus, penguins, flamingos, birds of prey and much more! They also have lots of interactive events, such as  two penguin feeding events and various bird shows every day. As well as the birds they have an aquarium which has crocs, piranhas and more. They have animal encounters every day which is where you can meet little animals like guinea pigs and rabbits. Ponies, sheep, reindeer, donkeys and goats can also be found at Bird World. They have a restaurant, cafe and kiosks if you get peckish.

Bird World is open from 10am-6pm in the summer and 10am-4.30pm in the winter every day (last entry is an hour before closing).

Weald and Downland Living Museum (18.6miles)

Discover rescued traditional rural buildings set in a beautiful landscape, which tell the stories of the men, women and children who lived and worked in them over a 950-year period. Enjoy the Museum’s 40-acre site and visit their collection of 50 historic buildings. There is a regular programme of domestic and craft demonstrations, including cooking in the Tudor kitchen, blacksmithing in the Victorian smithy and seasonal demonstrations. Take a walk in the woods with the dog and visit the waterside cafe or enjoy your own picnic.

Chichester Festival Theatre (19.2miles)

One of the UK’s flagship theatres, renowned for the exceptionally high standard of its productions as well as its work with the community and young people. The Festival Theatre’s bold thrust stage design makes it one of England’s most striking playhouses. The annual summer Festival season runs from April to October, during which productions originated at Chichester reach an audience of over 200,000. Year-round programming continues through the winter with the Theatre presenting high-class touring productions, as well as a traditional Christmas show mounted by the renowned Chichester Festival Youth Theatre.

Goodwood (19.2miles)

Goodwood has motor racing, horse racing, aero & golf clubs. Its one of Englands great County Estates. They often have events on in the summer like the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival.

Petworth House (21.1miles)

Petworth is a stately mansion with amazing history and a beautiful art collection. The house was given to the Percy family (Dukes of Northumberland) by Henry VIII. There are over 300 paintings here including some by Van Dyck, Reynolds, Titian and Blake as well as classical and neo-classical sculptures. JMW Turner also spent some time here as he was under the patronage of the 3rd Earl of Egremont and so many of his paintings can be seen here. It is a good idea to check what's on at Petworth as they often have some interesting tours through the house and certain days when you can see the upstairs rooms. You can also walk the vast grounds. Dogs are only allowed in the deer park. There are children's trails, a restaurant and a cafe. Parking is free for National Trust members and £4 for non-members. Check the website for opening times and dates.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (23.5miles)

The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has an amazing selection of historic ships that you can walk around and see. These include HMS Victory (Nelson's famous flagship from the Battle of Trafalgar), HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose (the recovered Tudor ship). This dockyard has museums dedicated to most aspects of the Navy and interactive learning areas, so there is bound to be something for everyone. 

Its open from 10am to 5pm in winter and until 5.30pm in summer.

The Vyne (27.7miles)

This former Tudor palace has, overtime, become an intimate family home. Since the house has been built onto and had parts knocked down, its the interior that shows the different periods of The Vyne's history. It was visited by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in 1535  while thy were on their royal tour, so some of the ground floor is dedicated to exploring their visit. Then you move on to the Victorian owner who saved the house from disrepair in 1842, having to knock down quite a lot of the Tudor outbuildings. At the moment the big attraction at the Vyne is the rooftop walkway as a roof conservation project is underway. They have removed some of the roof in a repair project and erected scaffolding so you can see the history of the roof as well as witnessing conservation in action. You can also tag a tile for £5 to leave your mark on The Vyne when the roof is retiled. However, this conservation means only the ground floor of the house is open for safety reasons. There are also plenty of woodland walks that dogs are allowed on but they must be on a lead and cleaned up after. There are also cafes or you could picnics in the grounds. Parking is free. The website should be checked before you set off as the house or rooftop walkway may be closed due to weather.

Paultons Park (32.2miles)

Paultons Park is a family theme park that has stuff for children of all ages. For the younger children, there is Peppa Pig World and Critter Creek. These areas have classic rides, such as tea cups and merry-go-rounds, as well as a baby roller coaster. Over in the Lost Kingdom part of the park are the more serious roller coasters and water rides for older children. There are also loads of adventure playgrounds which are each aimed at different age groups. As well as rides, you can find lots of different birds at the park, including penguins (which are fed twice a day) and flamingos.

Mottisfont (32.8miles)

This is an 18th century house, built around a medieval prior, surrounded by amazing gardens and rivers. From the 1930s it was home to Maud Russell who was a very keen parton of art and so invited many artists to stay. The drawing room was decorated by Whistler, who took inspiration from Mottisfont's history to create an amazing room.

There is a permanent 20th-century art collection as well as major exhibitions in the top-floor gallery.  Recently they have started exploring Maud's experiences during World War II, thanks to her recently published diary entries. There are beautiful gardens to wander around and a world famous collection of old-fashioned roses that flower once a year. The estate also includes 1600 acres of woodland and tenanted farmland to explore. There is lot for the family to do and dogs are welcome but must be on a lead. There is free parking. Please be aware that access to the house is by guided tour only on weekdays (so is limited) but is free flow on weekends. This does not apply to the art exhibitions.

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