We’ve had National Trust membership for years now and National Trust sites are always one of the first places we look at when planning a family day out. There aren’t that many National Trust days out in Hampshire but they are still some of our favourites in the South East and places that we go to as often as we can.
So here are our favourite Hampshire National Trust days out:
Hinton Ampner National Trust – near Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0LA
Hinton Ampner is an elegant country house with beautiful, tranquil gardens. A fire devastated the house in 1960 and was lovingly rebuilt by its last owner. Now, you can explore the homely rooms of Hinton Ampner or stroll along the manicured lawns, admiring the topiary. There’s a lovely cafe, dogs are welcome in the gardens and there are trails for children to complete around the house and gardens.
Mottisfont National Trust – near Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0LP
Mottisfont is a really gorgeous 18th century house and gallery set in beautiful riverside gardens full of ancient trees, babbling brooks and rolling lawns. There’s so much space to run, jump and play with so many activities and events for families to do too – the wild play areas are fantastic. There are two cafes as well as space for picnics and dogs are welcome. They even have a specially planted winter garden, inviting people to visit all year round.
You can read more about Mottisfont here:
The Vyne National Trust – Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 9HL
The Vyne began life as a Tudor powerhouse which became a 17th century family home. It’s set in gardens, woodlands and wetlands which are fantastic for families to explore. There’s a lovely cafe, the grounds are dog friendly and there’s a fantastic play area too.
You can read more about our adventures at The Vyne here:
West Green House Gardens National Trust – West Green, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire RG27 8JB
West Green House Gardens is one of our favourite National Trust sites – and our closest! It’s only open Wednesday to Sunday March to October but is well worth a visit. So much outside space to explore and a really beautiful cafe too.
You can find out more about West Green House here:
Other National Trust sites in Hampshire
There are many other National Trust sites in Hampshire that we haven’t had the chance to visit just yet.
Foxbury – Access via Half Moon car park, Blackhill Road, East Wellow, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 6AQ
Selborne Common – Selborne, Hampshire GU34 3JR
Stockbridge Down – near Stockbridge, Hampshire
Stockbridge Marsh – Cow Drove Hill Road, Stockbridge, Hampshire
Sandham Memorial Chapel – Harts Lane, Burghclere, near Newbury, Hampshire RG20 9JT
Ludshott Commons – Headley Road, Nr Headley Down, Hampshire GU26 6JJ
The Chase – Station Road, East Woodhay, Woolton Hill, Hampshire RG20 9TN
Winchester City Mill – Bridge Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9BH
National Trust on the Isle of Wight
Newtown National Nature Reserve and Old Town Hall – Town Lane, Newtown, Isle of Wight PO30 4PA
St Helens Duver – St Helens, Isle of Wight PO33 1XZ
Bembridge Windmill – High Street/Mill Road, Bembridge, Isle of Wight PO35 5SQ
Mottistone Gardens and Estate – Mottistone, near Brighstone, Isle of Wight PO30 4ED
Borthwood Copse – near Winford, Isle of Wight PO36 0LD
Bembridge Fort and Downs – near Bembridge, Isle of Wight PO36 8QY
Chillerton Down – Isle of Wight PO30 3HA
Compton Bay and Downs – Compton, Isle of Wight PO30 4HB
The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down – Tennyson Down, Totland Bay, Isle of Wight PO39 0HY
The Needles Old Battery and New Battery – West High Down, Alum Bay, Isle of Wight PO39 0JH
Ventnor Downs – Wroxall, Isle of Wight PO38 1AH
St Catherine’s Down and Knowles Farm – Blackgang, Isle of Wight PO38 2JB
So there you have our favourite National Trust sites in Hampshire. Have we missed your favourite from our list? Let me know and we’ll visit and add it in as soon as we can. Winchester City Mill is top of our list – we just love exploring new unusual buildings!