The Watercress Line

THE WATERCRESS LINE – Whatever the time of year, there is always much to see and do at the Watercress Line. Travelling our 10 mile line from one end to the other takes approximately 40 minutes. Your ticket gives you all day unlimited travel, allowing you to hop on and off at any of our four stations.

For more details visit the website here.


Jane Austen House

JANE AUSTIN’S HOUSE – Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. With the publications of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began another, eventually titled Sanditon, but died before its completion. She also left behind three volumes of juvenile writings in manuscript and another unfinished novel, The Watsons. Her six full-length novels have rarely been out of print, although they were published anonymously and brought her moderate success and little fame during her lifetime.

Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire, is the only house where Jane lived and wrote that is open to the public.


The Museum is open 7 days a week.

Hidden Britain Tours Ltd will take you on a mini-safari. You travel with a guide who treats you as an individual, explains the landscape, and the people who work in it.

People do not often have opportunity to appreciate the countryside. Business visits are often rushed, with little time to appreciate the country visited, or visitors are herded around the sights on a busy itinerary with scheduled stops that offer the usual tourist shopping experiences.

Gillbert White's House

GILBERT WHITE’S HOUSE – Gilbert White was aged 7 or 8 when the White family moved from the Vicarage on Selborne’s Plestor, to this house, called ‘The Wakes’ (named after the Wake family who had lived here previously). At that time the property would have been no more than a ‘two up, two down’  but over the subsequent years lots of extensions and additions have been made, creating the long sizeable house you see today.

The rooms have been restored following descriptions in White’s own correspondence and include a chair he used at Oriel College, Oxford (loaned from the College), items of contemporary furniture, family portraits and bed hangings embroidered for him by his aunts.

On display is the original manuscript of his book, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, which was purchased with generous help from English Heritage and others.


Odiham Castle

ODIHAM CASTLE – Odiham Castle lies on the banks of the Basingstoke Canal, but was built long before the canal existed.

The Castle, with its surrounding defensive ditches, was built between 1207 and 1214. The site was probably chosen by King John as a convenient point between his strongholds at Winchester and Windsor. Odiham being a good stopping place on the two day ride between them.

Soon after it was finished in 1216, the castle suffered a two week siege by French knights. These knights were sent to support the Barons in their rebellion against King John after the failure of Magna Carta to bring peace.


Basing House

BASING HOUSE – Basing House was a major Tudor Palace and castle in the Village of Old Basing in Hampshire.
It once rivaled  Hampton Court Palace  in its size and opulence. Today only its foundations and earthworks remain. The ruins are a Grade II  listed building.

Basing House was once the country’s largest private house and home to the powerful courtier William Paulet, Marquess of Winchester. It was the scene of many royal visits, by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and others. The earthwork banks and ditches of an earlier medieval castle still dominate the ruins.  The wealth and power of the Paulet family, their loyalty to the crown and nearness to London brought disaster to Basing in the Civil War. After long sieges and bombardments the House fell to Oliver Cromwell in person.Start your visit at the Basing Grange buildings, restored and converted to provide new visitor centre, gift shop, refreshments and toilets/baby changing facilities or enjoy a picnic in the re-created Jacobean garden. (https://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/basing-house)


BIRDWORLD – Join us for a great, fun family day out! The 26 acre park is home to hundreds of unusual birds, and we also have a fabulous farm, (that is also home to a pair of reindeer!) an aquarium and the wonderful Forest Lodge Garden Centre so there really is a packed day out to be had for all ages!

We have a busy schedule of daily events. Brightly coloured birds, fabulous keeper talks and feeds and two amazing daily shows, the Outdoor Flying Display and the Heron Theatre Show.
To get the very best from your visit we suggest planning your day as you enter the park around the scheduled feeds and shows, then enjoy the rest of the park at your leisure. (http://birdworld.co.uk/)