Things to see and do in and around Hampshire
Our local area
Whether you would like to immerse yourself in the rich history of Jane Austen at her family home in Steventon, embark on a day of adventures with the little ones at Peppa Pig World, or simply sit back and unwind with a G&T at Bombay Sapphire Distillery, there is so much to see and do in our neck of the woods.
Places to visit
The world-famous prehistoric stone circle, Stonehenge, is just 30 miles west of Oakley Hall Hotel in Wiltshire. This fascinating attraction is one of the wonders of the world and the best-known monument of its kind in Europe.
Bombay Sapphire Distillery
Laverstoke Mill, home to the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery, is less than 5 miles from us. We have teamed up and are offering a fantastic package including a visit to the distillery, G&Ts in the lounge and dinner, bed and breakfast.
'Downton Abbey' - Highclere Castle
Highclere Castle, with its magnificent architecture and beautiful gardens, is located just 20 minutes from Oakley Hall Hotel. Downton Abbey is filmed here and it is also the country seat of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.
Peppa Pig World at Paulton's Park
This family-friendly attraction is roughly 40 minutes from us. The park covers 140 acres of land and features a collection of around 80 species of birds and animals, as well as over 70 rides and attractions.
Jane Austen's House Museum
The Jane Austen’s House Museum is located just 18 miles from us in the village of Chawton near Alton. This 18th century house is where novelist Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life.
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen. You can discover over 900 years of royal history and explore the beautiful surrounding gardens.
The New Forest
The New Forest covers an area of 566km2 and is made up of vast tracts of unspoilt woodland, heathland and river valleys. It's a haven for walking, cycling and horse riding.
Steeped in history and heritage, England’s ancient capital city is a treasure trove of historic buildings, monuments and museums waiting to be explored, from the world-famous Cathedral to King Arthur’s Round Table.
Marwell Zoo is a 140-acre zoo situated near Winchester - around 35 minutes away from Oakley Hall. The zoo is home to over 1,200 animals of 135 species from giraffes to penguins.
Wellington County Park
Wellington Country Park is just 30 minutes away from us. It has several adventure play areas, a miniature railway, animal farm, nature trail maze, enchanted forest, 12 holes of mini golf, and much more.
Visit this vibrant waterfront city and find out about Britain's naval past at the Historic Dockyard, enjoy panoramic views from the Spinnaker Tower, or simply shop 'til you drop at the award-wining leisure complex, Gunwharf Quays.
Whitchurch Silk Mill
This early 19th century textile mill is a short drive from Oakley Hall Hotel. As the oldest silk mill in the UK, Whitchurch Silk Mill is a fascinating example of our industrial heritage.
Basing House Ruins
Basing House was once the country’s largest private house. During the Civil War, the house became a Royalist stronghold that fell to Cromwell and was destroyed in 1645 after a siege of over two years.
Beaulieu offers a great day out with something for everyone to enjoy. Explore the National Motor Museum, wander through Palace House, and visit Beaulieu Abbey, founded in 1204, to discover how the Cistercian monks lived.
Silchester Roman Ruins
Just 10 miles from us lies Silchester, famous for the ruins of the Roman-British town Calleva Atrebatum. The outer walls, forum, amphitheatre, and the entire plan of the city were revealed through excavations that began in the 1890s.
A visit to Oakley Hall wouldn't be complete without a walk around our beautiful grounds and gardens. Pay a visit to our Kitchen Garden to see how we grow the many herbs, fruits and vegetables which go into our menus, or take the route through the woods and discover the wide range of plants, trees and wildlife that have made Oakley Hall their home.