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Alton Links

Whether you're visiting Alton between steam trains, visiting relatives, on holiday or on a business trip, there's plenty in and around Alton for you to do. The town centre offers a good range of shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs and hotels, and you don't have to go far to find public open spaces and the countryside beyond. Alton is nestled in an enclosed valley, so if you feel like walking, there are good views of the area from the surrounding hills. We are one of the gateway towns for the South Downs National Park, so you might like to base yourself locally to explore the delights of our rolling hills and historic towns.

If you're looking for things to do in the town and the nearby villages. Alton has the Curtis Museum, Allen Gallery and Mid-Hants Railway (Watercress Line). You don't have to go far to visit Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton House Library, Gilbert White's House & the Oats Collections, Lasham Gliding Centre, Bird World, Alice Holt Forest and a number of good garden centres. If you are wondering why Alton Towers is not listed, that's because it's in Staffordshire, 184 miles north of here! And just to be even clearer, we are in Hampshire, UK.

Alton has a programme of popular town centre events, and other events are held in Alton's many other venues and open spaces. All the attractions listed hold their own programmes of special events, so there's usually something to see and do. Here are some helpful local websites for further information:


Name Website Telephone

Curtis Museum

01420 82802

Allen Gallery

01420 82802

Mid-Hants Railway (Watercress Line)

01962 733810

Alton Events


Tourist Information

01730 268829


Name Website Telephone

Alton Town Council

01420 83986

Alton Society

(see their website)

Alton Chamber of Commerce & Industry

01420 544881

Alton Line Users' Association

01420 84972

Alton Community Association

01420 85057

Alton Station (South Western Railway)

0345 6000 650

Stagecoach South

0345 1210190 (Chichester)