Petersfield is an ancient country town with a market in The Square. It is within the South Downs National Park.
TI County Library, 27 The Square. Tel. 01730 268829.
The history of Petersfield and the surrounding area, including archaeology and social history.
The collections include historic clothing and paintings by local artist Flora Twort. Café.
Open Mar-Nov, TWThFS 1000-1700.
Set in an ancient walled plot, the garden has been planted in 17th century style. The herb beds in a formal
geometric pattern are typical of a physic garden of this period. Other features include a small knot garden, orchard area and rose bower.
Open Daily 0900-1800 (1600 in winter).
A late 17th century house in an impressive setting high on the South Downs. The elegant Georgian interior has
been carefully restored following a major fire in 1989. Features include paintings, furniture, ceramics and an 18th
century dolls' house with original contents. The servants' quarters in the basement are shown as they were in
Victorian days. Peaceful garden. Restaurant. Picnic areas.
Open Apr-Oct, ThFSSu 1000-1600.
Bus 54 from station to entrance (shortly after South Harting), 27 minutes journey. M-S every 2-3 hours. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Chichester.
A 12 acre garden with magnificent views over parkland and rolling countryside. The House contains Regency furniture,
Italian paintings and hardstone items.
Open Garden Daily 1000-1700 (1600 Nov-Mar). House see website.
Bus 67 from station to entrance (shortly after Bramdean), 30 minutes journey, M-S every 2-4 hours. Some journeys do not operate every day M-S so check the timetable carefully. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Winchester.
A large Country Park of downland and woodland in the South Downs National Park. Leaflets from the Visitor Centre
show walking trails including the South Downs Way. The Country Park extends both sides of the A3 (linked by road and path under A3)
and includes Butser Hill with good views from its summit, 1¼ miles from the Visitor Centre. Butser Hill
is a National Nature Reserve supporting chalk downland species including rare butterflies and moths.
Café and toilets at Visitor Centre, picnic areas. Events programme. Admission free.
Open at all times, Visitor Centre Daily 1000-1700 (1600 Nov-Mar).
Bus 37 from opposite Station to Queen Elizabeth Country Park, the stop is immediately after the QECP turning. There is a footpath from the bus stop to the Visitor Centre. 14 minutes journey, M-F hourly, Sat every 1½ hours. The return stop is ¼ mile from the Visitor Centre by crossing under the A3. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Havant but the bus journey is longer.
An archaeological open-air museum with experimental reconstructions of ancient homes from
the Stone Age to the Anglo-Saxons. The buildings aim to give an impression of what daily life was like in the South Downs
thousands of years ago with Stone Age beds, Roman toilets, Celtic herb gardens and other features. Rare breed animals.
Light refreshments. Events programme with costumed characters.
Open Apr-mid Sep, SSu (Daily in school holidays) 1000-1600.
Bus 37 from opposite Station to Chalton Lane (shortly after leaving the A3) then ¾ mile walk. There is a layby for the bus to stop and note that buses cannot safely stop immediately after leaving the A3. Return from the 'Hampshire Hog'. 17 minutes journey, M-F hourly, Sat every 1½ hours. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Havant but the bus journey is longer.
Butser Ancient Farm is 1¼ miles by footpath from QECP Visitor Centre.
The family home of the naturalist Reverend Gilbert White who observed and recorded what he saw around him,
including in the village and nearby Selborne Hanger, beech woodland on a steep slope overlooking the village.
Later extensions to the house contain the Oates Collections telling the stories of two explorers: Lawrence Oates who
accompanied Captain Scott to the South Pole in 1911-12, and the 19th century Frank Oates who acquired collections of birds,
animals and African weapons. Garden and parkland. Tea Parlour.
Open Mar-mid Dec, TWThFSSu 1030-1630 (1700 Apr-Oct).
Bus 38 from station to Selborne, 35 minutes journey. M-F only, infrequent. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Alton and Liss.
Short Walks Made Easy: South Downs
features a circular walk from Selborne.