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Alton Area Guide

Alton is an historic market town in East Hampshire just over 50 miles south of London and this proximity to the capital makes it a desirable location for city commuters.

Alton is a charming market town in Hampshire, with a rich history and plenty of character. It offers a great mix of town and country living, with easy access to beautiful countryside and excellent transport links to London and other major cities.

Alton fact file

  • Alton was recorded in the Domesday Survey of 1086.
  • Alton is located close to the South Downs National Park with its iconic views, natural beauty and wildlife.
  • The Curtis Museum in Alton has one of the finest local history collections in the county.
  • Alton has had some famous faces in it's residents in the past with the likes of comedian Russell Howard and singer/songwriter Maggie Holland.
  • It's well placed for visits to popular seaside spots on the south coast, such as The Witterings.
  • The town takes its name from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning ‘farmstead at the source of the river’ due its location at the source of the River Wey.

A little bit of history

Alton happens to be the highest town in Hampshire. St. Lawrence Church, dating from the 11th century, was part of the Battle of Alton, a skirmish in the civil war.

Architecture and property

Alton offers a delightful mix of historic buildings and modern properties, with a classic Georgian high street. There are a wide variety of properties to buy and rent within the town and surrounding villages, from contemporary town houses and apartments to characterful country cottages to large country and equestrian properties.

Green space

Alton is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with a variety of footpaths and nature walks. Nearby in the pretty village of Selborne you can walk the zig-zag pathway to enjoy the views and explore the famous hangers (wooded hills).

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There is a wide choice of great restaurants and bars in Alton town, together with popular country pubs and farm shops in the surrounding villages

Alton has a lively high street with an array of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. It is well known for its regular Tuesday market day, as well as other markets and fairs. There is a range of essential shops including pharmacies, opticians, a post office and supermarkets, such as Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and M&S, together with more specialist shops including health and wellness shops, book shops and outdoor clothing retailers.

There is a wide choice of great restaurants and bars in Alton town, together with popular country pubs and farm shops in the surrounding villages.

Alton has a whole host of places to spend your weekends with the family, your saturday date night or just a day out to yourself.

Alton and the surrounding villages offer a wide choice of primary schools rated Good and Outstanding by Ofsted.

  • Amery Hill and Eggars
    Secondary School
  • Alton College
    Secondary School
  • Train station
    0.3 miles from centre
  • Bus station
    0.3 miles from centre
  • Airport
    0.3 miles from centre
  • Underground station
    0.3 miles from centre
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Alton Barn Kitchens take pride in using their combined knowledge to ensure they deliver on the quality of design and installation their customers expect.

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