Things to do in Alton
Alton in Hampshire is probably most famous for being known as ‘Jane Austen’s town’ as she lived in a nearby village called Chawton and she regularly shopped in Alton back in the day. Jane Austen’s Museum is a great day out for the young and old alike. You’ll never be short of things to do if you live in Alton, whether you choose to reside in the town, or in a near by village. The historic town of Alton itself has a high street featuring popular brand names such as Boots, M&S, Iceland, a number of banks, WH Smith and Superdrug, along with some lovely country pubs, cafes and well-known restaurants such as Pizza Express, Zizzi and Prezzo located in the Market Square. You’ll also find a number of independent gift shops, charity shops, household stores and international restaurants. There are a number of good car parks in Alton so parking is never an issue. A weekly market takes place every Tuesday on the high street, which is pedestrianised for the event. However, if you find that you’ve exhausted things to do in Alton, why not hop on the direct train line from Alton station and explore the popular towns on your way into London Waterloo, which can be reached in just over an hour. Plus a ride on The Watercress Line, a restored stream train, is a must!