Local Attractions

The Vyne – National Trust 16th Century House

The Vyne is a National Trust 16th-century country house outside Sherborne St John near Basingstoke. Built for Lord Sandys, King Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain, the house retains its Tudor chapel, with stained glass and the grounds contain large woodland areas with walking trails, as well as a wetlands nesting site populated by swans and common redshanks.

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Silchester Roman City Walls & Amphitheatre

Silchester has its origins as Calleva, a centre of the Iron Age Atrebates tribe from the late 1st century BC. After the Roman conquest of AD 43 it became the large and important town of Calleva Atrebatum. Unlike most Roman towns, it was never reoccupied or built over after it was abandoned in the 6th or 7th century, so archaeological investigations have given an unusually complete picture of its development, with the complete circuit of Roman walls and the amphitheatre still standing.

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Pamber Forest Nature Reserve

We love dogs at the Queens College Arms, so why not combine a visit to our pub with a  walk around the two-mile waymarked trail in Pamber Forest Nature Reserve, which takes in the forest’s very best viewpoints. At certain times of the year some paths can be muddy and unsuitable for pushchairs, so be sure to bring your wellies just in case!

The reserve comes alive in spring, with the melodious song of blackcaps and garden warblers overhead and carpets of flowers emerging from the forest floor, including daffodils, primroses and wood anemones. Also keep a look out for butterflies, bees, woodpeckers, squirrels and deer – you may even be lucky enough to spot a fawn in late spring.

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