The Grange, Grange Park, Northington, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9TG
The Grange is a Scheduled Monument with Grade 1 listing. The original red brick house was built in the mid-1660s to a design by William Samwell. In c.1809 William Wilkins re-cased the building in the form of a Doric Temple. Extensions to The Grange were designed by Robert Smirke in 1817, C.R. Cockerell in 1852. C.R Cockerel’s Conservatory has had many conversions including a ballroom, picture gallery and most recently an opera house for The Grange Festival. The basement of the Grange acts as dressing rooms for the opera season and the ground floor rooms turn into a restaurant during the festival. The site is open year-round to view the house from the outside and the open day is the only opportunity for the public to see inside.
The house and grounds are open on Friday 20 September from 14.00 to 18.00. There are two guided tour of the house at 14.00 and 16.00 on the day and you are free to roam at your leisure outside of these tours. The tours of the house and grounds will discuss its historical development and the people who lived here, and it use as the location for the annual opera festival.
The September viewing: The house and theatre will be open for viewing from 14.00. The Grange Festival volunteers and The Grange Estate will be stationed around the house, the stage, and the theatre with interesting notes about the history of the house. There will also be a short-history booklet of the building to take away. Remember whilst main site free to explore from 1400 until 1800 the guided tours must be pre-booked.
● Friday 20 September: Two tours 1400 and 1600
This event is FULLY BOOKED with a waiting list
Unfortunately the site is not wheelchair or pushchair friendly nor easy for people with restricted mobility and has many drops. We recommend sturdy footwear. Sorry but there are NO toilets.
Max 25 people per tour/session. Tours take 1 hour.
English Heritage brown signs from the A31 roundabout near Alresford to the site. AA yellow signs from the A303, from Winchester and the M3