Set in a landscaped park, The Grange at Northington, Hampshire, is the foremost example in England of Greek Revival architecture. The mansion owes its present appearance to the architect William Wilkins, who, between 1809 and 1816, transformed a modest 17th century brick building into something more like an Ancient Greek temple. Literally wrapping the house in cement, Wilkins added classical façades, including the striking temple front supported on eight gigantic columns.
Public outcry saved The Grange from demolition in 1975 and it is now used as an opera venue.
Read more about the history of The Grange.
Before You Go
Access: Parts of the site are uneven and there are steep steps up to the terrace. Not suitable for unaided wheel chairs or buggies.
Parking: There is a car park onsite.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Plan a Great Day Out
Why not explore the palaces of the Bishops of Winchester at Wolvesey Castle, in Winchester, or Bishop's Waltham Palace, just outside of Southampton. You could also head to the coast and visit Portchester Castle. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch in the castle grounds or on the shore of the Solent.
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