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
Opening Times: The grounds are open most days throughout the year but may close early in June and July as The Grange Festival takes place on site, or be closed all day occasionally at other times for private events - see details. There is no access to the interior generally except during Heritage Open Days.
Parking: There is a car park.
Access: Parts of the site are uneven and there are steep steps up to the terrace. Not suitable for unaided wheelchairs or buggies.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome but please be aware that the path to the site takes you through land grazed by cattle.
Please be aware: Please note that public access is to the car park and the grounds of the house only, and not to the surrounding estate.
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.