Places To Visit in Hampshire
You’ll be amazed at all the wonderful places to visit in Hampshire.
Only one hour from London and with excellent transport links, it's the perfect destination for short breaks and family holidays.
For fantastic places to visit in Hampshire, the county’s cities are full of fascinating discoveries that will delight the whole family.
Kids can imagine battling the enemy aboard the mighty ships at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard or firing the big guns from the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson.
Winchester is one of the most attractive places to visit in Hampshire, with its beautiful Cathedral, stunning Great Hall and Queen Eleanor’s medieval garden.
Here you can explore the many independent shops and top quality restaurants that the city has to offer, as well as its popular and lively farmers’ market.
If you love sea breezes and the smell of fresh, salty air, the coast is one of the best places to visit in Hampshire.
Hampshire’s coastline extends for miles and miles and is relatively unspoilt, making for relaxing days out.
Here you can enjoy water sports, beach fun, cycling, walking and swimming at destinations along the Solent, such as Lepe, Southsea and Hayling Island.
From the Roman walls of Portchester Castle, the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth and Emsworth’s peaceful harbours, you’ll see some unforgettable coastal views.
In the dreamy Test Valley countryside you’ll find chocolate box villages, thatched cottages, meandering chalk streams and cosy country pubs.
Test Valley is also home to some of the best fishing in Hampshire because of its clear chalk streams and historic association with dry fly fishing.
The tranquil water meadows and clear chalk streams of the Meon Valley will take your breath away.
With popular walking routes and pretty villages this area is ideal for taking in the views and escaping from the crowd.
In East Hampshire the rolling chalk hills and wooded valleys of the South Downs provide spectacular and uplifting scenery and are ideal for walking, cycling and riding.
Nearby you’ll find a wide choice of places to visit, including Jane Austen’s House at Chawton, the Watercress Line at Alton and Gilbert White’s House at Selborne.
For other places to visit in Hampshire, don’t miss the nature trails and outdoor activities at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, the lovely Alice Holt Forest and the attractive market towns of Alton and Petersfield.
To the west of Hampshire, unwind in the historic New Forest, with its miles of ancient woodland, traditional pubs and famous ponies.
In North Hampshire you can discover fascinating museums and country houses such as Whitchurch Silk Mill and Stratfield Saye House.
Basingstoke is well worth a visit for its Festival Place shopping centre, restaurants, leisure centre and lively theatre, The Anvil.
Travel back in time at Milestones, a living history museum where costumed actors help bring the streets of old to life.
And don’t miss The Vyne, a former Tudor mansion where Jane Austen once danced the night away.
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In Southampton, Gosport and Portsmouth you'll find a wealth of literary, artistic and historical attractions and along the coastline there are nature reserves, country parks and activity centres.
With the spectacular hills of the South Downs and the lovely chalk streams and water meadows of the Meon Valley, East Hampshire has a lot to offer visitors to rural Hampshire.
With its gentle walks, pretty villages and welcoming pubs, Hampshire’s countryside is a hidden gem for visitors
Breathtaking views, lovely walking and cycling trails and picturesque villages make rural North Hampshire a hidden delight for visitors.
Renound internationally for fly fishing, Test Valley's thatched cottages, picturesque villages and welcoming pubs add to the area's charm and there are attractions for all ages.
Step back in time and discover the charm and natural beauty of this unique destination. The New Forest is England's newest National Park and was once a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror.
Jane Austen is one of England’s most celebrated and greatest novelists and Hampshire played an important part in her life.
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Winchester's attractions form the cultural and historic heart of Hampshire, and there are also a wealth of picturesque villages and market towns to explore in the vicinity.