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Things To Do in Hampshire

If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday with great attractions, beautiful scenery, stunning coastline, excellent shops, lively markets and fine food, visit Hampshire for a great day out.

See the legendary King Arthur’s Round Table, go on board Nelson’s flagship, or relive the tragic story of Titanic - there are lots of things to do in Hampshire.

The county's acres of beautiful scenery are a delight for nature lovers and if it’s coastline, castles or cannons you're after, our beaches and heritage sites are second to none.

From award-winning country parks and independent shopping in historic market towns to cosy pubs serving delicious local produce, a short break in rural Hampshire will leave you feeling refreshed.

Plan your visit today by using the search box on the left for things to do in Hampshire, or visit our top 10 section for ideas and inspiration. 

Winchester CathedralPortsmouth Historic Dockyard

 Tudor House



The historic city of Winchester, former capital of England, has a wealth of attractions to explore, from its magnificent Cathedral to its superb military museums.

The Great Hall is home to King Arthur’s legendary Round Table and is the only surviving part of Winchester Castle.

On the outskirts of Winchester you will find 120 acres wildlife park at Marwell Zoo. Discover over 170 exotic and endangered species in this fabulous family friendly attraction.


The naval city of Portsmouth is a treasure trove of museums and shops with a buzzing, vibrant atmosphere.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a must see for anyone visiting the area.

It is home to the HMS Warrior, The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory and the newly revamped, multi-million pound Mary Rose Museum.

Portsmouth’s cityscape is dominated by the 170 metre tall Spinnaker Tower, which offers fantastic views across Portsmouth Harbour and the Isle of Wight.


The maritime city of Southampton has strong links to RMS Titanic, a story which is told at state-of-the-art SeaCity Museum.

Walk the 'Titanic Trail' and explore some key locations in the city which played a part in the infamous tragedy.

If you are interested in history, you can step back in time at Tudor House and Garden, one of the oldest buildings in the city.

It's located in the city's historic Old Town, a network of cobbled streets and medieval buildings.

Paultons ParkWhitchurch Silk Mill

Jane Austen's House

North Hampshire

North Hampshire is home to the UK’s only working silk mill in Whitchurch.

Discover how the 19th century machinery weaves English silk fabrics.

If you enjoy living history, visit Milestones in Basingstoke and stroll along period streets with traditional shops and houses.

Just outside Basingstoke sits the National Trust property The Vyne, a red-bricked Tudor mansion built in the 16th century. 

Test Valley

The picturesque landscape of Test Valley has many great attractions, including the prized collections of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near Romsey and the world famous rose gardens at the National Trust property Mottisfont.

Further north in Andover, the Hawk Conservancy Trust is set in 22 acres of woodland and wildflower meadows and there are over 150 birds of prey.

New Forest

Along the south west coast of the county, visitors can discover a host of exciting attractions in the New Forest.

Families will have the chance to meet Peppa Pig at Paultons Park, car fans can explore Beaulieu National Motor Museum and history enthusiasts can step back in time at Buckler’s Hard, an 18th century shipbuilding village.

South Downs

East Hampshire and the South Downs National Park were home to author Jane Austen.

Visitors can explore her former home in Chawton or follow in her footsteps along a themed walking trail.  

Natural history enthusiasts will love Gilbert White’s House & Garden and The Oates Collection.

Find out about Reverend Gilbert White, the pioneering 18th century naturalist and Frank Oates, a 19th century explorer.

Visit our special offers page for discounts on a variety of things to do in Hampshire. 

Stunning Coastline at Lepe Country ParkCycling at Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Hayling Island


Quintessentially English, Hampshire’s countryside is the ideal rural escape, offering visitors the perfect place to relax and unwind away from urban life.

The two National Parks, South Downs in the east and the New Forest in the west, are perfectly catered towards people who enjoy walking or cycling.

The picturesque landscape of Test Valley boasts clear chalk streams and chocolate-box thatched cottages. 

To the north of the county sits the North Wessex Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is home to Watership Down, the inspiration for the famous novel and film.

The county also has an abundance of country parks dotted around the region.

From coastal Lepe Country Park in the New Forest to Staunton Country Park in east Hampshire, take a picnic or enjoy a bike ride in one of these fabulous open spaces.

If you like being outdoors there are plenty of activities to take part in across the county.

From golf to horse riding and watersports to fishing, there is something from the calm to the exhilarating. 

The county also boasts some of the best gardens in the UK.

Discover the beauty of Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway in the New Forest or Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey.


The county’s coastline is popular with walkers and nature lovers and offers a variety of things to do in Hampshire.

Hayling Island has one of the best beaches in the county, perfect for a fun day out by the seaside.

The area is well known for windsurfing and hosts one of the biggest annual watersports festival in the UK.

For some of the best views across the Solent, visit Lepe Country Park at Exbury.

Here you can watch the ships pass in and out of Southampton and discover the historic D-Day remains.

If you like outdoor activities, head to Calshot, which is home to one of the South's biggest outdoor centres, Calshot Activities Centre.

You'll also find lots of brightly coloured beach huts lining the seafront.

West Quay Shoping Centre

Food and Drink

Hampshire Farmers' Market


There are plenty of opportunities to indulge in shopping across Hampshire.

Shopaholics will love West Quay Shopping Centre in Southampton, Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth and Festival Place in Basingstoke.

If you are looking for a more unique shopping experience discover the  pretty market towns of Romsey, Alresford, Stockbridge, Lymington and Petersfield or the medieval city of Winchester


The county is extremely proud of its farmers’ markets and it is home to the UK’s biggest, in Winchester, organised by Hampshire Farmer's Markets.

There are regular markets in Emsworth, Petersfield, Romsey, Southsea, Southampton, Alton, Hythe, New Milton, Cosham, Hartley Wintney and Elvetham Heath.

Food & Drink

Hampshire is well known for its locally produced food, fine restaurants, welcoming pubs and cosy tea rooms and there are many events throughout the county which celebrate the best of our local produce.

The Hampshire Food Festival is a month long celebration of local food in July and the Watercress Festival in May celebrates the UK’s capital for growing watercress.

Celebrate international cooking at the Mela and Thai festivals which take place in Southampton and Portsmouth. 

To find out about events in Hampshire throughout the year visit our What’s On page.

Further Recommendations

If you would like any further tourism recommendations during your stay in Hampshire then there are a variety of different Tourist Information Centres you can visit anytime where our friendly staff will be more than happy to help you out.

Some of the things you can expect from our Tourist Information Centres include:

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