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Hampshire Attractions

Meet a penguin face to face, prepare for battle stations, walk in Jane Austen’s footsteps or take a trip into outer space – there are so many exciting Hampshire attractions that you’ll never run out of things to do.

Planning days out is easy with our Hampshire attractions search, or take a look at some of our top 10 ideas.

Visit our special offers page for discounts at a variety of venues across the county.

Amazing Animals

Giraffes, lions, tigers, meerkats and marmosets are just a few of the many animals on show at Marwell Wildlife.

Make friends with the deer, otters, wallabies and wild boar at New Forest Wildlife Park or go wild in the impressive adventure playgrounds.

Children will love feeding the baby animals at Longdown Activity Farm and you’ll find friendly farm animals plus a fabulous play barn at Staunton Country Park.

You can watch hundreds of brightly coloured tropical fish at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth or marvel at the spectacular daily flying demonstrations at The Hawk Conservancy Trust near Andover.

Arts & Entertainment

Hampshire attractions include a great choice of activities, arts and entertainment

Follow the art trail at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near Romsey, or see the impressive collections in the Southampton City Art Gallery. 

The county’s thriving arts centres offer everything from belly dancing and singing to ukulele lessons and purse making.

Top theatres in Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth stage fantastic shows, from West End productions and musicals to opera and pantomime.  

Manor Farm Country ParkSouthampton City Art GalleryNew Forest Wildlife Park


Family Fun

Hampshire’s Queen Elizabeth, Staunton, Royal Victoria and Manor Farm Country Parks offer hours of outdoor family fun as well as attractions such as play areas, nature walks and cycle trails.

The county’s beautiful beaches and coast is never far away and is perfect for beach games, water sports and boating.

Children can get hands-on and interactive at many Hampshire attractions, including Milestones in Basingstoke, the Winchester Science Centre and Explosions! in Gosport

Don’t miss Paulton’s Park at Ower and Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower for more great family adventures. 

Literary Heritage

Jane Austen is the author most often associated with attractions in Hampshire but other famous names also have a literary connection with the county.

These include naturalist Gilbert White, poets John Keats and Edward Thomas, writers Charles Dickens, Flora Thompson and Thomas Hardy and the Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle.

Discover more about these renowned writers on a literary trail through Hampshire.

Take in Jane Austen’s house at Chawton, Gilbert White’s home at Selborne, Dickens’ birthplace in Portsmouth and other literary sites in Liphook, Minstead and Winchester.  

Military Heritage

Whether on land, sea or air you’ll find a wealth of rich military history in Hampshire.

You can visit the tranquil burial place of Crimean war heroine Florence Nightingale at St Margaret’s Church in East Wellow, where there are artefacts and photographs relating to the life of this modern healthcare pioneer.

Other military attractions in Hampshire include the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop, the home of the British Army at Aldershot and Portsmouth’s exciting naval museums at the Dockyard.

For fascinating insights into Britain’s past, climb the Roman walls at Portchester Castle, explore the regimental museums at Winchester or imagine firing the big guns at the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson. 

Gilbert Whites HouseMilestonesPortchester Castle  

Museums & History

Chug along on a steam train on the historic Watercress Line or re-live the tragic story of the Titanic at the SeaCity museum in Southampton.

Find out about quirky forest traditions at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst or go back in time in the Maritime Museum at Buckler’s Hard near Beaulieu, where the ships for Nelson’s Navy were once built.   

Whether you like boats, books, cannons, castles, stars, science or submarines, you’ll find plenty of museum and heritage attractions in Hampshire.

Stately Homes & Gardens

Associated with famous figures such as Wellington, Lord Louis Mountbatten and the Rothschilds, Hampshire’s stately homes and gardens offer fascinating days out. 

You’ll find gardens both charming and compact or impressive and vast as well as stately homes on a grand scale.

Discover fragrant and sensual delights in the lovely gardens at Mottisfont, Exbury, Hinton Ampner and Houghton and see life as it was once lived at Uppark, Statfield Saye or The Vyne. 

If you’re spoilt for choice, why not try Hampshire’s Top Attractions?

You can enjoy events, news and special offer vouchers to many of these fabulous family-friendly sites.

From the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and Winchester Cathedral to Paulton’s Park and the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens at Romsey, there’s so much to explore and enjoy.   

Featured Attractions

Hurst Castle

Hurst Castle

Hurst Castle is situated at the seaward end of the shingle spit that extends 1.5 miles from Milford-On-Sea. The end of the spit, only three-quarters of a mile from the Isle of Wight, and the views from the top...

Staunton Country Park

Staunton Country Park

With a farm full of friendly animals, the south coast’s largest ornamental glasshouses, beautiful gardens and 1,000 acres of country park to explore there’s something for everyone. Children can feed friendly...

Go Ape

Go Ape at Itchen Valley

Silver Award in the ‘Beautiful South’ Small Visitor Attraction of the Year. Tucked away in 440 acres of woodland and meadows close to the River Itchen, Itchen Valley Country Park is perfect for a family...

Hawk Conservancy Trust

Hawk Conservancy Trust

The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a full day out for all the family.  There are up to three world-class flying displays each day which showcase the skill of our birds, over 150 birds of prey on view from the tiny...

Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

Let the train take the strain as you sit back, relax and travel through the heart of the English countryside. Whether you are taking a trip down memory lane or creating new ones, it’s the perfect way to unwind...

Basing House

Basing House

Basing House was once the country’s largest private house and home to the powerful courtier William Paulet, Marquess of Winchester. It was the scene of many royal visits, by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and others....

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

Hudson's Heritage Award Winner 2011 - Best Gardens Created by Lionel de Rothschild in the 1920's, the Gardens are a stunning vision of his inspiration, offering 200-acres of natural beauty & horticultural...

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