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.
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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.
Hampshire attractions include a great choice of arts activities and entertainment.
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.
The county’s beautiful coastline is never far away and is perfect for beach games, water sports and boating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 day...
The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a visitor centre and conservation charity that works in the fields of conservation, education, rehabilitation and research of birds of prey. If you have not yet witnessed the...
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....
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...
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...
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Stately Homes & Gardens in Hampshire
Hampshire has proved a fertile ground for many celebrated writers over the last few centuries, drawn to the beauty of its countryside and heritage.
There are plenty of things to do in Hampshire to keep all the family happy, from animal attractions to steam trains, big ships and hands-on science.
From tigers and toucans to piglets and ponies, there are loads of wildlife attractions in Hampshire where you can get up close to your favourite animals.
Hampshire boasts a vibrant contemporary arts scene, with many arts centres, galleries, cinemas and theatres which host a range of entertainment, from big name productions to comedy nights.
Museums in Hampshire
From Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park to the Spinnaker Tower, Hampshire's top attractions offer fun days out for all the family
Hampshire is home to both the Royal Navy and the British Army and our award-winning attractions tell the story of the country's naval, aviation and military history.