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.
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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.
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
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.
The county’s beautiful beaches and coast is never far away and is perfect for beach games, water sports and boating.
Don’t miss Paulton’s Park at Ower and Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower for more great family adventures.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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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.
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.
Hampshire has proved a fertile ground for many celebrated writers over the last few centuries, drawn to the beauty of its countryside and heritage.
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 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.
Stately Homes & Gardens 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
Museums in Hampshire