Museums in Hampshire
Hampshire's museums and historic sites have something for all ages and there's plenty to keep the family entertained.
If you like aircraft, submarines, ships, science, local history, literature, castles, Roman villas or Iron Age forts it's all here.
Visit the oldest working silk mill in Britain, Whitchurch Silk Mill, and travel back in time at Milestones, Hampshire's Living History Museum in Basingstoke where costumed actors help bring the streets of old to life.
One of Hampshire's jewels in the crown is Winchester's 13th century Great Hall and the greatest symbol of medieval mythology, 'The Round Table of King Arthur'.
Closeby, located in the stunning Peninsula Barracks, are Winchester's Military Museums, an outstanding collection of six of the British Army's finest regiments including the Gurkha Museum and Horse Power - the Museum of the King's Royal Hussars.
Winchester Cathedral boasts the longest nave in Europe, an ancient library and an atmospheric Norman crypt which houses the Sound II statue by Antony Gormely.
Romsey Abbey has a large programme of concerts and is now one of the largest parish churches in England. Netley Abbey near Southampton offers a tranquil setting with extensive ruins of a 13th century Cistercian abbey, and the medieval Hospital of St Cross in Winchester is a hidden gem, nestled in the water meadows alongside the River Itchen.
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Discover the many stories of Basing House, a nationally important historical site. This magnificent attraction dates from the Norman period and was the site of the largest private house in Tudor England.
A selection of fascinating paintings of local interest by local artist.
The novelist Jane Austen is known worldwide for her popular novels describing the society of pre-industrial England.
Historic house and garden, home of Gilbert White, author of 'The Natural History of Selborne'. Exhibition on Frank Oates, explorer and Capt Lawrence Oates of Antarctic fame.
Take an unbelievably 'real' journey through time and come face to face with fascinating artefacts and historic ships that helped shape British history. With six landmark attractions, there really is something for everyone.
The museum is suitable for all ages, with plenty to keep the whole family occupied. Younger visitors can explore the museum's specially created Post Office and explore the museum through a range of I-Spy trails.
a programme for lively minds
Discover Grayshott Pottery and Jolleys Café
Shopping or time for Coffee, Lunch and Tea There is plenty to enjoy at Grayshott Pottery. It has a studio gallery where visitors can buy the work of many of the Pottery’s designers and decorators. It also has an extensive gift and...
The amazing story of naval firepower, from gunpowder to the Exocet, in an exciting visitor experience for all the family on the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour.
Situated at the top of the High Street just to the left of The Westgate, The Great Hall and Sally Port are the only surviving parts of Winchester Castle.