Museums in Hampshire
Historic sites and museums in Hampshire have something for all ages, with plenty to keep the family entertained.
If you like aircraft, ships, outer space, local history, literature, castles, Roman villas or Iron Age forts it's all here in Hampshire.
Travel back in time at Milestones, Hampshire's Living History Museum in Basingstoke, where costumed actors help bring the streets of old to life and you can peruse the shops of yesteryear.
In the stunning Peninsula Barracks in Winchester you’ll find Winchester's Military Museums. This is an outstanding collection of five of the British Army's finest regiments including the Gurkha Museum and Horse Power - the Museum of the King's Royal Hussars.
Get ready for big bangs at Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower at Gosport. In this award-winning, hands-on museum you can see the exciting big guns, torpedoes and missiles that have played such an important part in UK heritage.
If Mr Darcy gets your pulse racing, visit Jane Austen’s House Museum at Chawton, and stand behind the small table where the famous novelist wrote her popular works.
Some of Jane Austen’s clothes and jewellery are also on display and you can walk in the garden which she found so peaceful and inspiring.
For more museums in Hampshire, try the Royal Navy Submarine Museum at Gosport.
Here you can go on board Britain’s only surviving World War II ocean-going submarine and hear submariners’ compelling stories about life beneath the waves.
Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and see Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose, Nelson’s battleship the HMS Victory and Queen Victoria’s HMS Warrior 1860.
At the SeaCity museum in Southampton, find out how the Titanic disaster affected the lives of 500 families in the city.
Experience the sights and sounds of Southampton’s port in 1912, when it was home to 23 steamship companies such as White Star Line and Union Castle.
If you love cars old and new, visit the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.
At Beaulieu you can find out about the history of motoring, from modern rally cars and F1 Grand Prix to Top Gear, James Bond and Del Boy’s Reliant Regal.
The family will also enjoy Palace House, the home of the Montagu family, historic Beaulieu Abbey and numerous other attractions such as a monorail ride and mini driving circuit for children.
Family Friendly Hampshire Museums
Once more on the literary trail, you can visit Selborne to see the historic house and garden which was home to naturalist and writer Gilbert White.
Here you’ll also find an exhibition devoted to explorer Frank Oates, otherwise known as Capt Lawrence Oates of Antarctic fame.
For a different Hampshire museums experience, why not travel by steam or heritage diesel train on the Watercress Line through the beautiful Hampshire countryside.
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'.
Winchester Cathedral boasts the longest nave in Europe, an ancient library and an atmospheric Norman crypt which houses the Sound II statue by Antony Gormley.
The medieval Hospital of St Cross in Winchester is a hidden gem nestling in the water meadows alongside the River Itchen, while tranquil Netley Abbey near Southampton has the extensive ruins of a 13th century Cistercian abbey.
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:
- A guide to the best things to do including visitor attractions and places to visit
- Useful accommodation and booking advice for hotels, B&Bs, holiday cottages and camping and caravan sites
- A what's on guide including information on the latest events and festivals
- Food and drink recommendations including restaurants, pubs and farmers' markets to visit
- Advice on walking, cycling, golf, fishing and horse riding locations
- Heritage information including guides to our stately homes, gardens and landmarks
- Advice and background information on different towns and villages in the region
- Transport, travel advice and information
- A wide range of maps, guides, books and brochures
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Now over 900 years old, a priceless jewel in a scarcely less precious setting. See the tombs of Jane Austen and Izaak Walton, the Chantry Chapels and hear how the diver saved the Cathedral in 1906.
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.
Heritage Cycle Tours is a family business offering accompanied cycle tours through some of the UK’s most beautiful and historic countryside. We take you far from the stresses of everyday life, accompanying you through quiet country roads and revealin
Have a look for the heron stalking its prey and the brent geese coming into land after their 3000 km flight from the arctic. You can also learn about Portsmouth's geology and take a look at the Victorian Museum exhibition.
The displays are designed to allow visitors a view of the natural world as...
A 19th century fort and museum with exhibition illustrating the history of Portsmouth's defences.
The Museum of Army Flying is an award-winning museum about the history of flying in the British Army. The museum hosts an amazing range of nationally important historic and moder aircraft, artefacts and documents that capture the imagination and help to tell the fascinating story of Soldiers in the...
A gem of industrial heritage in beautiful, rural Hampshire, Whitchurch Silk Mill is a 19th century water mill that weaves English silk fabrics using 19th century machinery. The Mill is open to the public.
A Millennium of milling history. Rebuilt in 1744 on an earlier medieval site, the working watermill spans the River Itchen. Flour making demonstrations take place on Saturdays and Sundays.
Five splendid military museums on an historic site with Visitor Centre, café displays and activities to interest all the family.
A unique 18th Century village where warships for Nelson's Navy were built. Maritime museum, historic 18th Century cottages, riverside walk, SS Persia Exhibition, St Mary's Chapel and optional river cruise.