Museums and heritage
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.
Experience history in motion as you travel by steam or heritage diesel train on the Watercress Line through the beautiful Hampshire countryside. 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.
If you’re looking to discover more about Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’s fascinating past and how it touches our lives today, look no further than the History Revealed website. Fun and intriguing days out are guaranteed with something to inspire every member of the family. You’ll want to come back time and time again to uncover our amazing history and make your own memories.
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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.
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 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.
a programme for lively minds
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.
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.
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...
A selection of fascinating paintings of local interest by local artist.
A museum with a comprehensive collection of farm machines, implements, wagons, displays on past village life, small arboretum and a woodland walk.
Go onboard our submarines with a submariner to hear his stories about living beneath the waves. Peer into the only surviving WW2 midget submarine, climb inside the Royal Navy’s first submarine and relax in our harbour side coffee shop.