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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A look behind the scenes at 150 years of life in home of British Army. Victorian barrack room, uniforms and equipment. Local history gallery. Military vehicle gallery.
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
Visit the remains of the largest known Roman Villa in the area.
Find out what makes the Forest so special at the New Forest Centre. The Museum is great for families and there's a Gallery, Library, Visitor Information Centre and Gift Shop too!
A small commercial gallery 5 minutes' walk from the City Art Gallery in the specialist shopping street Bedford Place.
The Museum of Army Chaplaincy is a unique museum covering the story of Chaplains in the British Army since 1796.
Let off steam and travel by one of our lovingly restored Steam trains through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside.
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.
Five splendid military museums on an historic site with Visitor Centre, café displays and activities to interest all the family.
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.