Catergories: Attractions

We know that that Hampshire is one of the greatest Counties in the UK, but now Lonely Planet have also recognised some of Hampshire’s gems within its latest book “Ultimate UK Travelist”.  There are no fewer than 12 recommendations within the top 500 list.  There are also mentions from celebrities within the book who name their favourite spots, some of which are in Hampshire too.
 

Vintage bus at Beaulieu, National Motor Museum

Beaulieu, National Motor Museum

Beaulieu has something for everyone, not just those crazy about cars!  The museum has all manner of cars from classic to modern day supercars, there’s also the stunning Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and Gardens.  Often over looked is the Secret Army exhibition which shares the history of when Beaulieu was a training establishment for Special Agents during the Second World War.  Beaulieu has a packed events schedule throughout the year, headline events being the Supercar Weekend, Autojumbles and fireworks displays.

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Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Hampshire is mecca for gin lovers, being the home of the Bombay Sapphire Distillery.  The distillery is set in beautiful surroundings of a former paper mill, which produced bank notes for countries around the world.  Visitors can’t miss the crystal-clear River Test which runs through the distillery and iconic botanical glasshouses designed by the renowned Architect and Designer, Thomas Heatherwick.  Take a self-guided tour and learn about the gin making process or really treat yourself with the one of the masterclass experiences.

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Giolbert White and Oates Collection Museum Garden

Gilbert White’s House and Oates Collection

One of Hampshire’s hidden gems, a museum which celebrates three pioneers Gilbert White, Frank Oates and Captain Lawrence Oates.  The museum located in the attractive village of Selborne (East Hampshire). Gilbert White was the first naturalist.  Gilbert is best described as the original David Attenborough and is known for his many natural discoveries. Frank Oates, an explorer in the 1800’s who ventured to Africa and Central America, whilst Captain Lawrence Oates was part of the Captain Scott’s expedition to be the first people to reach the South Pole.  Lawrence Oates made famous the line “I am just going outside and may be some time”. 2020 will be a major year of celebration as the museum will mark the tercentenary of Gilbert White’s birth.

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Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle is the setting for the hit TV series Downton Abbey. September 2019 will mark the launch of the Downton Abbey Movie.  Visitors can tour the house and see where the iconic programme was made.  But that’s not all that Highclere Castle has to offer, the grounds and gardens are stunning and were designed by “Capability Brown”. Lesser known is the Egyptian exhibition at Highclere Castle, in dedication to the 5th Earl Carnarvon who was part of the expedition that would discover Tutankhamun.  What’s more you can even stay on the estate within The Grotto Lodge or The London Lodge.

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Jane Austen's House Museum Garden

Jane Austen’s House Museum

For the majority of Jane Austen’s life, the quaint village of Chawton was the world renowned writers home. The village has barely changed which aids visitors imagination to what it was like all those years ago.  Jane Austen's House Museum is a must visit and this year the museum is celebrating its 70th year of being open to the public.  Visitors can explore all parts of her home and the look at original pieces including the iconic writing table where Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were written.  

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St Catherine's Hill part of Keats Trail Ode to Autumn 

Keats, Ode to Autumn Walk 

When the poet John Keats stayed in Winchester he walked the same route every day, this gorgeous route around the city inspired him to write the poem “Ode to Autumn”.  The route takes in the many of the highlights of Winchester including the King Alfred statue, Winchester Cathedral, the cute back streets of Winchester where you will see Winchester College and Wolvsey Castle, the natural beauty of the water meadows and the Hospital of St Cross. If you venture a little off the route you will find the panoramic viewpoint of St Catherine’s Hill. 2019 will mark the 200th anniversary of the iconic poem.

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Couple cycling past New Forest ponies in  the New Forest Park

Cycling in the New Forest

There’s over 100 miles of cycling tracks which offer safe off-road routes for all. The New Forest is great for cyclists who want to potter between the many villages scattered throughout the forest or take in the beautiful heathland and the local wildlife including donkeys, deer and iconic New Forest ponies.  Head to the Cycling in Hampshire website to find inspiration for established routes or download the cycling map to create your own cycling adventure in the New Forest.

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HMS Alliance at the Submarine Museum at Portstmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

A world-class attraction with so much history! Walk aboard HMS Warrior, HMS Victory and even see the spot where Horatio Nelson was shot.  Guests can take a water taxi across the harbour to Gosport to visit the two other museums which are part of the Historic Dockyard, The Submarine Museum and Explosion! Museum, both amazing attractions. At The Submarine Museum immerse by speaking with personnel who have served upon the HMS Alliance submarine.  Explosion is dedicated to the bombs, missiles and other exploding articles, set within Priddy’s Hard, where the Navy’s artillery was once kept.  An insiders tip: if you purchase the full ticket, visitors can return as many times as you wish within the following 12 months for free!

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Views from Old Winchester Hill in the South Downs National Park

South Downs National Park

Hampshire is spoilt to have two National Parks, of which one is the South Downs, stretching from Winchester in the west to Eastbourne 100 miles away in the East.  Made up of undulating terrain and pretty hamlets many that have great pubs.  The South Downs Way is an iconic route that spans the whole length of the National Park, it is challenging whether you try and tackle all or part of the route on foot or by mountain bike, but you will be rewarded with beautiful countryside and spectacular panoramic views from Cheesefoot Hill, Beacon Hill, Old Winchester Hill and Butser Hill at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

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Men tending to the vines at Hattingley Valley Vineyard

Vineyards in Hampshire

Hampshire's vinyards are fast becoming known for making award-winning sparkling wine, often beating established Champagne Houses in tasting competitions. Blessed with a similar climate and geology to the Champagne region enabling to produce exquisite Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes.  The vineyards are predominantly located in the south of Hampshire along the chalk-lines of the county.  Wine lovers can visit a selection of the vineyards and learn about the wine making process and most importantly taste the sparkling wines!

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The Watercress Line steaming through the Hampshire countryside

The Watercress Line

The Watercress Line also known as the Mid-Hants Railway, is a heritage stream train service that runs through the Hampshire Countryside, starting in the market town of Alresford (near Winchester) to Alton in the north of the county.  Named the Watercress Line due to transporting watercress from Alresford to London from 1865 to 1930's . The line Holds numerous special services throughout the year, such as the RAT (real ale train), dining service and family favourite Thomas the Tank Engine to name but a few.

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Winchester Cathedral at dusk

Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral dominates the city, the beautiful cathedral is steeped in history, the resting place of Jane Austen and also having the longest nave in Europe. The exhibition Kings and Scribes - Birth of a Nation, launched in July 2019, opening up a large section of the Cathedral which was not previously seen before.  The Cathedral holds an excellent series of events, including the tower tour which offers a unique view point of the Cathedrals grounds and city centre, booking is essential as tickets sell out quickly.  Often quoted as the one of the best Christmas Market’s in Europe, Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market and ice rink is not to be missed.

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See where the Hampshire attractions ranked in the Lonely Planet’s Ultimate UK Travellist. The book is out now and can be purchased from the Lonely Planet online shop.

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