Hampshire Waiting to be Discovered

Hampshire Waiting to be Discovered

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Whether you are planning a last minute this year trip or looking ahead to 2021, Hampshire is waiting to be discovered. The county is home to some of the UK’s very best attractions, all offering great days out and something for everyone.

Choose Hampshire for your next day trip or short break and discover where Bombay Sapphire Gin is made, why the Mary Rose was Henry VIII’s favourite ship, where Nelson was shot onboard HMS Victory, why a giraffes neck is so long and much more.

Must Visit Attractions

Penguin at Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo

Located on the outskirts of the historic city of Winchester, Marwell Zoo is home to hundreds of endangered and exotic species in 140 acres of beautiful parkland. There is plenty for the whole family to discover and so many species to learn about! From Amur tigers and snow leopards, to brilliant birds and cheeky meerkats, Marwell offers you the chance to get up close to some incredible members of the animal kingdom.

Waiting to be discovered:

  • Pay a visit to Marwell’s Tropical House and get face-to-face with Linne, the two-toed sloth.
  • Are you or someone you know an animal lover? Get even closer to Marwell’s residents by booking a keeper experience.
  • Love wildlife photography? Sign up to one of Marwell’s photographic experience days for the opportunity to capture some amazing images.

Find out more about Marwell Zoo

Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park

Paultons Park, Home of Peppa Pig World

Voted number one family theme park in the UK by TripAdvisor four years running, Paultons Park is located on the edge of the New Forest National park and is home to the only Peppa Pig World. This family theme park offers an unforgettable experience for all ages. Spend the day riding exhilarating rides and roller coasters, meeting the park’s animals, or exploring the 140 acres of landscaped gardens. If you are feeling brave, adventure into the Lost Kingdom where dinosaurs roam among two dino-themed family roller coasters. Before you leave don’t forget to pay a visit to Little Africa where you can come face to face with cute foxes, savannah monitor lizzards and many other African animals.

Waiting to be discovered:

  • Paultons Park has plenty of areas to discover including Asian Gardens, Lost Kingdom, Critter Creek, Little Africa and Peppa Pig World.
  • Buy your tickets in advance online and save money!
  • Make sure you take a ride on Cobra. This is Paultons Park's tallest ride and offers amazing views across the park before you plummet back down to earth.

2020/2021 Events:

  • Christmas at Paultons Park: Head to Paultons Park during the Christmas period and discover magical illuminations, meet Peppa and George in their seasonal outfits and enjoy a brand-new Christmas show featuring Father Christmas himself. Find out more about Christmas at Paultons Park
  • Tornado Springs: Opening 19th March 2021, Tornado Springs, a brand-new world featuring 8 incredible new rides and experiences including a spinning coaster, gyro swing ride and a driving school attraction. Find out more about Tornado Springs

Find out more about Paultons Park

Bombay Sapphire Distilleries Iconic Glass Houses

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Embark on a discovery experience at Bombay Sapphire Distillery and learn how the world-famous Bombay Sapphire Gin is made and the ten botanicals that are used to make it. On your visit you will learn the care, skill and artistry that goes into every drop, see the iconic glass houses, and discover your own personal taste profile. At the end of your tour visit the Mill Bar where a member of bar staff will make you a delicious complimentary gin cocktail based on your taste profile.

Waiting to be discovered:

  • Make sure you try The Laverstoke Cocktail, which has been created especially for the distillery and is a nod to Laverstoke Mill where the distillery is located.
  • Upgrade your experience to a Cocktail Masterclass and learn to make your favourite gin-based cocktail.  
  • Pop into the Gin Shop and stock up on all things Bombay Sapphire related before you head home.

Events 2020/2021:

  • Christmas Cocktail Experiences: Enjoy a guided tasting of a range of gins, then have a go at making your own Christmas Gin & Tonic. Cocktail in hand, you will then learn how to make the masterpiece of the evening, a classic French 75 cocktail. The evening concludes with a final Winter Laverstoke cocktail and a mince pie in the Mill Bar to finish. Find out more about Bombay Sapphire’s Christmas Cocktail Experiences

Find out more about Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Ladies Shopping at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth

Gunwharf Quays

Shop ‘til you drop whilst enjoying outlet prices at the UK’s only waterfront shopping destination. Gunwharf Quays is located on the edge of the maritime city of Portsmouth’s harbour and offers over 90 famous brands including Coach, North Face, The White Company, Hugo Boss and Nike. As well as shopping discover over 30 restaurants, bars and cafes, many situated along the waterfront offering spectacular views across the harbour.

Waiting to be discovered:

  • When shopping at Gunwharf Quay’s you can save up to 60% premium brands.  
  • Not only can you shop, Gunwharf is home to a 14 screen Cinema and a bowling alley.  
  • Prior to being a shopping destination, Gunwharf Quays was where the Royal Navy and Army stored its weaponry. Rumour has it that Nelson marched through Vermon Gate, The north pedestrian entrance to Gunwharf, on this way to the Battle of Trafalgar.  

Find out more about Gunwharf Quays

Inside The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth

The Mary Rose

In 1545, The Mary Rose sank outside Portsmouth Harbour defending England from invasion.  In 1982, The Mary Rose made a spectacular return to the surface and now you can experience The Mary Rose as never before. Explore the remains of Henry VIII’s favourite ship, recovered from the seabed in one of the most challenging archaeological excavations of all time. From the large bronze and iron guns to personal items like wooden bowls, tiny dice and nit combs, The Mary Rose experience recreates life on-board a 16th century warship.

Waiting to be discovered:

  • Buy the ‘Ultimate Explorer ticket’ from The Mary Rose’s website in advance of your visit. As well as entry into The Mary Rose, this ticket includes entry into Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and means you can visit as often as you like for 12 months.
  • In 2022 it will be 40 years since the Mary Rose was bought up from The Solent seabed.
  • After your visit to The Mary Rose, make your way to Southsea Castle on the seafront. It is here that Henry VIII watched his beloved Mary Rose sink.  

Find out more about The Mary Rose

HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Step back in time onboard authentic historic ships at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Your ticket will give you entry into all the fascinating ships including Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory and Queen Victoria’s HMS Warrior. Walk around insightful exhibitions and take the free water shuttle service across Portsmouth Harbour to the Submarine Museum, where you can adventure into HMS Alliance. For those feeling a little more energetic head Action Stations and release your inner ninja on the Ninja Force assault course.

Waiting to be discovered:

  • Jump on one of the free harbour tours and see some of the current Royal Navy ships docked next to the attraction.
  • Buy the ‘Ultimate Explorer ticket’ from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s website in advance of your visit. As well as entry into the Dockyards, this ticket includes entry into The Mary Rose and means you can visit as often as you like for 12 months.
  • Did you know Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has been the setting for some huge movies including Les Miserables and Transformers?

Find out more about Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Emirates Spinnaker Tower Overlooking Portsmouth Harbour

Spinnaker Tower

Adventure over 100 metres above the city of Portsmouth and enjoy views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Dare to cross the amazing glass Sky Walk and watch the boats bobbing about in the waves below your feet or head to up another level to the Sky Garden and feel the sea breeze on your face. On your way back down stop off at The Cloud Café and enjoy a coffee and cake whilst taking in the views.

Waiting to be discovered:

  • Make your visit extra special and book afternoon High Tea to be enjoyed 105 metres up in The Cloud Café.
  • For an adrenaline fuelled experience you can book an abseil down the side of the tower. Available April – September. Subject to availability.
  • Keep an eye on Spinnaker Tower’s events programme for evening entertainment in the sky, including comedy nights, Sunset Sundays, and City Light nights.

2020/2021 Events:

  • Breakfast with Father Christmas: Santa returns to the Spinnaker Tower this Christmas and he’s tucking into breakfast to make sure he’s full of energy for a busy day of festive preparations. Join him and his elves in the Waterfront Café for some festive fun! All children will receive a gift from Santa. Find out more about Spinnaker Tower’s Breakfast with Father Christmas

Find out more about Spinnaker Tower

Vintage Car at Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum

Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum

Located in the New Forest National Park Beaulieu offers a top day out for the whole family and is much more than a Motor Museum! Step inside The National Motor Museum and discover over 250 vehicles, explore Lord Montague's family home, Palace House and walk around Beaulieu Abbey which was largely destroyed by Henry VIII. Little ones (and big ones) will love a ride the monorail around the grounds and also letting off some of their steam by running wild around Little Beaulieu play area.

Waiting to be discovered:

  • Did you know Beaulieu used to be a location where spies were trained? Find out more by visiting the Secret Army Exhibition.
  • Each year Beaulieu hold several ‘Simply’ events, inviting car owners into the grounds to display their vehicles. Some of the most popular Simply events include Simply VW, Simply American, Simply Mercedes and Simply Aston Martin.
  • Beaulieu is home to World of Top Gear where you can see unique behind the scenes footage from Top Gear HQ and cars from the show's most ambitious challenges.

Find out more about Beaulieu

With So Much To See, Why Not Stay A Little Longer?

As well as some of the best attractions in the country, the county is home to fantastic accommodation with something for everyone, miles of open space and two National Parks.

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Travel Information

Getting to Hampshire

Hampshire is very accessible, below are a sample average journey times by car:

Table of travel time to Hampshire

Getting Around Hampshire

Hampshire has an excellent road network linking our villages, towns, cities, attractions and places to stay.

Road map of Hampshire

Below is an example of journey times by car between our cities and towns. 

Table of travel times in county

Number of results:

Number of results: 7

  1. Gunwharf Quays



    1 Jan 2021to31 Dec 2021Various Opening Times
  2. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

    HM Naval Base, Portsmouth


    1 Jan 2021to31 Dec 2021
  3. The Mary Rose

    HM Naval Base, Portsmouth


    1 Jan 2021to31 Dec 2021
  4. Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum



    29 Mar 2021to31 Dec 2021


    Price £12.50 to £64.00 Per Ticket
  5. Paultons Theme Park Home of Peppa Pig World



    12 Apr 2021to31 Dec 2021


    Price £33.25 to £207.50 Per Ticket
  6. Marwell Zoo



    1 Jan 2021to31 Dec 2021


    Price £19.00 to £76.00 Per Ticket
  7. Bombay Sapphire Distillery



    1 Jan 2021to31 Dec 2021