Hampshire Waiting to be Discovered

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Hampshire Waiting to be Discovered

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Whether you are planning your summer break or a day trip, 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


Lady 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


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. 

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


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.

Find out more about Spinnaker Tower


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


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 Energy for Life: Tropical House and get face-to-face with the Linne’s two-toed sloth, free flying birds and butterflies.
  • Run wild at the zoo’s five adventure playgrounds! 
  • Are you or someone you know an animal lover? Get even closer to Marwell’s residents by booking a keeper experience..
  • Love wildlife? Marwell is a charity and every penny spent at the zoo helps support its animals and conservation projects in the UK and overseas.

Find out more about Marwell Zoo


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.

Find out more about Bombay Sapphire Distillery
 


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


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:

  • Tornado Springs - new for 2021! Discover the brand-new world with 8 amazing new rides and experiences at Paultons Park this summer. A storm-ravaged, mid-west desert resort town and step back to the American heyday of the 1950's. Tornado Springs also features a new American roadside eatery, The Route 83 Diner, and an authentic garage-themed shop – Al’s Shop and Store! 
  • Dare you ride the Cobra? This thrilling rollercoaster offers amazing views across the park and is unique to Paultons in the UK!
  • Paultons Park has plenty of areas to discover including Lost Kingdom, Critter Creek, Little Africa and the UK exclusive and world’s first, Peppa Pig World. 
  • Limited availability – all tickets must be purchased in advance.

Find out more about Paultons Park


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: 8

  1. Gunwharf Quays

    Portsmouth

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2021to31 Dec 2021Various Opening Times
  2. Spinnaker Tower

    Portsmouth

    Dates

    From:
    5 Sept 2021to31 Jan 2022Open 10:00 - 17:30
    From:
    22 July 2022to4 Sept 2022Open 09:30 - 18:00

    Price

    Price £11.95 to £49.00 Per Ticket
  3. Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum

    Beaulieu

    Dates

    From:
    29 Mar 2021to31 Dec 2021

    Price

    Price £15.00 to £69.00 Per Ticket
  4. Marwell Zoo

    Winchester

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2021to31 Dec 2021

    Price

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

    Whitchurch

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2021to31 Dec 2021

    Price

    Price £17.50 to £45.00 Per Ticket
  6. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

    HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2021to31 Dec 2021
  7. Paultons Theme Park Home of Peppa Pig World

    Romsey

    Dates

    From:
    12 Apr 2021to31 Dec 2021

    Price

    Price £33.25 to £207.50 Per Ticket
  8. The Mary Rose

    HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2021to31 Dec 2021