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Are you looking to get away for the weekend on a city break?  Hampshire is one of the best places to take a city break as we have three great cities to choose from Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester. What’s more each of the cities less than 2 hours away from London.

Whether you are looking for history and culture, or to visit amazing attractions, drink and dine at fantastic bars and restaurants or visit great events, Hampshire’s cities have it all!
 

City Breaks in Winchester

The medieval Cathedral city used to be the former capital of England and still retains it’s charm from yesteryear and is great destination for a short city break.  Winchester is the official gateway to the beautiful South Downs National Park. 
The city is also the gastronomic capital of Hampshire with an abundance of delicious cafés and restaurants, including the Michelin Starred Black Rat, Rick Stein and River Cottage Canteen to name a few. It also has some of the county’s best known visitor attractions, including King Arthur’s Round Table at the Great Hall and Winchester Cathedral.

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Top three events in Winchester

Winchester has events galore throughout the whole of the year.  

Winchester Cocktail Week – February
To celebrate that dry January is finished the bars of Winchester hold a cocktail parties to show off their best cocktails.  There are plenty of masterclasses held throughout the festival teaching you how to make the best cocktail.

Winchester Hat Fair – July
The UK’s longest running outdoor performing arts festival.  The weekend festival includes music, comedy, acrobatics and theatre throughout the city’s streets.

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market & Ice Rink– December
One of the best Christmas markets in Europe, situated in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral.  Ideal place to buy a Christmas gift from one of the high quality independent artisans.  The Christmas Market also includes a outdoor ice rink with spectacular views of the Cathedral.

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Getting to Winchester

By Rail: Winchester train station: 1hr from London Waterloo
By Road: 1hr 30 from London

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City Breaks in Portsmouth

This historic city is home to the Royal Navy and is an action packed city break combing an irresistible mix of heritage, culture, shopping, and entertainment. With top attractions such as the iconic Spinnaker Tower.  Shop till you drop at Gunwharf Quays the premium outlet village.  A must see is Portsmouth Historic Dockyard where you can walk aboard historic ships like Horatio Nelson’s HMS Victory, the tall ship Warrior and the breath taking Mary Rose.  Take rib ride or sailing boat out into the Solent, with stunning views of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight coastline.

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Top three events in Portsmouth

Portsmouth has vibrant nightlife with some of the latest music artists and comedians performing in the city throughout the year.

Southsea Food Festival - July

Foodie festival in the heart of quirky Southsea, renowned for its independent restaurants and shops.

Victorious - August
Two day music festival located on the on the iconic Southsea Common, with huge headliners and artists across the whole weekend.

Great South Run - October
Fast and flat 10 mile course which takes you past the major sites of the city such as Spinnakar Tower, through Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

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Getting to Portsmouth

By Rail: Portsmouth Harbour train station 1hr 39 from London Waterloo
By Road: 1hr 35 from London

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City Breaks in Southampton

The city of Southampton is the cruise capital of Europe and home to the Premier League Football Team the Saints.  This city break destination is a shopper’s paradise with the huge West Quay Shopping Centre.  A bustling nightlife with the bars and restaurants on Oxford Street and in Ocean Village marina.  Southampton is now a cultural hub with many West End shows at the Mayflower Theatre.  The Nuffield Southampton Theatre is a leading producing theatre and is relocating to the city’s cultural quarter in November 2017.

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Top three events in Southampton

Common People – May
The makers of the music festival Bestival have created Common People located on Southampton Common playing host to major acts over the weekend.

Mela Festival - July
Southampton’s biggest free festival celebrating South Asian Culture, with authentic Asian food, music and performances across the day.

Southampton Boat Show - September
One of the largest boat shows in Europe including boat experiences, fine dining, music, kids sailing courses and plenty of opportunity to shop for the latest clothing and equipement.

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Getting to Southampton

By Rail: Southampton Central 1hr 15 from London Waterloo
By Road: 1hr 45 from London

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