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Top 10 History & Heritage Days Out in Hampshire

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Hampshire is steeped in history and it has retained many of its important historical sites.

We have selected 10 of the best historical places of interest within the county:

The Great Hall & The Round Table - Winchester

The Great Hall, Winchester

Located in central Winchester, the Great Hall is one of the only surviving parts of Winchester Castle and it is also home to King Arthur's Round Table.

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Portchester Castle - Fareham

Portchester Castle - image courtesy of English Heritage

This former Roman fort is well preserved and offers fantastic views over the city of Portsmouth. Built in the late 3rd century, visitors can learn about the castle's history through an exhibition in the keep.

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Bursledon Brickworks - Southampton

Bursledon Brickworks, Hampshire

Learn about the history of brickmaking at Burseldon Brickworks, a museum based in a Victorian steam-driven brickworks. From 1897 to 1974 the factory was still making bricks using Victorian techniques and machinery. During your visit you can even have a go at making your own brick.

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Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson - Fareham

Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson

Dating back to the 1890s, Fort Nelson offers panoramic views over Meon Valley and Portsmouth Harbour. Visitors can explore the visitor centre, galleries, café and shop during their time at the fort.

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Southampton Tudor House & Garden - Southampton

Southampton Tudor House & Garden, Hampshire

Built in 1495, this museum has had many functions including being used as a home and a dye-house. As well as looking around the house, visitors can also explore its pretty garden.

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Roman Silchester - Silchester

Silchester Roman Wall credit English Heritage

Silchester is around 2,000 years old and excavations take place for six weeks each summer. Visitors are able to go along and see some of these excavations when they take place. Year-round, people will be able to visit the amphitheatre and the Town Walls.

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Southsea Castle - Portsmouth

Built for Henry VIII in 1544, this castle still guards the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. Henry VIII was at Southsea Castle when his beloved Mary Rose sank not far from the shore.

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Winchester Cathedral - Winchester

Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire

Winchester Cathedral dates back more than 1,000 years and it is Europe's longest Cathedral. Throughout the year it holds various events, including the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market. It is also the final resting place of author, Jane Austen.

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Basing House - Basingstoke

Basing House, Hampshire

Dating back to the 12th century, Basing House used to be a Tudor Palace and Castle. Now only ruins remain but the site also houses a café, shop and exhibition. Basing House is also very well known for its historical re-enactments.

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and The Mary Rose Museum - Portsmouth

The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth, Hampshire

This dockyard is home to some of England's most famous ships - HMS Victory and HMS Warrior. Visitors can explore these and other fascinating museums on the site. Also located in the dockyard is the Mary Rose Museum, which is home to Henry VIII’s favourite ship. 

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