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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
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.

Portchester Castle - Fareham
This former Roman Saxon 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.

Bursledon Brickworks - Southampton
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 technqiues and machinery. During your visit you can even have a go at making your own brick.

Fort Nelson - Fareham
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.

Tudor House & Garden - Southampton
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.

Roman Silchester - Silchester
Silchester is around 2000 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.

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.

Winchester Cathedral - Winchester
Winchester Cathedral dates back more than 1000 years and it is Europe's longest Cathedral. Throughout the year it holds various events, including the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market and Ice Rink in November.

Basing House - Basingstoke
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.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and The Mary Rose Museum - Portsmouth
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 VII favourite ship. Tickets for The Mary Rose must be purchased separately.