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Historic sites and museums in Hampshire have something for all ages, and are perfect for a family day out. If you like aircraft, ships, outer space, local history, literature, castles, Roman villas or Iron Age forts it's all here in Hampshire.
 

Museums in Portsmouth & Gosport

Home to HMS Victory, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the UK’s premier destination for naval history and is a must-see for anyone visiting the South of England. The martime city of Portsmouth is also home to the famous Mary Rose Museum where you can explore the remains of Henry VIII’s favourite ship. 

Get ready for big bangs at Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower at Gosport. In this award-winning, hands-on museum you can see the exciting big guns, torpedoes and missiles that have played such an important part in UK heritage. 

Try the Royal Navy Submarine Museum at Gosport. Here you can go on board Britain’s only surviving World War II ocean-going submarine and hear submariners’ compelling stories about life beneath the waves. 

Gosport is also home to The Diving Museum, the UK's only dedicated diving Museum. This fascinating museum showcases diving equipment covering everything from early to modern diving. 

Museums in Winchester

One of Hampshire's jewels in the crown is Winchester's 13th century Great Hall and the greatest symbol of medieval mythology, 'The Round Table of King Arthur'. The Great Hall is also one of the filming locations for Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ series.

Winchester Cathedral boasts the longest nave in Europe, an ancient library and an atmospheric Norman crypt which houses the Sound II statue by Antony Gormley.

The medieval Hospital of St Cross in Winchester is a hidden gem nestling in the water meadows alongside the River Itchen.

In the stunning Peninsula Barracks in Winchester you’ll find Winchester's Military Museums. This is an outstanding collection of five of the British Army's finest regiments including the Gurkha Museum and Horse Power - the Museum of the King's Royal Hussars.
 

Museum in the New Forest

If you love cars old and new, visit the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Find out about the history of motoring, from modern rally cars and F1 Grand Prix to Top Gear, James Bond and Del Boy’s Reliant Regal. The family can also enjoy Palace House, the home of the Montagu family, historic Beaulieu Abbey and numerous other attractions such as a monorail ride and mini driving circuit for children.
 

Museums in Southampton

At the SeaCity museum in Southampton, find out how the Titanic disaster affected the lives of 500 families in the city. Experience the sights and sounds of Southampton’s port in 1912, when it was home to 23 steamship companies such as White Star Line and Union Castle.

Discover Netley Abbey near Southampton which has the extensive ruins of a 13th century Cistercian abbey.
 

Museums in East Hampshire

If Mr Darcy gets your pulse racing, visit Jane Austen’s House Museum at Chawton, and stand behind the small table where the famous novelist wrote her popular works. Some of Jane Austen’s clothes and jewellery are also on display and you can walk in the garden which she found so peaceful and inspiring.

Visit Selborne to see the historic house and garden which was home to naturalist and writer Gilbert White. Here you’ll also find an exhibition devoted to explorer Frank Oates, otherwise known as Capt Lawrence Oates of Antarctic fame.

For a different Hampshire museums experience, why not travel by steam or heritage diesel train on the Watercress Line through the beautiful Hampshire countryside.
 

Museums in Test Valley

In Test Valley, you can visit the oldest working silk mill in Britain, Whitchurch Silk Mill, or explore the beautiful architecture of Romsey Abbey, one of the largest parish churches in England.
 

Museums in Basingstoke

Travel back in time at Milestones, Hampshire's Living History Museum in Basingstoke, where costumed actors help bring the streets of old to life and you can peruse the shops of yesteryear.

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  1. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

    HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

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    1 Jan 2021to31 Dec 2021

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 7987 reviews7987 reviews

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    Price £23.50 to £85.00 Per Ticket
  2. The Mary Rose

    HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

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    1 Jan 2021to31 Dec 2021

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 5616 reviews5616 reviews
  3. Royal Victoria Country Park

    Southampton

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    1 Nov 2021to28 Feb 2022Open 08:00 - 17:00

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 199 reviews199 reviews
  4. Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum

    Beaulieu

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 6761 reviews6761 reviews

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    Price £12.50 to £64.00 Per Ticket
  5. Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

    Exbury

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    29 Mar 2021to31 Oct 2021Open 10:00 - 17:30

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 1237 reviews1237 reviews

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    Price £4.50 to £14.30 Per Ticket
  6. Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

    Alresford

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 1276 reviews1276 reviews

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    Price £8.00 to £40.00 Per Ticket
  7. Eling Tide Mill Experience

    Totton

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    1 Oct 2020to31 Mar 2021Open 11:00 - 16:00
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    1 Apr 2021to30 Sept 2021Open 10:00 - 17:00

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 94 reviews94 reviews

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    Price £3.50 to £15.00 Per Ticket
  8. Winchester Cathedral

    Winchester

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    1 Jan 2021to31 Dec 2021

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 4331 reviews4331 reviews

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    Price £6.00 to £9.50 Per Ticket
  9. Jane Austen's House

    Near Alton

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    From:
    1 Feb 2021to31 May 2021Open 10:30 - 16:30
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    1 June 2021to31 Aug 2021Open 10:00 - 17:00
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    1 Sept 2021to31 Dec 2021Open 10:30 - 16:30

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 881 reviews881 reviews

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    Price £4.00 to £22.00 Per Ticket
  10. Lepe Country Park

    Beaulieu

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    1 Jan 2021to31 Dec 2021

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 402 reviews402 reviews
  11. Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection

    Selborne

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    1 Jan 2021to31 Dec 2021

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    Price £7.50 to £24.00 Per Ticket
  12. Grayshott Pottery and Kiln Café

    Grayshott

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    From:
    1 Jan 2021to31 Dec 2021Various Opening Times
    From:
    1 Jan 2021to31 Dec 2021Various Opening Times