Places to visit in Hampshire

Visit Hampshire for nautical cities with old-age naval war ships, sail-shaped towers and resurrected Tudor merchant vessels. There's lots to see and many things to do in Hampshire. Historic docks meet modern marinas on the Solent coast. Stay inland for the leafy New Forest National Park swarming with cute wild ponies, donkeys and Georgian market towns filled with yachties. Museums in this south coast county come packed with plenty of armour, military paraphernalia and submarines to keep little (and big) soldiers amused on rainy days. Become a knight of the round table or pay homage to Jane Austen in the cathedral city Winchester.

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Walking in the New Forest

Twist and turn through vibrant gorse, imposing woodland and bubbling streams as you stroll through the Forest’s 143 miles of trails.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

 

November events: Step back in time at the Victorian Christmas Festival

Get in the festive spirit at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Discover Tudor Winchester on foot for free

Thanks to its strong royal links, visitors to Winchester can follow in the footsteps of the Tudors with specialist tours and trails.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 

Bring the kids to family-friendly Victorious Festival

Enjoy a Victorious trip to Portsmouth at this scenic and buzzing music festival.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Get up close with the farm animals at Staunton Country Park

Come and meet friendly farm animals, have a rainforest experience in Victorian glasshouses or get lost in the maze.

Location: Havant, Hampshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Treat the kids at Portsmouth's Action Stations

Let your kids loose on this indoor playground, packed with exciting activities including a ninja course and the UK's tallest indoor climbing tower.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Take part in a 900-year-old tradition

Walk along Winchester’s water meadows to a beautiful medieval almshouse and you are following in the footsteps of weary travellers through the ages.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 

Go wild at the south coast’s only inflatable water park

The New Forest Water Park in Fordingbridge is a unique outdoor attraction with 50 acres of countryside and lakes for the whole family to enjoy.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

 

Abseil down the Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Take in Britain's best views whilst scaling down the side of the Emirates Spinnaker Tower.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Get to grips with nature & play in the trees at Tree Runners

Get Dad out of the house, take the kids off the computer and climb, swing or hug a tree at Tree Runners.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

 

Enjoy really high tea at the Spinnaker Tower

Visit the Café in the Clouds for a high tea with a difference.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Exhibition at The D-Day Story in Portsmouth

Meet Normandy veterans at The D-Day Story

Visit The D-Day Story in Portsmouth and you may be able to meet some of the men and women who took part in the Normandy Landings.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Walk the Plank at Clarence Pier

Are you brave enough to tackle high wire bridges and navigate rope ladders whilst hovering 10 metres above the sea at Clarence Pier?

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Retrace the footsteps of John Keats in Winchester

You don’t have to work up a sweat to follow in the footsteps of one of our greatest romantic poets – it’s actually a very pleasant walk!

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 

November events: Head to foodie paradise in the New Forest

Celebrate the New Forest’s rich culinary heritage at its annual Food & Drink Fortnight from 3 to 16 November 2019.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

 

Celebrate Portsmouth's literary heritage at BookFest

Meet some of the UK's most beloved authors in an annual literary festival for the whole family.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Discover more about the creator of the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Discover Hampshire's famous film and TV locations

From War Horse and Les Misérables to Wolf Hall and Downton Abbey, visit the sets of some of our best-loved film and TV programmes, all based in Hampshire.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 

August events: Look up to the skies at Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Take a kite to Southsea Common and get involved in one of the world's biggest and best kite festivals.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Walk through 800 years of history in Southampton’s Old Town

Love history? Want to step back in time? Head to an area that has seen many famous faces pass along its streets.

Location: Southampton, Hampshire

 

August events: Taste the best of Trout ‘n About Food Festival

Take your pick from hand-crafted jewellery to award-winning sausages at this gourmet event in the heart of the Test Valley.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

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