You will never be short of something to do in Hampshire. Between the coastal cities of Portsmouth and Southampton and the beautiful countryside of The New Forrest, you will find castles, museums, heritage sites, beaches and cosy pubs. The county is famous as the home of Downton Abbey and the keeper of King Arthur’s legendary Round Table. You can board Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, or climb Spinnaker Tower, one of the UK’s tallest buildings outside London. With its thatched cottages and lively market towns, award-winning country parks and beautiful scenery, Hampshire is also perfect for the country lover.
History and culture
If you are interested in History, then Hampshire is full of cultural heritage sites. Visit Highclere Castle or Hurst Castle, which boast spectacular views across to the Isle of Wight. Take a historical tour of Winchester Cathedral or visit Whitchurch Silk Mill, which still weaves silk using machinery from the 19th century. Explore the Living History museum in Basingstoke or the fascinating Great Hall, home to Arthur’s legendary Round Table. Visit Peninsula Barracks and see Military collections from The Royal Green Jackets Museum and the Gurkha Museum. If you want to take your interest in history further, visit www.schoolapply.ng for the best courses available.
Something different for a thrilling day
If you are looking for something different, then The New Forest is simply the most beautiful national park. You can find ancient woodland, chalk streams, unspoilt countryside and dozens of picturesque villages. Paulton’s Park offers family adventure days and the National Marwell Zoological Park is a thrilling day out. At The Hawk Conservancy Trust, you can see over 150 birds of prey and they hold daily flying displays. Blue Reef Aquarium in Southsea is home to a stunning aquarium, complete with tropical fish and an underwater tunnel. For star gazers, Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium offers a virtual trip through the galaxy and over 100 interactive exhibits. Hampshire is for everyone.