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Holidays in Hampshire

With half of the county covered by the National Parks of the New Forest and the start of the South Downs, Hampshire is a glorious county for enjoying outdoor pursuits.  Miles of footpaths, cycle trails, woodland, open heathlands and forests are complemented with pretty villages, chocolate box cottages and really good food.
 
Don’t miss the annual New Forest Show which takes place in July each year, in the village of Brockenhurst.
 
Thoughts of the New Forest conjures up images of pretty, rustic villages with rural thatched cottages. The villages of Lymington, Lyndhurst and Burley are all typical of the slow paced New Forest way of life, a perfect place to relax with an ice cream in the sunshine.  The larger market town of Ringwood is an excellent base for those wishing to explore the area.
 
The cathedral city of Winchester is full of history, and also a haven for shopping and dining.  With street theatre, open air events, and busy farmers’ markets, it is a sociable bustling city, much enjoyed by visitors young and old.  Nearby attractions include Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, Marwell Wildlife and of course, Winchester Cathedral.
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Places in Hampshire to visit

Beaulieu Motor Museum

The famous motor museum which has over 250 cars and motorcycles is a great day out for all of the family.

Bucklers Hard

An 18th Century shipbuilding village, Buckler’s Hard is home to a fascinating maritime museum and allows you to step back in time by exploring the historic buildings.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Home to the Mary Rose Museum, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and HMS Alliance, the Historic Dockyard is a must-visit if you are staying in Hampshire.

Royal Navy Submarine Museum Gosport

Step on board the only remaining WW2 era British ocean going submarine and discover what life is like on board!

The Spinnaker Tower

Enjoy the spectacular views across the South coast atop this iconic building.  Thrillseekers may even wish to try abseiling down the side!

Winchester Cathedral

The historic and magnificent Winchester Cathedral is well worth a visit – explore the heritage, attend a service or take a guided tour!

Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World

A fantastic family day out – this theme park caters for all ages with younger children sure to be delighted by the fun-filled Peppa Pig World.

New Forest Wildlife Park

An abundance of forest animals and birds, get close to nature with a visit to the New Forest Wildlife Park.

Marwell Wildlife

Home to many endangered and exotic animals, Marwell Wildlife is a charity dedicated to wildlife conservation, and the zoo offers a fascinating day out.

Mottisfont Abbey

This historical priory and country estate is set in a sheltered valley of the River Test near Romsey where the magnificent gardens compliment well with the house.