More About Hampshire
Hampshire is known for its diverse mix of wild coastline, exciting seaside resorts, beautiful landscapes and bustling market towns. There are holiday cottages in Hampshire available in a wealth of locations, near the coast, on the doorstep of ancient forests or tucked away in the rolling countryside. This means there is something to suit any taste, from exclusive city breaks in a luxurious apartment, to rural exploration involving many of the fantastic activities that Hampshire has to offer, whatever your idea of a holiday is, there are holiday cottages to suit. Some even boast swimming pools, saunas and games rooms, and many others are pet friendly for those who like to take a furry friend on holiday too. Whether you are a family with pets seeking to explore the many attractions and activities that Hampshire has to offer, or if you are a group of thrill seeking friends looking for adrenaline fueled fun, you can find the right accommodation for your holiday.
Hampshire sits on England’s south coast and has an attractive mixture of lifestyle, nature and heritage. The blend of historic towns such as Winchester, the rich natural beauty of the New Forest and the stylish English Riviera in Southampton attracts visitors from all over the UK and beyond. In the same day you can view the famous round table in Winchester’s Great Hall, view the deer at Bolderwood in the New Forest and be sipping cocktails on Southampton Harbour by the evening. Hampshire is a country with rich military heritage and culture ensuring there are places of interest come rain or shine.
Things to Do in Hamsphire
The New Forest is a marvel of natural beauty enclosed by the Wiltshire Chalk Downs to the West and the Solent to the south. It was created as a hunting ground for William the Conqueror in the early 11th century and to this day still homes a range of wildlife including ponies, cattle and deer. The forest is equally as beautiful on foot or bike and more adventurous visitors can ride through the ancient forest on horseback. If the weather does not hold out then the exposure in the New Forest might need to be rescheduled in favour of something a bit more sheltered. Hampshire has an abundance of museums and other day attractions ideal for wet weather. Arts and crafts can be found at The Curtis Museum in Alton and the Fairground Craft and Design Centre in Andover. For something with a bit more bang, there are a number of military museums including the Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport. Alternatively for something more civilised the Intech Science Centre and Planetarium is a good choice.
We want you to enjoy the best that Hampshire has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;
Ferry to the Isle of Wight
Although not strictly Hampshire a day ferry from Southampton to the magical Isle of Wight is a must see. The Isle is packed with events and attractions from music festivals to museums. On a day trip you should check out the Isle of Wight Steam railway to see the beautiful countryside, then smuggle the family into Blackgang Chine for rides at the smuggler themed amusement park, then relax in front of the soothing Waltzing Waters water show, just south of Ryde, before catching the ferry back.
Keat’s Walk in Winchester
Tread in the footsteps of one of England’s most beloved poets. John Keats famously walked this route for the inspiration for one of his most famous poems in his young life ‘To Autumn’. The self-guided walk runs for about 2 miles and refreshments are available along the way at the Cathedral Café or the Bell Inn, or alternatively there are many picnic spots along the way.
Hayling Island Beaches
Hayling Island Beaches are a unique blend of traditional English seaside tradition, unspoilt countryside and water sports galore. It is claimed that windsurfing was invented in Hayling, that tradition is strong to this day with sailing, kitesurfing, power boats, jet skiing and a host of other activities readily available. For those who like their beaches a bit more mellow, there are plenty of places to relax and enjoy the south coast at your own pace.
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