From the great ports on the Solent in the south to the distinguished history of Winchester and the splendour of its National Parks and country idylls, Hampshire is nothing if not diverse.
So really, it’s a question of choosing what’s right for you, be it a medieval market town with a Norman church, an adorable hamlet of thatched cottages, or a one-off destination like Chawton, where Jane Austen lived.
From the Norman conquest kings would come for hunting retreats to the Hampshire countryside and in the New Forest you’ll be in a rare natural landscape of moors, heath, glades and beech forest that a medieval king would recognise today.
Lets explore the best places to visit in Hampshire:
There simply isn’t a better place to come than Portsmouth if you’re fascinated by England’s naval history.
There has been a military harbour here since the Romans, and astounding pieces of heritage are presented to the public: HMS Victory was Lord Nelson’s flagship on which he was killed at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
Then there’s the incredible story of the Mary Rose, a Tudor warship that sank in the Solent in 1545 before being raised in 1982, restored and finally shown to the public along with its artefacts in 2016. And you can also be brought up to date with a boat tour around the harbour where the modern navy is anchored.