Winchester cathedral in Hampshire

Hampshire is full of fantastic days out for the whole family and is particularly famous for its amazing countryside, heritage sites and parks.

With vibrant cities, busy market towns, beautiful coastline and a rich cultural heritage, Hampshire caters to many different types of visitors. There is also a great selection of luxury hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfast hotels in Hampshire to choose from meaning visitors can find the perfect accommodation for their stay.

Best of Hampshire breaks for...

  • Active types: Take a break and stay at one of the rural hotels in Hampshire to explore some of the wildlife parks and activities in the New Forest. Walking, hiking and cycling are all popular outdoor pursuits in the area and if you book accommodation at one of the hotels near the New Forest, you can make the most of all the different activities on offer in Hampshire.
  • Historical sites: Winchester's 13th century Great Hall and The Round Table of King Arthur is a great day out if you love medieval mythology. Explore Winchester cathedral, famous for having Europe's longest nave and now home to Antony Gormely's Sound II statue in the Norman crypt. Jane Austen's house in Chawton, near Alton, is where the author lived from 1809 to 1817 and wrote her six novels.
  • Museums and events: Hampshire has a host of museums and Portsmouth's specialise in militaria. The annual Armed Forces Day takes place at the National Museum of the Royal Navy at the end of June. It's a free family event suitable for all ages with no booking needed and you can meet veterans and find out about their wartime experiences first hand. Another popular museum is the The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu which is home to the James Bond Exhibition and features cars, memorabilia and props from the Bond films, including Casino Royale. Beaulieu also has a World of Top Gear exhibit, where you can see the vehicles used in stunts and challenges. The museum also exhibits some of the reasonably priced cars that were driven by celebrity guests on the BBC show.
    Image of Hampshire cottages
  • Families: Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth is an impressive way to look out across the harbour, Solent and as far as the Isle of Wight. The tower's 170 metre high structure incorporates three viewing decks with a glass floor, multimedia area and an open-air third deck allowing you to see for 23 miles on a clear day, with good visibility. This is always a popular attraction with kids, as is Paultons Theme Park in Romsey which is home to 'Peppa Pig World'.

Hampshire is a great destination to visit thanks to the wealth of activities and attractions on offer and the number of Hampshire hotels available to suit all budgets.