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Situated within striking distance of two major cities and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this is an area well worth a visit...
Fareham is situated on the Solent, the water way between the English coast and the Isle of Wight, and is therefore ideally located for fantastic views of the shipping lanes into Southampton and Portsmouth as well as across to the island. The town is small and compact and easy to get around.
The town has historical industries such as brick making; in fact the bricks for the Royal Albert Hall in London came from the town's brick furnaces. Westbury Manor Museum in the town centre tells the story of how the bricks came to be selected from the area and supplied to the capital.
Today, visitors can enjoy Titchfield Abbey. Although much was destroyed in the reign of Henry VIII, you can still visit the site and enjoy the gatehouse building with its medieval stone tiled floors and the remains of the church itself.
Portchester Castle also dates back to medieval times and is located on the outer entrance to Portsmouth's extensive harbour. It has acted as the defensive building for what was once a port, and was also the place where British monarchs launched attacks on France from the safety and security of the castle walls.
Southampton Airport (SOU) is the nearest airport to the town, reached within 30 minutes along major roads. You can arrange to pick up your hire car here or in downtown Fareham itself or in nearby Southampton or Portsmouth. To find the best price on car rental in Fareham, use TravelSupermarket's search tool to the left.
Why not consider car hire? Fareham has a lot to offer and there are many great attractions in nearby towns and cities...
Portsmouth is the nearest major city to Fareham. As the major base of the Royal Navy and with a working port, the city has strong maritime roots. The dockyards house museums such as that dedicated to the Mary Rose, the Tudor ship raised from the waters of the Solent in the 1980s, as well as the National Museum of Maritime History. Of course, no visit to the city would be complete without a visit to HMS Victory used in the Battle of Trafalgar. You can also go on board HMS Warrior, dating back to the fleet of Queen Victoria, and you can take a step into HMS Alliance, a submarine used in World War II as part of Britain's defence and attack force.
Southampton is also only a short drive away. There is much to see and do in Southampton, from great shopping to visiting the SeaCity Museum which tells the story of the city as one of the UK's major ports with links to the Titanic. You can also spot one of the many cruise liners that use the port as their home.
Heading inland, you can enjoy several excellent day trips to the New Forest. With attractions as diverse as Peppa Pig World for the little ones, Bealieu Motor Museum with its extensive collection of motor vehicles, through to Paultons Theme Park, there is plenty of choice. You can, of course, enjoy wonderful walks on one of the many trails.
And with Winchester, Marwell and even the Isle of Wight accessible by local ferries, there is plenty to choose from to make the most of your hire car.