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Hampshire is a county on the southern coast of England in United Kingdom. The county town of Hampshire is Winchester and was the former capital of England. It boasts a perfect blend of city, coast and country, together with the natural beauty of two national parks. Whether visiting for a day trip or short break, you’re to find plenty to do during your time here. Cottage hire and lodge vacations are a popular stay in the county.

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The Hampshire Countryside is the ideal rural escape, giving visitors the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind away from hustle and bustle of modern living. There are two National Parks, South Downs in the east and the New Forest in the west, and ideal place for people who enjoy walking or cycling. If you like being outdoors there are plenty of activities to take part in across the county, including golf, horse riding, water sports and fishing. The county also boasts some of the best gardens in the UK, including Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway in the New Forest or Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey. On the coast you will find a unique coastline which is popular with walkers, nature lovers and sailors, with Hayling Island offering one of the best beaches in the county.


The city of Winchester was formally the capital of England. It has an assortment of attractions, including its spectacular cathedral and historic military museums. The Great Hall is the famous home to King Arthur’s legendary Round Table and is the only surviving part of Winchester Castle. On the outskirts of Winchester, you will find 120 acres wildlife park at Marwell Zoo featuring over 170 exotic and endangered species.


Southampton is a port city on England’s south coast and host the annual international boat show each September. It’s home to the Sea City Museum, with an interactive model of the Titanic, which departed from Southampton in 1912. Solent Sky Museum features vintage aircraft like the iconic Spitfire. Tudor House & Garden displays artifacts covering over 800 years of history, including a penny-farthing bike.


The naval city of Portsmouth is a treasure trove of museums and shops with a buzzing, vibrant atmosphere. The Mary Rose Museum and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is home to the HMS Warrior, The National Museum of the Royal Navy and Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory is a must see for anyone visiting the area. Portsmouth’s cityscape is dominated by the 170-metre-tall Spinnaker Tower, which offers fantastic views across Portsmouth Harbour and the Isle of Wight.


Hampshire's watercress production is world famous and the area is renowned for the Hampshire Hog, artisan cheeses including Lyburn Winchester and London Blewe. Also the award-winning Hampshire Food Festival. It is home to Susie Carter, winner of ITV1's Britain's Best Dish, who wowed judges with her watercress and smoked trout tart made entirely from Hampshire ingredients. Hampshire food has been heavily influenced by the trading ships visiting the docks for hundreds of years. Top local eateries include Vetiver Restaurant at Chewton Glen in the New Forest and Lainston House, a charming 17th century country hotel near Winchester.


Hampshire is just an hour from London and its excellent transport links make it an easy destination to reach, whether you are travelling by road, train, ferry, coach or bus. There are frequent ferries to the Isle of Wight from Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth while Southampton is home port to famous cruise liners such as Queen Mary 2. Portsmouth has ferry links with France and Spain and Southampton Airport provides easy access to Europe.