The market town of Fareham is located in the south east of the county Hampshire in England.
With access to roads leading to Southampton and Portsmouth, Fareham is an excellent base to explore the surrounding area, whilst enjoying the community feel of the town itself. Being nearby to the M27 motorway, the town is easy to find and access and also features good public transportation. There are a number of attractions to be enjoyed in the area, many of which have been recently developed, which include the beautiful Georgian buildings of the high street, as well as the amazing selection of eateries and shops.
There are a number of entertainment options, with a cinema, nightclub and theatre, making Fareham the ideal place to stay. The surrounding area features the Royal Armouries Museum, as well as the Hovercraft Museum and Portchester Castle and a number of other historical buildings.
Portchester Castle, Hampshire PO16 9QW (02392) 378291
Built by the Romans and taken over by the Saxons, Portchester Castle has defended the Solent for hundreds of years.
An exhibition in the keep details the history of the castle and the nearby Portchester village. There is also a collection of artefacts uncovered during the excavations of the castle.
Royal Armouries Museum, Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, Fareham PO17 6AN (01329) 233734
Titchfield Abbey, Titchfield, Hampshire PO15 5RA (01424) 775705
Built in the 1860s in defence of the naval port of Portsmouth from a feared French invasion, Fort Nelson’s 19 acres have been completely restored.
The Royal Armouries museum was opened in 1995 to house a collection of 350 big guns and historic cannons, including part of Saddam Hussein’s proposed ‘super gun’.
Built in the 13th Century as an abbey and later converted to a Tudor mansion, Titchfield Abbey has hosted the likes of Henry VIII (who eventually suppressed it in 1537), Edward VI and Queen Elizabeth. It is also believed that William Shakespeare was a visitor.
Modern-day visitors can view Tudor tiles enscribed with script that advises people “before [they] sit down to meat at your table first remember the poor”.