The beautiful countryside of Hampshire with charming towns and cities with strategic ports is ideal as a holiday destination. Portsmouth is an important Naval base with a maritime heritage and home to the famous flagship of Lord Nelson, HMS Victory.
The Spinnaker Tower is a more modern landmark, but Portsmouth is rightly proud of the role its people have played in Navy history. In Southampton there is an excellent shopping centre and waterfront, and the city is best known as a departure and arrivals point for cruise ships, the most famous departure being the Titanic in 1912. The Old Town has a historic arch and Southampton has ferries across the Solent.
Winchester with its cathedral and the burial place of Jane Austen is a beautiful historic town with intriguing streets and an excellent market.
Visit the Westgate Museum, and the Great Hall which is the only surviving piece of the original castle. In nearby Romsey visit the local shops and take a tour of Broadlands, the stately home of the Mountbatten family.
Hampshire is famous for the New Forest, acres of forest and heathland with over 1500 deer and wild ponies and developed by William the Conqueror. It is excellent for walking and off road cycling and has many picturesque villages with country pubs in the Forest area itself. Take a ferry to the Isle of Wight and explore Osborne House, home of Queen Victoria, or simply relax on the beach. Hampshire has many small harbours and beaches such as Hamble, Christchurch and Southsea and is a real delight for water sports.
Visit in Cowes Week for some stunning yacht scenes off the Isle of Wight and a great atmosphere in Cowes itself. Hampshire has a lot to offer visitors and is perfect for weekend or longer breaks.