This historic county has much to offer, from centuries old castles and forts built to protect the Solent, to mast filled harbours and a glorious coastline. Explore the stunning New Forest possessing the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pastureland, heathland and forest in the south of England. There are also the bustling cities of Southampton and Portsmouth, and the unspoilt Isle of Wight to discover.
Escape the confines of the car and enjoy clean air, heading out on foot, bicycle or even horseback! All year round there are guided walks where you can learn about local history, wildlife, geology and folklore. Or, go off the beaten track and explore solo.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Portsmouth’s dockyards are home to the Royal Naval Museum and three famous warships - Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory, Henry VIII’s favourite warship the Mary Rose, and the first iron hulled armoured battleship HMS Warrior.
The Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
A 170 metre tall visitor attraction with breathtaking 350º panoramic views of Portsmouth Harbour, the South coast and Isle of Wight. Taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben, it has become an icon of the south.
Blue Reef Aquarium, Southsea
Voted Visitor Attraction of the year by Tourism South East. Gaze at sea life ranging from local marine species to hundreds of tropical fish housed in the huge ocean display complete with underwater tunnel.
Food and drink
Hotel du Vin, Winchester
This boutique hotel resides in one of central Winchester’s most important buildings dating back to the 17th century. Relax in the intimate, shabby-chic French styled bistro whilst dining on the finest produce Hampshire has to offer. There is an impressive selection of fine wines.
Bombay Bay, Southsea Marina
The only Indian restaurant and bar in the Marina, Bombay Bay combines spectacular views with a memorable menu and decor. Dine inside or enjoy the views from the outdoor patio. The highly trained chefs prepare both new and traditional dishes.
White Star, 28 Oxford St, Southampton
Enjoy the cosmopolitan vibe of the White Star. The brasserie style menu offers fresh, locally sourced ingredients in their classic British dishes. Diners can eat in the contemporary restaurant or spacious bar area and boutique accommodation is also available upstairs.
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Hampshire Tourist Information