10 Hampshire Attractions


This splendid pocket ofBritain boasts picturesque villages, stunning coastline, and the largest tract of heathland in the UK – the New Forest. We run down ten of best places to visit in Hampshire

Swan Green, Lyndhurst

1. Mottisfont Abbey, run by the National Trust, sits near the River Test and has gorgeous gardens.
National Trust

2. Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton is a must for fans of the Sense and Sensibility author.
Jane Austen’s House Museum

3. Hayling Island is on Hampshire’s border with West Sussex and is the perfect spot to while away the hours on a beautiful beach.
Hayling Island

4. The Vyne, near Basingstoke, is one of the great Tudor country houses.
National Trust

5. Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu Village is a bit of four-star luxury in the heart of the New Forest.
Montagu Arms

6. Explosion! Museum, in Gosport displays the history of naval firepower. The scrub covering the ramparts of a nearby eighteenth century fort is currently being removed by a herd of goats.
Explosion! Museum

7. South Downs National Park stretches all the way to Eastbourne in East Sussex and can be accessed through Winchester.
South Downs

8. Oakley Hall, near Basingstoke, is an exquisite hotel. It was once owned by the Bramston family and the Mansfield Park character Lady Bertram was based on Mrs Bramston.
Oakley Hall

9. Portchester Castle is a medieval stone fortress lying on the edge of Portsmouth Harbour, popular with anglers and picnickers alike.
English Heritage

10. Hinton Ampner, near Alresford, is an amazing country house that was remodelled into a twentieth century masterpiece by Ralph Dutton.
National Trust