This pocket of Britain is steeped in history, its picturesque villages hiding secrets of smugglers and assassinations and the crumbling castles dotted along its coastline revealing reminders of military battles won and lost. Hampshire’s two main coastal cities have a fascinating history, along with a stunning coastline. Hampshire also lays claim to one of the most magnificent ancient woodlands in Britain, the New Forest National Park.
Traditional bar at the Anchor Inn, Hampshire | Cosy English Inns | Near Chawton, Jane Austen’s Hampshire

Review: The Anchor Inn, in Jane Austen’s Hampshire

A cosy inn with open fires, but the biggest draw of The Anchor Inn in Hampshire is surely its proximity to Jane Austen’s home in Chawton

Major exhibition marks Battle of Jutland centenary

To mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle ever fought, an exhibition at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Battle – 36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won The War – takes a fresh look at events.

Highclere Castle

Video: Downton Abbey star on filming at Highclere

Downton Abbey executive Producer, Gareth Neame and star actor Hugh Bonneville discuss filming at Highclere Castle and explore the massive global appeal of the show’s quintessential Britishness.

Entrance to Burley Manor, the New Forest, Hampshire. Credit: Burley Manor Hotel

Review: Burley Manor, the New Forest, Hampshire

This newly restored restaurant with rooms is housed in an old manor house on the edge of the New Forest, where ponies and deer roam freely.

First World War warship HMS M.33 opens to public

A small ship with a big history, this unique warship will offer a taste of the ill-fated Gallipoli with an immersive battle experience.

Oakley Hall, Hampshire

Stay in Jane Austen’s old haunt of Oakley Hall

A young Jane Austen regularly visited her neighbours at Oakley Hall, in Hampshire. Today the Georgian country house is a hotel where you can enjoy afternoon tea or try your hand at that most English…

The countryside of kings and queens

Coveted by invaders, Hampshire is home to picturesque villages, stunning coastline and a great forest

A weekend in Winchester

We take a tour of this wonderful city and discover an incredible history, beautiful architecture and a thriving foodie scene.

Photo: Miranda Johnson

A jaunt into Jane Austen country

As Jane Austen readers celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, BRITAIN travels to the quaint village of Chawton

Foodie getaway

The Wellington Arms in Hampshire is the perfect rural retreat for locals and Londoners alike