Whether you’re visiting for a short break or enjoying a little longer, Hampshire is home to lots of great attractions, and makes the perfect gateway for reaching other top attractions in Hampshire. Whatever you are looking for; family fun, something for the kids, adventures as a couple, there is an attraction to please everyone. You can enjoy a full day out keeping you entertained for hours, or visit an attraction to occupy you for a couple of hours.
A full day of adventure If it’s adventure you’re after then a visit to Paultons Park is a must, with over 60 rides and attractions, it’s also home to the popular Pepper Pig World, which is perfect for those little ones. Fill the day with enjoyment at Beaulieu home of the National Motor Museum, it’s a great place to spend the day enjoying over 250 automobiles and motorcycles, as well as Palace House and gardens, the Secret Army Exhibition and the World of Top Gear.
Exbury Gardens & Steam railway is great ways to spend the day out in the open. The picturesque gardens and their hidden treasures will keep you entertained for hours! If that’s what you’re looking for then make sure you also visit Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey, a 180-acre garden paradise with a magnificent collection of more than 42,000 plants and boasts one of the largest Winter Gardens of its kind in Europe.
For animal lovers get up-close to your favourite animals at Marwell Zoo. From ring-tailed coatis to majestic giraffes, endangered tigers to frilled lizards, curious meerkats to pygmy hippos – home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings. If you’re a bit of a monkey yourself then Go Ape Southampton promises you fun and adventure in the trees, and you can dive to the depths without getting wet at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Southsea.
Enjoy hands-on, interactive science and technology at the Winchester Science Centre and learn whilst having fun. A unique experience awaits you at Mid Hants Railway “Watercress Line” and for those brave enough try walking over the glass floor platform at Emirates Spinnaker Tower!
You can make your day out interesting and cultural with a visit to Mottisfont with its changing exhibitions, a feast for the senses all year round. Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in England and well worth a visit, with crypt and Cathedral tours available it offers a wealth of beauty, from its outstanding architecture to the deep emotions stirred by its choral music. The only remaining steam driven brickworks left in the country – a unique survivor from our Victorian industrial past, a visit to Bursledon Brickworks is a must!
Manor Farm & Country Park is a working historic farm with lots to see and interact with. For some more history explore historic warships including Nelson’s HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and marvel at “The Big-Guns” at Fort Nelson. Another fascinating part of our history is that of our military. You can see over 40 historic aircraft at the Museum Army of Flying. Experience 1000 years of Royal Navy history at the National Museum of The Royal Navy.
Getting to and from your day out can be just as exciting as the day out itself! Hovertravel offers you the fastest foot passenger service to the Isle of Wight, from Southsea to Ryde. Take your car across from Portsmouth or Lymington with Wightlink ferries. Or, choose between the passenger Red Jet and car ferry service at Red Funnel leaving from Southampton. Whilst you’re discovering the Isle of Wight make sure you explore Dinosaur Isle where you will be taken on a journey back through fossilised time.
Sometimes there’s nothing better than packing up at picnic and heading to a picturesque country park, luckily Hampshire has some great ones to choose from including Staunton Country Park with 1,000 acres for you to explore. There is so much on offer in Hampshire, and Southampton is the perfect place to start your adventures. If you need any help planning your visit to one of Hampshire’s Top Attractions visit www.hampshireattractions.co.uk or pick up a leaflet from reception for discount vouchers and special offers.