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Things to do in Hampshire

There are so many top things to do in Hampshire, a county famous for the home of Downton Abbey at Highclere Castle to one of the UK's tallest publicly accessible buildings outside of London at Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower.

From the picturesque rolling countryside of the New Forest to the lively coastal cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, you'll never be short of ideas of what to do in Hampshire. The New Forest stretches across 140,000 acres of ancient woodland and unspoilt grassland. It's one of the most beautiful national parks in the UK and home to dozens of fascinating historic villages. 

Hampshire is also home to Winchester. Most famous for one of the country’s oldest cathedrals, Winchester Cathedral, this ancient city was once the capital of England. Find out more about the county's towns and villages with our interactive map of Hampshire.

With its clear chalk streams, thatched cottages and cosy pubs, Hampshire’s countryside is a hidden gem for visitors. Here you’ll find historic buildings, fascinating interactive museums and bustling market towns, together with delicious local produce and gentle scenic walks.

Things to do in Hampshire this weekend

Many of Hampshire's tourist attractions and points of interest are open all year round so find something to do today with activities listings each showing a map and opening times for your convenience. Or why not browse our events guide to find out what's on in Hampshire today or this week.

If you love to shop, Gunwharf Quays is one of Hampshire's best days out and is far more than shopping. With over 90 premium retail outlets and up to 60% off the RRP, plus over 30 delicious restaurants, Gunwharf Quays really will leave you spoilt for choice.

Visit today to experience the idyllic South Coast setting while you save on your favourite designer brands. But it doesn’t stop there…on top of late-night shop and restaurant opening there is a Vue Cinema, Bowlplex and Grosvenor Casino. You many come for the shopping, but you’ll stay for the views.

Top 11 things to do in Hampshire

From period dramas such as the hit ITV show Downton Abbey to action movies including James Bond, Hampshire has set the scene for a wide variety of productions. Take a tour and find out more about some of the county's best known film locations.

List of things to do & places to visit for days out in Hampshire

For more information about Hampshire, including ideas for days out, attractions and events, view the list below for information on things to do and towns and villages in Hampshire. Use the 'map view' button to find something near you.

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Milford-on-Sea

Milford-on-Sea

Milford-on-Sea is a traditional village with spectacular views, great beaches and thriving wildlife. Part of the New Forest National Park, this area...

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  1. Add Milford-on-Sea to your Itinerary

    Milford-on-Sea

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    Milford-on-Sea

    Milford-on-Sea is a traditional village with spectacular views, great beaches and thriving wildlife. Part of the New Forest National Park, this area is perfect for exploring cliff top walks and wildlife.

  2. Add Keyhaven to your Itinerary

    Keyhaven

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    Keyhaven

    This small, quiet village overlooks the Solent and has lovely views of Hurst Castle and the Isle of Wight. Although there are no shops, there are two sailing clubs and a small pub.

  3. Add Brockenhurst to your Itinerary

    Brockenhurst

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    Towns & Villages

    Located in the heart of the New Forest National Park situated between Lyndhurst and Lymington, Brockenhurst is a bustling village, one of the largest in the area.

  4. Add Barton-on-Sea to your Itinerary

    Barton-on-Sea

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    Barton-on-Sea

    Barton-on-Sea boasts superb coastal walks, including the start of the Solent Way which spans the length of Keyhaven Nature Reserve.

  5. Add Burley to your Itinerary

    Burley

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    Burley

    The picturesque village of Burley lies in the heart of the New Forest. With its pretty thatched cottages, old fashioned shops and cosy tea rooms, the village is a must-see for anyone visiting the area.

  6. Add Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower to your Itinerary

    Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower

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    Museum

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    Gosport

    The amazing story of naval firepower, from gunpowder to the Exocet, in an exciting visitor experience for all the family on the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour.

  7. Add Theatre Royal Winchester to your Itinerary

    Theatre Royal Winchester

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    Theatre

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    Winchester

    Beautiful and intimate Edwardian-style Theatre venue

  8. Add Mottisfont Abbey Garden, House and Estate to your Itinerary

    Mottisfont Abbey Garden, House and Estate

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Romsey

    A romantic house and gallery set in beautiful riverside gardens. Carpets of spring bulbs, a stunning walled rose garden, rich autumn leaves and a colourful winter garden make Mottisfont a feast for the senses all year round.

  9. Add Grayshott Pottery to your Itinerary

    Grayshott Pottery

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    Craft Centre

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    Hindhead

    There is plenty to enjoy at Grayshott Pottery.

  10. Add Stockbridge to your Itinerary

    Stockbridge

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    Towns & Villages

    With its pretty high street, independent shops and tempting tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, the small Hampshire town of Stockbridge is a hidden treasure.