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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.

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 within the county. Use the 'map view' button to find something near you.

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Keyhaven

Matthew Wardle

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...

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  1. 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.

  2. Add Barton-on-Sea to your Itinerary

    Barton-on-Sea

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    Towns & Villages

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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.

  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 Burley to your Itinerary

    Burley

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    Towns & Villages

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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.

  5. Add Milford-on-Sea to your Itinerary

    Milford-on-Sea

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    Towns & Villages

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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.

  6. Add Hambledon Vineyard to your Itinerary

    Hambledon Vineyard

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    Vineyard

    Location

    Waterlooville

    The UK’s oldest commercial vineyard and now a top sparkling wine producer, Hambledon is open for tours throughout the year.

  7. Add Royal Navy Submarine Museum to your Itinerary

    Royal Navy Submarine Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Gosport

    Go onboard our submarines with a submariner to hear his stories about living beneath the waves. Peer into the only surviving WW2 midget submarine, climb inside the Royal Navy’s first submarine and relax in our harbour side coffee shop.

  8. Add New Forest Centre to your Itinerary

    New Forest Centre

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Lyndhurst

    Find out what makes the Forest so special at the New Forest Centre. The Museum is great for families and there's a Gallery, Library, Visitor Information Centre and Gift Shop too!

  9. Add Red Spider Climbing to your Itinerary

    Red Spider Climbing

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    Sports Activities

    Location

    Fareham

    Red Spider is one of the UK’s biggest and newest dedicated bouldering centres with awesome climbing, fantastic kids castle and a scrumptious café.

    Bouldering is a great physical and mental workout. A thrilling type of rock climbing without ropes, up to 4.5m high, with an emphasis on technique...

  10. Add Ringwood to your Itinerary

    Ringwood

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    Towns & Villages

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    Ringwood

    The western gateway to the New Forest National Park, Ringwood is an ideal touring base. This unspoilt market town is situated on the River Avon and has plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes to enjoy.