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.
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.
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
- Marwell Zoo, Winchester
- Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
- Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line', Alresford
- Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, Winchester
- Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery, Whitchurch
- Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
- Beaulieu National Motor Museum, New Forest
- The Mary Rose & HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth
- Atlas Helicopters Aerial Tours, Lee-on-Solent
- Hawk Conservancy Trust, Andover
- Jane Austen's House Museum, Alton
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.
Towns and places to visit in Hampshire
For more information about Hampshire, including ideas for days out, attractions and events, view the list below for information on towns and villages within the county.