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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.

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.

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.

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Basingstoke

The Vyne near Basingstoke in Hamshire

The Borough of Basingstoke and Deane covers an area of over 245 square miles. It is easily accessible by car from junctions 6 and 7 of the M3...

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  1. Add Brockenhurst to your Itinerary

    Brockenhurst

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    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  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 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.

  6. Add Basingstoke to your Itinerary

    Basingstoke

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    Towns & Villages

    Basingstoke is not, as is commonly thought, a "new town" - in fact it's an expanded market town with origins that can be traced right back to the Iron Age. Today, Basingstoke is one of Hampshire's most prosperous and vibrant locations.

  7. Add Bishop's Waltham to your Itinerary

    Bishop's Waltham

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    Towns & Villages

    Bishop’s Waltham is a delightful small medieval town twelve miles south east of Winchester. Enjoy traditional shopping, excellent pub lunches and explore the remains of Bishop’s Waltham Palace.

  8. Add Hythe to your Itinerary

    Hythe

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    Southampton

    Visit the pleasant village of Hythe for its historic Pier with electric train, fantastic views of the cruise liners in Southampton Water, and interesting shops.

  9. Add Wickham to your Itinerary

    Wickham

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    Towns & Villages

    The village of Wickham in the Meon Valley is home to the second largest medieval square in England. The bustling village centre is filled with interesting buildings and a selection of tea rooms, restaurants and independent shops.

  10. Add Portsmouth to your Itinerary

    Portsmouth

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    Towns & Villages

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    Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth

    Portsmouth is one of the most exciting locations in Hampshire – with everything from excellent shopping to historic ships such to some of the best coastal views in South East England.