Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum

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Things To Do in Hampshire

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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.

For ideas and inspiration on where to stay, what's on and things to do in Hampshire visit the official website, Visit-Hampshire.

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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  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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. The 1642 Living History Village

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    Rowner, Gosport

    A representational Hampshire village set in the year 1642. Timber and thatched buildings, occupants dressed and speak in 17thC style.

  7. Avington Park

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    Winchester

    Avington Park, a Palladian mansion, features a classical portico surmounted by 3 statues built in 1670 and glass conservatories, gilded, painted, set in own parkland.

  8. Test Valley

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    Test Valley is Hampshire’s best kept secret, characterised by its wonderful countryside and attractive villages, the famous River Test and bustling market towns.

  9. Marwell Zoo

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    Winchester

    Embrace your wild side at Marwell Zoo! Home to hundreds of endangered and exotic species in 140 acres of beautiful parkland, there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy and admire. From Amur tigers to brilliant birds, Marwell offers you the chance…

  10. The Grange Festival

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    Opera House

    ALRESFORD

    The Grange Festival is dedicated to performing world-class opera in the heart of Hampshire. Our 2019 season promises a mixture of well-loved operatic gems and rarely-seen treats, the return of Dance@TheGrange, and The John Wilson Orchestra.

  11. HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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    HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

    There have been many celebrated warships in Britain’s naval history but HMS Victory can justifiably claim to be the most famous of them all. Having served as Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar.

  12. Edward Thomas circular walk

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    Steep near Petersfield

    A 4 mile circular walk with stunning views of the South Downs

  13. Winchester Castle

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    Winchester

    Winchester Castle includes The Great Hall, The Round Table and Queen Eleanor's Garden - see individual entries for more details.

  14. Portsmouth

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    Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth

    With a rich maritime and naval history, Portsmouth's fortunes have long been intimately tied to the sea. Even today, many of Portsmouth's most stunning features and most popular attractions are found near the harbour.

  15. Gorilla Spirits Co. Distillery

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    BASINGSTOKE

    Nestled in the beautiful Hampshire village of Upton Grey, Gorilla Spirits Co.’s distillery is where they make their range of small-batch, award-winning spirits – all while donating £1 from every bottle to The Gorilla Organization.

  16. Ringwood Brewery

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    Ringwood

    Along with creating quality craft ales, we are also relaxation enthusiasts. Our motto is “Visit the Winding Downs” - a place to enjoy some quality time with friends. So pop down to visit our shop or book on a tour of the brewery!

  17. HMS Warrior at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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    HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

    HMS Warrior 1860 was Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured warship and the pride of Queen Victoria’s Fleet. On her first voyage, HMS Warrior caused a sensation; people crowded to see her and she was considered invincible.

  18. Beaulieu

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    Beaulieu in Hampshire is one of the most beautiful villages in the New Forest, offering riverside walks, lovely gardens and the famous National Motor Museum.

  19. Lepe Country Park

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    Beaulieu

    Lepe Country Park has something for everyone. The long stretch of shingle beach is popular with kite surfers and wind surfers, families and holidaymakers. From the shoreline you can look across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Watch yachts, ferries…

  20. New Forest Activities

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    Beaulieu

    New Forest Activities is a one-stop shop for booking activities and discovering what there is to do in The New Forest National Park. Based on Beaulieu High Street, the New Forest Activities Booking Centre specialised in providing information about…

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