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15 Places To Visit In Hampshire – Discover The Real Charm

By Preetha Manivelan - July 23, 2020
Hampshire, UK

South-East England is one of the most visited and densely populated regions in the United Kingdom. This part of Europe is well known for its beautiful gardens, cultural attractions and stunning coastlines. South-East England stands as home to many beautiful counties in which Hampshire is a must-visit. Situated only an hour away from London, Hampshire becomes quite easily accessible and a perfect place for getaways. So, for more information about the county and the places to visit there, check out the below mentioned 15 places to visit in Hampshire.

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15 Places to visit in Hampshire

You will surely be amazed at all the places that you can visit in Hampshire. If you are looking for a stunning coastline or beautiful countryside or exciting attractions, the county has it all. Keep reading to know about the best 15 places to visit in Hampshire.

  1. Winchester
  2. Lymington
  3. Alton
  4. New Forest
  5. Portsmouth
  6. Andover
  7. Stockbridge
  8. Romsey
  9. Southampton
  10. Fareham
  11. Basingstoke
  12. Lyndhurst
  13. Chawton
  14. Petersfield
  15. South Downs National Park
 

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1. Winchester

Winchester is one of the top cities in Hampshire. Interestingly, this city is said to be the place where the modern game of cricket was born. Here, you can also visit places such as Norman Winchester Cathedral, Great Hall of Winchester Castle and many more.

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2. Lymington

Lymington is a beautiful coastal town. The streets of this port town are lined with pretty houses and a lot of pubs and restaurants too. If you can make it to this place on a Saturday, then visit the street market that opens every Saturday morning.

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3. Alton

Alton is a perfect mix of historic buildings and modern structures. The place is extremely famous for its Tuesday market as well as other street markets. While you are there, check out The Curtis Museum, one of the finest museums, which has the collection of local history in Hampshire.

 

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4. New Forest

The New Forest National Park stays as one of the top places to visit in Hampshire for all the nature-lovers, walkers and campers. There are also a few man-made attractions to visit such as Beaulieu Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and the National Motor Museum.

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5. Portsmouth

Exploring Hampshire is never complete without visiting Portsmouth if you are someone who can get fascinated by England’s Naval history. There are a few military harbours and some pieces of heritage that are presented to the public in the form of flagships and warships. However, the best way to know more about this is by taking a boat tour around the harbour.

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6. Andover

Andover is one of the most fertile farming regions in this part of England. While you are there, check out the Museum of the Iron Age which stands as home to some 5,000 years old artefacts. You can also visit Finkley Down Farm Park, the Hawk Conservancy Trust and a few other places.


 

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7. Stockbridge

Stockbridge is a place of historic buildings. It houses more than 20 buildings, mostly from the 16th and the 17th century. While you are there, visit Salisbury Plain and the Museum of Army Flying as these are a must-visit in this region.

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8. Romsey

When you visit Romsey, you will surely be fascinated by the quaint towns and villages. And here, you can witness the beautiful architecture and stained glass windows which would be an eye-treat.

Romsey
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9. Southampton

If you think Southampton is just a cruise stop or shopping destination, then you are wrong. It is much more than that with its diverse nightlife, exciting shopping places and some heritage attractions. Visit this place to experience the charm of this bustling city.

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10. Fareham

Located to the west of Portsmouth harbour is Fareham, an exciting city in Hampshire. It is even said that the factories around Fareham were the bricks that helped in building Victorian England. The famous attractions that you can visit in and around Fareham are Titchfield Abbey, Portchester Castle, Westbury Manor Museum and so many more.

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11. Basingstoke

From a small market town to a commuter town for London now, Basingstoke has a rich history to talk about. The place stands as home to lots of accommodation, thus making it a great place to stay and take excursions to all the places close by.


 

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12. Lyndhurst

Lyndhurst is a large village and an unofficial capital of the New Forest in Hampshire. The main attractions are St. Michael and All Angels Church which were built in the Victorian times. Apart from this, there are other natural attractions like the Deer Sanctuary where you can witness some herds but make no noise, please.

Lyndhurst
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13. Chawton

Chawton is a tiny village that links to one of Britain’s most celebrated authors, Jane Austen. It is said that this author spent eight years of her life here, writing Mansfield Park and Persuasion. The cottage she stayed at is now a museum. Also, there are a few other sights around the village which could surely make your trip interesting.

14. Petersfield

The village of Petersfield is a place of green landscapes. The Church of St. Peter is a very famous attraction here, built with rich architecture. And, for shopping, visit the markets on every Wednesdays and Saturdays, and especially the farmers’ market on the first Sunday of every month.

15. South Downs National Park

The South Downs National Park is located in the centre of Hampshire. With its quaint villages, beautiful cottages and awesome pubs, your trip to this place will never be boring.

With such beautiful attractions, popular shopping places and lively nightlife, why would one say no to a trip to a county like Hampshire? Here, you can also discover fascinating museums and country houses which are absolutely well worthy of a visit. Hope the 15 places to visit that are mentioned above helped you know more about Hampshire. So, planning to visit this charming county? If yes, head out to the website of Pickyourtrail and check out some amazing packages to the United Kingdom. Also, while you are there, we will make sure that you have an awesome vacation with 24*7 support via the Pickyourtrail application. Leave a Whatsapp inquiry for more options!

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