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Pretty seaside beach towns overlook the English Channel, expansive national parks cover miles of landscape in a blanket of verdant foliage, and the stately homes and well-tended estates that dot the landscape of idyllic Hampshire have inspired the works of famous writers like Dickens and Austin. Hampshire is a delightful tourist county, famed for its active military past and historic battlegrounds. Shop in contemporary multi-level malls and rattle around on trundling rollercoasters at family theme parks as you explore this diverse and exciting corner of England.

Things to see

If you didn’t know Hampshire was on the coast before you got here, the colossal cruise terminals in Southampton and Portsmouth might give it away. Along West Quay Road, the white hulks of luxury liners idle gently in the harbor, loading and unloading excited passengers before setting sail for distant shores. The aptly-named Gunwharf Quays is Portsmouth’s answer to London’s Docklands area, a labyrinth of glamorous designer stores, trendy chain bars, and tempting restaurants. Check out the latest releases at the Vue Cinema, or gather your friends and family for a game of 10-pin bowling in its fun-filled indoor center. It’s less than a 5 minute walk from the Historic Dockyard, where the regal hull of HMS Victory sits below its long-retired rigging. It’s a great spot for discovering British maritime history. Walk the gangplank to the deck of historic armored warships, and enjoy interactive adventures at Action Stations where high-tech simulators can recreate a virtual navy for you to command.

Hotels in Hampshire

Luxury hotels in Hampshire aren’t hard to find. Head to any private estate and you’ll find former family homes, still resplendent with elegant decor and design, operating as upmarket places to stay. Enormous guestrooms that once were the private quarters of Lords and Ladies now await your arrival, showing off with sturdy 4-poster beds and crackling open fires. At the lower end of the budget scale, former coach houses, public inns and budget chains still provide accommodation services. They might not be as grand as those private estates tucked away in idyllic forests, but they offer comfortable bedrooms with en-suite facilities, a hearty breakfast, and the perfect location for exploring.

Where to stay

From major cities to tranquil towns, Hampshire isn’t short on a place or two to stay. If you like bustling, vibrant conurbations with urban bars and trendy bistros, Portsmouth should be top of your list. Its waterside entertainments district is popular with late night revelers, although it has a few popular bistros with tempting lunch menus and seaside views. Overlooked by converted warehouses and renovated office blocks, hotels in Hampshire are the perfect choice for discovering this exciting, historic city.

How to get to Hampshire

The beauty of Hampshire as a vacation destination is that it’s delightfully easy to get to. Southampton Airport is right at its heart, but international travelers who don’t mind a drive through this fantastic landscape can land at any one of the London international airports and travel by car down the M3. From the continent, another route is via ferry from France, a relatively short crossing that offers excellent coastal views on approach. If you’re able to drive, a hire car is definitely recommended. There are too many fabulous sights to discover here to spend your time hopping from bus to bus.