Days Out in Hampshire
The county of Hampshire lies on the south coast of England. Boasting the best of British weather, alongside a wealth of attractions and sights to see, you can’t possibly do everything Hampshire has to offer in one trip. From local walks to National Trust properties and historic houses, as well as a number of award-winning restaurants, it really is the ideal place to explore.
For that reason, we’ve developed an interactive map to help you plan your Hampshire trip just the way you like it. Find out what the top areas of Hampshire have to offer, as well as what’s on locally. We’ve also listed the county’s best-kept secrets which are just waiting to be discovered.
Things to do in Hampshire
Top areas to explore
Our Lakeside Coastal Village and Sinah Warren Hotel can be found on Hayling Island, an area renowned for its Blue Flag beaches and array of delicious local food. If you’re looking to explore the surrounding area on foot, you’ll find many scenic walks in Emsworth, including a delightful stroll along the harbour. A little further afield, Hampshire’s South Downs boasts stunning scenery waiting to be explored on foot or by bike. For the history buffs, the ancient town of Petersfield dates back to the 11th century, while Jane Austen’s House Museum can be visited in Chawton.
National Trust and historic houses
There are many National Trust properties, as well as historic houses and stunning gardens in Hampshire. Mottisfont Abbey Garden, House and Estate boasts babbling brooks, ancient trees and rolling lawns. The house itself, once a medieval priory, now houses a collection of 20th century art. A little closer to Hayling Island, Stansted Park stands in all of its glory. Considered one of the country’s most elegant houses, visitors can explore the private chapel, servants’ quarters and magnificent mansion rooms between Easter and September every year. If your trip is outside of this time, the arboretum, yew maze and miniature railway are all open to the public all year round.
Local walks that take you off the beaten track
Set in stunning countryside, it’s no wonder so many people come to Hampshire for walks. You don’t have to go far to get off the beaten track and into the hills. The Northney walk takes you along the northerly part of the island and crosses open fields and farm tracks, passing St Peter’s Church, the island’s oldest church dating back to Norman times, and heading into the nature reserve. If you’re visiting Chichester for the day, enjoy the four-mile walk along the canal which is popular with cyclists and walkers alike. There’s also a visitor centre if you’re interested in finding out more about the area, while the café is the perfect spot for a well-earned cuppa and a slice of cake.
Shh… it’s a secret!
What visit to Hampshire would be complete without exploring its hidden gems? Head to the Hawk Conservancy Trust in Andover and get up close and personal with over 150 birds of prey, including the Pygmy Owl and Steller’s Sea Eagles. For stunning views across the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth Harbour, take a trip to Spinnaker Tower. There’s also a restaurant there serving high tea so you could make a day of it.
Events not to be missed
A lively, friendly county, there’s always something going on in Hampshire, from Hayling Island’s Ale-ing Fest every October to the Southampton German Beer Festival. The Hampshire Food Festival takes place throughout July at various venues across the county, offering more than 70 food and farming events to attend. From pop-up restaurants to live cooking demonstrations and master classes, there’s something for all foodies to enjoy. Don’t miss Goodwood Races which offers 19 horseraces from April to October, including world-renowned Qatar Goodwood Festival which takes place at the end of July.
With so much to see and do in Hampshire, what will you try first? Use our interactive map above as a guide for exploring the area.