If you’re looking for an escape that’s got famous castles, beach-side bliss and top-notch restaurants and retail therapy, look no further. Hampshire holidays are the ultimate UK getaways, from the rolling pastures of New Forest National Park to lively Southampton.
Things to Do in Hampshire
“Cruise” on in to Southampton (on the south shore—you guessed it!) for some of the best shopping, dining and nightlife Hampshire hotels have to offer. You’ll have tons of day trips at your fingertips, too, like the Gothic-style Winchester Cathedral, 20 km north. The longest cathedral in Europe, it’s hosted royal marriages and coronations since the 12th century. New Forest National Park is another no-brainer; hanging out with the free-roaming ponies who live there is pretty cool (even if you won’t admit it).
For a true country retreat, hole up at one of the hotels in Hampshire’s northern towns. With living history museums, vibrant theatre life and award-winning farmers markets, towns like Basingstoke are the postcard image of English life. Tour The Vyne mansion for stories of the Roman ring that inspired the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Jane Austen’s waltzes in the ballroom, then head east to Highclere Castle in Newbury—the real Downton Abbey (witty remarks of the Dowager Countess not included).
Getting To & Around Hampshire
You can book connecting flights to Southampton Airport (SOU), but it may be easier to touch down at Heathrow International Airport (LHR) in London. Book London accommodation from Wotif’s awesome selection and spend a few days exploring; then hop the train to Southampton or Basingstoke. Plan on seeing it all? Wotif’s car hire options are an easy way to get from beach to bed and breakfast in a pinch.
With Wotif’s Hampshire accommodation, you’ll be comfy and cosy in the countryside, with all the attractions of London just a quick ride away. We’ll provide the deals—you only need to bring a friendly smile (and some clothes).
Kings like Alfred the Great and William the Conqueror lived and ruled in Hampshire. The town of Winchester
was the capital of England
until the Normans arrived. Today Hampshire is Southeast England’s largest county.
Things to do
is the home of Winchester Cathedral, one of England’s largest cathedrals. It has its own unique Winchester Bible and a vaulted crypt housing Anthony Gormley’s statue of a man: “Sound II”. Winchester Castle’s Great Hall is the only part of the medieval castle that remains, and in it you’ll find King Arthur’s ‘Round Table’ on display. Among the many other historical sights in Winchester you can explore the ruins of Wolvesey Castle and the Hospital of St. Cross.
’s harbour features both 170-foot icon Spinnaker Tower and Her Majesty’s Naval Base, the British Navy’s oldest base and home to more than two-thirds of its surface ships.
Our South Downs hotels
will have you staying right in the peaceful landscapes of South Downs National Park. From market towns like Petersfield and East Meon to hillsides, farmland and old woodlands. Take a day trip to the Seven Sisters, chalk-white cliffs that rise high above a rocky beach.
Taking a trip with the kids? Have some fun at Paulton’s Family Theme Park or Marwell Zoo. Want something educational and fun? One of Hampshire’s museums like Jane Austen’s House or the National Motor Museum is your ticket.
Shopping and dining
You’ll find both brand names and boutiques in Hampshire destinations like Winchester and Southampton
. Hampshire has fresh local produce and dining options from cosy tea rooms to fine dining and international dishes.
Getting here and around
Once you’ve booked your Hampshire accommodation, our cheap flights to Hampshire
will get you there for less. You can get around Hampshire by hire car, public transport or – if you feel like getting some fresh air– one of the more than 30 different cycling routes. It’s just another way to explore the enchanting scenery – both natural and historic – of Hampshire.