Known as the cruise capital of Europe, Southampton plays host to over four million visitors a year and boasts an impressive cultural offering, from museums, music venues and art galleries, to award winning parks and the general hustle and bustle of a diverse city with fantastic shopping facilities.
The city is also famous as the departure port for the Mayflower and Titanic and is blessed with some of the most complete medieval walls in the country.
The wider county of Hampshire is just an hour’s travel from London and one of only two counties to have two National Parks. The New Forest National Park has an abundance of family-friendly attractions, including the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, plus cycling, water sports and horse riding for those looking for something more active. The rolling South Downs National Park is filled with pretty villages, market towns, vineyards and is a great place to explore on foot or bike.
Historic Winchester is the former capital of England and its cathedral is the final resting place of Jane Austen, Hampshire’s most famous author. King Arthur’s Round Table in the city’s Great Hall is also popular with visitors from around the world.
Portsmouth is the traditional home of the Royal Navy and where Admiral Lord Nelson’s 18th century flagship HMS Victory and Henry VIII’s Mary Rose can be visited. Charles Dickens was also born and raised in the city.
Visitors are spoilt for choice in places to stay, from 5-star hotels with luxurious spas, to boutique establishments in the cities, upmarket pubs with rooms, and a wealth of self-catering properties.
Website: www.visit-hampshire.co.uk and www.discoversouthampton.co.uk/visit
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