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A comprehensive guide to the best places to visit in Hampshire for 2013 – there’s so much to see and do! Visit for the latest news, events and special offers. Become a fan on Facebook: and follow us on Twitter:

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Winchester Cathedral’s free family trail will take you on an adventure through time. You’ll learn about great people, places and events that have helped to shape our great nation. You’ll find everything from Saxon kings, a deep sea diver and literary legends including Jane Austen to angels, animals and imaginary beasts. Free entry for children under 16 visiting with family. Exciting events take place throughout the year including concerts, exhibitions, summer festivals and a Christmas Market and ice rink.

T: 01962 857225 E: Open 9am – 5pm Mon-Sat, 12.30pm – 3pm Sun (opening times may occasionally vary so please check before making a special visit)

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There are plenty of family attractions to visit across Hampshire, from stately homes, museums and activity centres. Visit for a full listing and special offers and discounts from over 20 attractions!



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01590 616203 0845 603 5635 01264 773850 01590 612377

Explosion! Museum of Navel Firepower

023 9250 5600

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The Southampton Hoteliers Association represents most of the hotels in the city centre and beyond and includes properties of every shape and size offering every possible experience. From the grandeur of large country house hotels to the buzzy attraction of city centre boutiques, from the comfortable budget hotels to the worldclass spa experiences, you’ll find something for everyone who wants to stay in the Southampton region. Whether you’re a family group or you’re visiting with friends, you’re assured of a warm welcome, good quality accommodation and a great dining experience.

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Let off steam at this living history railway! Experience the nostalgic sights, sounds and smells of steam as you travel through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside. Fares give you great value all day travel, so you can visit all four period stations and explore the historic towns of New Alresford and Alton. Come to one of our special events throughout the year, see preservation in action and relive the golden age of steam!

Mid Hants Railway “ Watercress Line” Alresford, SO24 9JG E: T: 01962 733810 Open weekends January to October plus Bank Holidays & Tuesdays to Thursdays from May to Sept, every day in Aug.

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The Isle of Wight is perfect for a day trip or holiday. Whether you discover the 60 miles of stunning coastline or visit one of the Island’s great tourist attractions, it’ll be an unforgettable experience. And the best way to visit is with Wightlink – operating an average of 140 crossings a day on three different routes. A fast crossing onboard a foot passenger catamaran is available between Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde Pier Head, whilst a more leisurely car ferry service is offered on crossings from Portsmouth to Fishbourne and from Lymington to Yarmouth. Visit our website and check out our latest deals.

T: 0871 376 1000

(Calls cost 7p per minute, plus network extras) Services operate all day, every day (except 25 Dec)

TOURIST INFORMATION Tourist Information Centre staff can order you a visitor guide, book accommodation and help you make the most of your stay. The TICs listed below are shown using the familiar symbol on the map opposite. Aldershot






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Visit Hampshire For days out information about things to do, places to visit, upcoming events plus details of inspected hotel, guest house and self-catering accommodation, log on to Visit Hampshire, the official tourism website for Hampshire.

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National Rail Call: 08457 48 49 50

Southampton Airport

Call: 0870 040 0009

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The Spinnaker Tower is a national icon. Soaring 170 metres into the sky, it offers spectacular views over the south coast. Located in the heart of Gunwharf Quays, it provides a stunning introduction to Portsmouth and the south east, enabling visitors to see the area from a truly unique perspective. Venture across the glass floor or enjoy refreshments at Cafe in the Clouds.

Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3TT T: 023 9285 7520 Book online: Open everyday (except Christmas Day) from 10am

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With a farm full of friendly animals, the south coast’s largest ornamental glasshouses, beautiful gardens and 1,000 acres of country park to explore there’s something for everyone. Children can feed friendly farm animals, let off steam in George’s play barn, which includes a soft play toddler zone, climbing walls, fireman’s pole, a net bridge, slides and so much more! Relax in the beautiful walled gardens, take in the sight, sounds and smells of the sensory garden or take a stroll in the beautifully landscaped parkland. Staunton boasts a busy line-up of events with children’s activities in the school holidays.

Staunton, Middle Park Way, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 5HB T: 023 9245 3405 F: 023 9249 8156 E: Open: 10 am - 5 pm (closes 4 pm in winter) Closed Christmas day & Boxing Day.


Extended for 2013 Bond in Motion at the national Motor Museum is the world’s largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles. Also experience ‘World of top Gear’ and see some of the actual cars from Jeremy, Richard and James’ most ambitious challenges. Plus, explore the historic Palace House and picturesque ruins of Beaulieu Abbey.

Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN Information 01590 612345 E: open everyday (except Christmas day) from 10am

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Overlooking the bustling Solent, Portsmouth’s award-winning Blue Reef Aquarium is home to thousands of incredible creatures from tropical sharks, adorable otters, poison dart frogs and monitor lizards to giant carp, turtles and tropical stingrays housed in over 50 different exhibits. At the aquarium’s heart is the giant tropical ocean tank complete with underwater walkthrough tunnel. Don’t miss the Blue Reef Beach Club and Splash Play.

Blue Reef Aquarium, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 3PB. T: 023 9287 5222 E: Open Daily from 10am

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Go Ape take lush, green forests and a healthy dollop of breathtaking scenery; blend with a smattering of tree-top high wires, tricky crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires; finished off with a liberal dose of people in search of their inner Tarzan. The result is spectacular. The Go Ape experience gets the adrenalin pumping, gets people out of their comfort zones and above all it’s just great fun.

Itchen Valley Country Park, nr Eastleigh SO30 3HQ Find out more and book at T: 0845 643 9253

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These world-renowned, 180-acre Gardens are stunning whatever the season and have plenty for the whole family to enjoy. Along with themed landscapes, rare plants and Champion trees there are exciting children’s play features to explore, over 100 sculptures to enjoy in our annual ‘Art in the Garden’ exhibition and our newly opened Centenary Border is one of the most impressive double borders in Europe.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Ampfield Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0QA . Exit J3 of M27. Follow the A3057 to Romsey. T: 01794 369318 E: Open everyday except 25 & 26 Dec. Children U17 Go Free!

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Get hands on at our historical working farm! Milk a cow, feed chickens, hold a newborn rabbit, or feed a baby lamb. Step back in time in the Victorian classroom and lend a hand in the farmhouse. Also as home of the BBC documentary Wartime Farm, Manor Farm offers a fascinating insight to what life was like during the Second World War with activities for all ages. Explore our country park, stroll by the river, ramble in the woodland, enjoy the play trail and the wide open spaces. It really is an adventure for the whole family.

Pylands Lane, Bursledon, Near Southampton SO31 1BH T: 01489 787055 E: Farm Open: April- Oct 10am-5pm, Nov-March Sundays only 10am-4pm. Park Open: from 8.30am, closing times vary with season.

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For 2013 Marwell welcomes a host of new bird species in a walkthrough aviary alongside fascinating daily talks with giraffes, meerkats, rhinos and penguins! Set in 140 acres of delightful Hampshire countryside, Marwell Zoo is a fascinating zoological park with over 170 endangered and exotic species. There is easy access from M3 and M27 with FREE parking. As a registered charity dedicated to wildlife conservation, it’s more than just a walk in the park. P.S. Watch Southampton for a charge of colourful rhinos in the summer.

Marwell Zoo, Colden Common, near Winchester, SO21 1JH. T: 01962 777407 E: Open everyday (except Christmas & Boxing day) from 10am

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Mottisfont is a lovely old house set in glorious grounds by the River Test. A medieval priory that was gradually changed into a comfortable country house, it’s now a great place to come and relax, have a breath of fresh air and see something different. Don’t miss the historic house, changing exhibitions in the art gallery, beautiful gardens and river walk. There’s lots for families to do, and you’re welcome to picnic or visit our licensed café.

The National Trust, Mottisfont, nr Romsey, SO51 0LP T: 01794 340 757 E: Open every day except 25 December, 10am to 5pm

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Tudor House is one of Southampton’s most important historic buildings, encompassing over 800 years of history on one site. With a new café overlooking the tranquil Tudor knot garden, which has also been restored. SeaCity Museum brings Southampton’s exciting maritime history to life through a series of interactive galleries and spaces designed to help visitors of all ages discover the city’s remarkable links to the sea.

Tudor House, Bugle Street, SO14 2AD SeaCity Museum, Havelock Road, SO14 7FY

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NEW for 2013 - the Mary Rose Museum! This heritage project sees the hull of the Tudor ship reunited with many of the 19,000 artefacts raised with her from the seabed 30 years ago. View the hull through windows into a ‘hotbox’ as up to 100 tons of water is removed from the timbers and visit the context galleries with real artefacts recreating how the decks would have looked in 1545. Plus HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, Action Stations, National Museum of the Royal Navy and Harbour Tours, for a truly memorable maritime day out! See website for Mary Rose opening and updates.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ T: 023 9283 9766 Open daily from 10am (except 24-26 Dec)

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Come visit the Pyramids for Family Fun all under one roof! Enjoyed by all ages, be entertained with our fun pools with funky flumes and wacky waves and visit our exciting Soft Play Adventure too . Take time out and relax in our unique spa, with salt grotto, herbal steam room and sauna, choose to be pampered by a dedicated therapist. Subscribe to events listings to enjoy a variety of entertainments’ in our Plaza Suite.

The Pyramids Centre, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 3ST T: 02392 799977 During School holidays/weekends pools open daily from 10am -6pm, please check our website for further details.

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Explore the fascinating history of the Royal Marines. Take a walk through history from 1664 and learn about the lives of the extraordinary people who have become Royal Marines. Follow a recruit through training and on to deployment around the world, then creep through the jungle, marvel at the medal collection and take a trip down memory lane in our WW2 home front kitchen. Finish your day in our award winning café The Quartermaster’s Kitchen and our Museum shop while enjoying our seafront location.

Royal Marines Museum, Southsea, Hampshire, PO4 9PX T: 023 9281 9385 E: Open throughout the year, see website for details.

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Go onboard our submarines and meet a real submariner to hear his stories about living beneath the waves. Dive into history, have a go on our working periscopes and explore the Royal Navy’s first submarine Holland 1 launched in 1901 now recognised as a marvel of engineering. Brand new for 2013! Busy Boat Bay, a new play and explore centre for young children. Finally relax at the Harbour Stations coffee shop overlooking Portsmouth Harbour.

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2AS T: 023 92510354 E:

See website for opening times & full details. Closed on Dec 24 & 25.


Visit the world-famous Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Explore 200 acres on foot, by chauffeur driven buggy or travel on the Exbury Gardens Steam Railway. Offering peace, tranquility and relaxation all year round. Wonderful photo opportunities. Dogs welcome on leads.

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway 20 mins south of M27 J2 West, New Forest, SO45 1AZ T: 023 8089 1203 Open 9 March - 3 November. 10am – 5pm last admission. Gates close at 6pm or dusk if earlier. Under 16’s FREE to gardens.

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INTECH family science centre & planetarium, near Winchester is an under cover, all-weather visitor attraction and education centre. There are 100 hands-on interactive science and technology exhibits, ideal for the child aged 5-12. New zone about sport. The planetarium is the largest in the UK and features a range of shows for all ages and interests. Easy access from M3 or A31.

INTECH Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester, SO21 1HZ T: 01962 863791 E: Open every day (except 3 Christmas Days) 10am - 5pm weekends and school holidays. 10am - 4pm weekdays in term time.

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Imagine an open-air museum inside a massive modern building… a network of streets with shops, a village green and even a pub... dating from Victorian times to 1945… it’s fun for all ages... with a surprise around every corner! Milestones is open all year and has a varied events and exhibitions programme – see website for details.

Milestones, Hampshire’s living history museum, Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke, RG22 6PG T: 01256 477766 Opening times: Tuesday - Friday and Bank Holidays 10am - 4.45pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am - 4.45pm. Closed Mondays.


New for 2013 –Amazing 4D effects Cinema! A great value day out with more than 60 wonderful rides and attractions. Home to the world’s first and UK exclusive Peppa Pig World with 7 fabulous Peppa-themed rides and a huge indoor play area, Georges Spaceship Playzone! There is an amazing variety of things to see and do at Paultons including; big rides, small rides, play areas, entertainments, and a collection of exotic birds and animals, all set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland.

Paultons Park, Off Exit 2, M27, nr Romsey, SO51 6AL T: 023 8081 4442 Please see website for opening days and times.

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Explore spectacular royal residences and fairytale castles, dramatic coastline and safe, sandy beaches. The Isle of Wight has it all and it’s just a short cruise from Southampton with Red Funnel. Operating for over 150 years, we are the Island’s experts, not only do we operate a frequent Vehicle Ferries and Hi-Speed foot passenger Red Jet services to the Island, we can also arrange attraction admission, event tickets and accommodation. See our website for full details and for the latest offers.

Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries, Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2AR T: 0844 844 9988 E: Services operate all day, everyday 365 days a year.

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Southsea Beach is a vibrant, picturesque stretch of coastline offering a mix of iconic attractions, heritage landmarks, festivals and activities for the whole family to enjoy year round. Southsea Common overlooks the sparking waves where you can enjoy a picnic, tap your feet along to a sizzling summer line up of live music at the Bandstand or visit Southsea Castle, where King Henry VIII watched the Mary Rose sink from. With so much choice, Southsea Beach is the ultimate destination to make happy memories.

Southsea Beach, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire Open all year


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Hampshire's Top Attractions  
Hampshire's Top Attractions  

Hampshire's Top Attractions consists of over 30 attractions in Hampshire, working together to raise the profile of Hampshire as a visitor de...