Whether you want to see the yachts in Hamble or the Southampton Docks, Hampshire cane be explored on land or sea. Attractions include the Needles, three distinctive chalk rocks on the coast; the Spinnaker Tower (taller than the likes of Big Ben and the London Eye!) or even take a ride on the Watercress Line, one of the most successful Railway lines in England and visit Beaulieu or even the New Forest after!
Hampshire captured in beautiful watercolour
The Bat and Ball
A roaring fire in the winter and al fresco dining in summer make this a pub for all seasons. Situated close to the Hampshire village of Clanfield, the Bat and Ball, part of the Fullers group, is famous locally for its cricketing history, fabulous food, fine cask ales and warm, friendly welcome.
Beaulieu, ancestral home of the Montagu family since 1538, ranks highly amongst Britain's favourite attractions. Delightfully situated in the former grounds of the Abbey on the banks of the Beaulieu River, Palace House was built around the former Abbey Gatehouse and is a fine example of a Victorian country house. The gardens include the fragrant Victorian Flower Garden, the informal Wilderness Garden, dating back to the 1770s, and the Victorian Kitchen Garden.
The Spinnaker Tower opened in 2005 is a 170-metre (560 ft) landmark observation tower in Portsmouth. Its shape was chosen by Portsmouth residents from a selection. Designed by local firm HGP Architects and engineering consultants Scott Wilson and built by Mowlem, reflects Portsmouth's maritime history through its being modelled and named after a spinnaker, a type of sail that balloons outward.
Known locally as Hamble, Hamble-le-Rice is best known for its yachting fraternity and the River Hamble is always busy with local yachts and boating enthusiasts out on the water. The village has been in the boatbuilding and yachting business since the 14th century. The first Hamble Regatta was held in 1870 and is still an annual event.
The Needles is set within an area of outstanding natural beauty on the coastline of Alum Bay. For hundreds of years the unique, natural coloured sand cliffs of Alum Bay have dazzled visitors to the Isle of Wight and the spectacular chairlift, together with a trip to the shoreline, gives marvellous views of this geological wonder.
Mottisfont Abbey is a historical priory and country estate. Famous for its Rose Gardens set within a walled garden, ancient trees, bubbling brooks and rolling lawns frame this 18th-century house with a medieval priory at its heart. Maud Russell made Mottisfont her home in the 1930s, bringing artists here to relax and create works inspired by Mottisfont’s past, including an extraordinary drawing-room painted by Rex Whistler.
Buckler's Hard is a hamlet on the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest. With its Georgian cottages running down to the river you will find the peaceful haven of Buckler's Hard which remains untouched by the passage of time. Once a thriving shipbuilding village where ships for Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar were built, now Buckler's Hard is a tranquil haven, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of modern life.
The Port of Southampton is a passenger and cargo port in the central part of the south coast of England. As one of the country’s busiest and most successful deep-water ports with facilities to handle virtually any type of cargo. Its natural deep-water harbour and unique double tide allow unrestricted access for the world’s largest container and cruise ships.
The New Forest
The New Forest is one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land, heathland and forest in Southern England. It became a national park in 2005, it covers an area of 566 square kilometres and is made up of vast tracts of unspoilt woodland, heathland and river valleys. Today deer, ponies and cattle continue to roam free in its ancient heaths and woodland. Clear rivers and shady groves provide tranquillity and a car-free haven for walking, cycling and horse riding.