A New Forest, an ancient city, and a timeless countryside escape

From the proud naval history of England’s south coast, to the heritage of its cities, there’s a rich and diverse past to explore in Hampshire. Historic and quaint Winchester, famed for its medieval cathedral, is the county town; easily reached along the south coast are the vibrant cities of Southampton and Portsmouth. Hampshire is also blessed with stunning rural landscapes, with its rolling chalk downs and ancient woodland, and tucked away within this verdant countryside are fascinating heritage attractions. The New Forest is the perfect place to take some time out from the hustle and bustle of daily life, with the added delight of its famous ponies and donkeys lining the roadside.


Discover rich history, stunning coastlines and scenic woodland

From £599 per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 30 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Suggested Hotel

Norton Park, Winchester

  • Set in extensive grounds (54 acres) – real ‘wow’ factor as you approach
  • Peaceful, relaxing surroundings
  • Excellent value
  • Spa and health club
  • Comfortable rooms
  • Great lounge areas ideal for groups

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.


Buckler's Hard

This historic shipbuilding village is situated in the heart of the New Forest on the banks of the pretty River Beaulieu. The reconstructed village dates back to the 18th century, and you can discover more about its maritime heritage in the museum.

The New Forest

You’ll be captivated by the heavenly contrast of colours that the New Forest offers, from the purple hues of the wild heathland, to the verdant emerald of the lush woodland. You’ll enjoy spotting the free-roaming ponies, donkeys and cows amongst the landscape. There are plenty of pretty towns and villages to explore throughout the glorious countryside which extends all the way to the scenic south coast.


A handsome, ancient city with strong regal links including the reigns of Alfred the Great, William the Conqueror, and King Arthur of the Round Table. Soak up the superb Elizabethan and Regency architecture that lines the charming cobbled streets and take in the splendour of the Gothic cathedral, which is one of the largest in Europe.

Mid Hants Railway

This railway route is often referred to as the ‘Watercress Line’ due to its history of transporting watercress from the beds in Alresford all the way to London. Take a relaxing journey on this beautifully restored steam train running through 10 miles of stunning scenery, enjoying the excitement of this nostalgic mode of transport.

Hospital of St Cross

The Hospital of St Cross in Winchester is one of the oldest and best preserved almshouses in England. Situated on the banks of the River Itchen, it is a Grade-I listed building dating back to medieval times.

Mottisfont (NT)

Originally an abbey, this 18th century National Trust house is set in beautiful grounds and gardens. The house is a must-see for art enthusiasts, containing an exquisite drawing-room painted by Rex Whistler and a permanent 20th century art exhibition in the gallery. Amongst the romantic gardens that showcase year-round beauty and colour, the world-famous rose collection is not to be missed.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Visit the striking distillery at Laverstoke Mill and discover the exotic botanicals that create the taste of this distinctive gin.



For car lovers, there’s the world-renowned National Motor Museum, and a glimpse behind the scenes at World of Top Gear. Experience some culture and history at the Victorian Gothic Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey’s ancient ruins, and learn all about the top secret ‘finishing school’ for World War II Secret Operations Executive agents.

Jane Austen's House Museum

Renowned as one of the most significant literary sites in the world, this Grade I-listed cottage in Chawton attracts hordes of visitors annually. You’ll be able to see a remarkable collection of artefacts from Austen’s life including letters she wrote, first editions of her books, and the table where she penned all her major works – many of which were inspired by Hampshire itself.

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