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Hampshire

England

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.

HAMPSHIRE’S ROYAL HERITAGE & RURAL COUNTRYSIDE

Discover rich history, stunning coastlines and scenic woodland

“The whole group enjoyed our trip to Hampshire, where we took in Highclere Castle, Portsmouth Historical Dockyards and Exbury Gardens & Railway, our coach company was excellent as always. It was another successful trip and we extend our thanks to Tony and the Success team on making this another memorable holiday.” – Alan, Group Organiser


From £429 per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 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.


Attractions:

Beaulieu

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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.

The New Forest

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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.

Mid Hants Railway

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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.

Jane Austen's House Museum

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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.

Winchester

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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.

Mottisfont (NT)

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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.


Alternatives

Flexible itinerary

We can tailor this tour to your group's interests. There are plenty of alternative attractions in this area, such as Portsmouth, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, or Exbury Gardens. It's an ideal area for exploring stately homes, magnificent gardens and National Trust properties.


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