8 of the most beautiful places in… Hampshire

Date Posted: 17/02/2017

A pick ‘n’ mix selection of beautiful places in Hampshire, the largest county in south east England, including seaside resorts, a national park and coastal ports.

1. The New Forest (Pictured above). (Photo credit: VisitEngland and New Forest District Council).

The New Forest is beautiful year round, and has plenty to attract groups – from its annual events like the New Forest and Hampshire County Show, to the acres of open heathland and forest, where wild ponies roam.

2. Exbury Gardens. (Photo credit: VisitEngland and New Forest District Council).

Exbury Gardens

Riverside walks, a steam railway, and tea rooms provide plenty to do at Exbury Gardens, while annual floral displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias make this attraction a good one for those who enjoy exploring the beauty of a maintained outdoor space.

3. Christchurch Bay. (Photo credit: VisitEngland and New Forest District Council).

Christchurch Bay

The views over the clay cliffs at Christchurch Bay, near Barton-on-Sea, are worth stopping for. Groups can take a cliff-top walk for the best views over the beach and seashore before stopping at one of the many cafes or restaurants that dot the seafront.

4. Camber Dock, Old Portsmouth. (Photo credit: VisitEngland and Luke Rogers).

Camber Dock

Camber Dock is the site of Portsmouth’s oldest commercial docks. While not conventionally beautiful, the array of yachts, pleasure boats, fishing boats and motorboats make for a pretty backdrop to a photograph.

5. The Round Tower, Portsmouth. (Photo credit: VisitEngland and VisitPortsmouth).

The Round Tower

The Round Tower is a fortification at the entrance to Portsmouth harbour, a Grade I listed building and one of Portsmouth's earliest surviving military fortifications. At the top of the Round Tower is a café open throughout the year for visitors to enjoy great sea and city views.

6. Hayling Island. (Photo credit: VisitEngland and Visit Hampshire).

Hayling Island

Hayling Island, off the coast of Hampshire, boasts miles of unspoilt coastline and countryside. The island is rich in military history and visitors can explore the natural beauty of it via a World War Two Heritage Trail that takes in many significant historical landmarks.

7. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. (Photo credit: VisitEngland and Sir Harold Hillier Gardens).

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

180 acres of award-winning grounds make the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens a good place for groups with a passion for horticultural flair. A hydrangea walk, a magnolia avenue and indoor arts and crafts exhibitions throughout the year mean there’s plenty to see and do; plus guided group tours are available.

8. Winchester Cathedral. (Photo credit: VisitBritain and Daniel Bosworth).

Winchester Cathedral

Beautiful both inside and out, Winchester Cathedral is said to be one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Groups can see the illuminated Winchester Bible, 12th century wall paintings, Medieval carvings, and contemporary art exhibitions. Tours are available too.

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