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Coastal Holidays in Hampshire

Hampshire is a very popular county, situated on the South coast of England. The Royal Navy, British army and Royal Air Force all originated from Hampshire. Hampshire borders Wiltshire, Dorset, Surry, Berkshire and West Sussex.

Hampshire is a very popular holiday destination and it’s not hard to see why, with many seaside resorts on offer with glorious sandy beaches, two national parks including The New Forest and The South Downs, ideal if you like walking, cycling and horse riding, unspoilt beaches, rolling countryside, fantastic gardens to visit and admire, pretty villages to explore, bustling market towns, great shopping facilities and historic ships including HMS Victory and HMS Warrior, King Arthurs legendary Round Table, Hurst Castle and many fantastic family attractions including Paultons Park and Marwell zoological park to name just two.

Hampshire has a long maritime history and is home to England’s largest ports Southampton and Portsmouth. The county town is Winchester and here you will see Winchester’s beautiful cathedral, great to visit on a day out. The Isle of Wight is  a county situated off the coast of Hampshire and is separated from the rest of the UK by a strait called The Solent, The Isle Of Wight boasts many glorious sandy beaches and great family attractions to visit, great for family holidays.

Queen Victoria had a house on the Isle of Wight called Osborne House and is located in East Cowes, and today is owned by British Heritage. You can catch a ferry from Portsmouth or Southampton to take you to the Isle of Wight. Hampshire has a mild climate because it is protected against the extreme weather of the Atlantic Coast. Hampshire is the place to be if you love cycling, horse riding, walking, water sports, sailing and fishing.

The New Forest was created in 1079 and became a hunting ground for William the Conquerer and the New Forest Ponies can be seen wandering around freely in the forest today. The New Forest is a charming place to visit, with beautiful scenery and lovely little towns and beaches, lots of history, it really is unspoilt and a pleasure to visit whatever time of year. If you love wildlife you have to visit the New Forest as it is home to many species of wildlife including, deer, reptiles, badgers, foxes, grey squirrels, rabbits and many species of birds. The colours of the forest change throughout the seasons so there is always something different to see, it truly is a beautiful place, a place you will never forget. There are many holiday parks, bed and breakfasts, luxury hotels and self catering accommodation in The New Forest, for all your family needs.

Lymington is a Georgian market town situated on the southern edge of The New Forest, the town is known throughout the world as a sailing resort, and is surrounded by stunning scenery. The South Downs is England’s newest national park and extends from the eastern side of Hampshire through Sussex and then culminates in the cliffs at Beachy Head. Hampshire’s main rivers include The Avon, The Beaulieu River, Test, Hamble and Itchen. Portsmouth has great shopping facilities and the historic dockyard which is home to HMS Victory and HMS Warrior. Portsmouth is mainly located on Portsea Island and is the UKs only island city. The Spinnaker Tower is a new addition to Portsmouth’s skyline.

There are many forts in Hampshire including Hurst Castle and Calshot castle. Southampton is a vibrant modern city and is in fact the largest city in Hampshire and is famous for the Southampton boat show. Hampshire is only 1 hour from London, making the county very accessible.

Hampshire is a fabulous county with something for everyone, young and old will have a great time in Hampshire, the stunning scenery will take your breath away, it really is the best family holiday destination.

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