Reasons to visit Hampshire and the Isle of Wight!
There are dozens of reasons to love it here – these are a few of our favourites.
Amazon World has a huge array of unusual rare and exotic animals, you can see crocodiles, red-bellied piranha, tarantulas and monkeys. It’s a place to learn about conservation with many species of tropical bird flying freely.
Bestival is a four-day music festival held at the Robin Hill country park on the Isle of Wight. It has been run by DJ and record producer Rob da Bank since 2004 and has attracted Fatboy Slim, Scissor Sisters, among others.
Brading Roman Villa
Brading Roman Villa is one of the finest Roman sites in the UK. The award winning visitor centre and museum offers a unique insight into Roman life in Britain from beautifully preserved mosaic floors to a collection of Roman archaeology.
Freshwater Bay Golf Club
Set on the downlands of the Isle of Wight overlooking the English Channel, Freshwater Bay golf course is one of the most spectacular courses in the UK. If you shank your drive, you could end in deep water. Beware the wind!
Hurst Castle provides a remote escape by the sea with plenty of things to do and see! Built by Henry VIII it was one of the most advanced artillery fortresses in England. The castle was then used as a prison in the 17th century.
Isle of Wight Zoo
The Isle of Wight Zoo is a family-run zoo with a special interest in tigers and lemurs. The zoo was built within the ruins of a Victorian Fort built to guard Sandown’s coast, meaning it facse one of the Isle of Wight’s nicest beaches.
Hampshire’s climate offers perfect grape-growing weather and the Jenkyn Place family-owned vineyard is where to find sparkling wines to rival France’s Champagne area. Take a sip whilst taking in the wonderful surroundings.
Mottistone Gardens is set in a sheltered valley this magical garden is full of surprises, with shrub-filled banks, hidden pathways and colourful herbaceous borders. It surrounds an attractive Elizabethan manor house.
For fans of the beautiful game, a trip to Portsmouth Football Club is a must. They’ve had their fair share of successes and low points, but visit the ground on match day and you’re guaranteed a buzzing atmosphere.
Portsmouth Watersports Centre
Portsmouth Watersports Centre has all the facilities and equipment needed for a wide range of watersports and outdoor activities. Have a go at stand up paddle boarding or learn to sail, there’s something for all!
Beer has been brewed in Ringwood for centuries ever since medieval man first mixed the crystal water of the River Avon with the malted barley harvested from the surrounding fields. Discover the story at Ringwood Brewery.
For fans of the beautiful game, a trip to Southampton Football Club is a must. They’ve had their fair share of successes and low points, but visit the ground on match day and you’re guaranteed a buzzing atmosphere.
Stansted is a Grade II Listed Edwardian country house set on a 1,750-acre estate within the South Downs National Park. The house began as a hunting lodge in the 11th century, but was developed over many hundreds of years.
Stratfield Saye House
Stratfield Saye House was home to the Dukes of Wellington since 1817. View the collection of paintings and see the wonderful exhibition featuring his magnificent funeral carriage and charting his military and political life.