Reasons to visit

Reasons to visit Hampshire and the Isle of Wight!

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

Amazon World

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

Festival

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

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.

Dinosaur Isle

Dinosaur Isle

Dinosaur Isle is Britain’s first purpose built dinosaur museum and visitor attraction; based in Sandown on the Isle of Wight. The Island’s diverse geology contains a wealth of fossils that tell us much about the past.

Freshwater Bay Golf Club

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!

Gilbert White’s House

Gilbert White's House

It’s located in the picturesque Hampshire village of Selborne. The charming country house was once the home of England’s first ecologist, here you can discover three fascinating stories about explorers of the Natural World.

Hurst Castle

Hurst Castle

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

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.

Jenkyn Place

Jenykn Place

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

Mottistone Gardens

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.

New Forest Wildlife Park

New Forest Wildlife Park

Within an acre of adventure playground, New Forest Wildlife Park offers four species of otter, 12 species of owls, deer, lynx, European wolves, bison, wild boar, wallaby, foxes, polecats and Scottish wildcats.

Osborne House

Osborne House

“It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot” said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight. Visit Victoria and Albert’s private apartments, their bathing beach and children’s play-cottage.

Portsmouth FC

Portsmouth FC

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

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!

Ringwood Brewery

Ringwood Brewery

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.

Southampton FC

Southampton FC

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.

Spinnaker Tower

Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben and has already established itself as a national icon for Britain.

Stanstead Park

Stanstead Park

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

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.