Days out

Let's go there!

Let's go there!

Whatever the time of year and whatever the weather, there’s always plenty to do in Hampshire and The Isle of Wight.

Beaulieu Abbey

Beaulieu Abbey

Beaulieu Abbey was once thriving Cistercian Abbey, destroyed on the orders of King Henry VIII in 1538 having been founded by King John three centuries before. The now tranquil Abbey is a conserved ruin and visitor attraction.

Beaulieu Chocolate Studio

Beaulieu Chocolate Studio

Beaulieu Chocolate Studio are creators of scrumptious, contemporary chocolates as well as traditional local specialties, all hand-made using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, you can even see them being made!

Bembridge Windmill

Bembridge Windmill

Bembridge Windmill is the only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight, the Grade I listed building is one of the island’s most iconic images. Built around 1700, it last operated in 1913 but still has most of its original machinery intact.

Blackgang Chine

Black Gang Chine

Filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, magical theme worlds and exciting rides, you’ll find adventures around every corner and something for all the family. Let your imagination run wild as you venture on a journey of discovery…

Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium

Enjoy close encounters with graceful sharks and rays. Stroll among the colourful inhabitants of a coral reef in a spectacular underwater tunnel. Meet its family of adorable otters in their riverside home.

Butser Ancient Farm

Butser Ancient Farm

A unique experimental archaeological site and a fascinating day out. This ancient farm displays ongoing constructions of Iron Age buildings based on real sites, crops from prehistory and rare breeds of animals.

Butterfly & Fountain World

Butterfly & Fountain World

Visit Butterfly & Fountain World to see hundreds of butterflies flying freely in a natural environment. Visitors also have the unique opportunity to study the egg-caterpillar-chrysalis-imago life cycle first hand.

Candy Tours

Candy Tours

Candy Tours offer sightseeing tours and scheduled day trips to destinations all over Southern England. Whether you are local or are visiting from afar, they aim to give you an interesting and fun day out.

Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke is at the very heart of the Isle of Wight’s history. An Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king’s prison and a royal summer residence, here you’ll find loveable donkeys, a fascinating museum and an Edwardian garden.

Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum

Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

The Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum is the perfect place to start exploring the work of one of England’s most famous writers. There are three furnished rooms: the parlour, the dining room and the bedroom where Charles was born.

Chichester Harbour

Chichester Harbour

Chichester Harbour is a thriving recreational harbour which is also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy a wealth of year round activities for both adults and children in this unique part of the south coast.

Cumberland Natural History Museum

Cumberland Natural History Museum

There’s a buzz around Cumberland House Natural History Museum as visitors flock to see the observational beehive. Up to 9,000 European Honey Bees live in a colony in the hive, producing honey combs and raising their young.

D-Day Museum

D-Day Museum

Portsmouth’s D-Day Museum is Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944 – a historic turning point in the Second World War.

Dimbola Museum & Gallery

Dimbola Museum and Gallery

Home of the celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. It is now a Museum and Gallery dedicated to her life and work, which also showcases contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe.

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.

Exbury Gardens

Exbury Gardens

Capture Exbury’s hidden beauty and escape the cares of the world as you explore a myriad of pathways. Let the train take the strain on a 20-minute journey or ride a chauffeur driven buggy to tour the gardens.

Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson

Sitting on the top of Portsdown Hill, Fort Nelson houses the Royal Armouries collection of artillery. Explore 19 acres of ramparts, outer fortifications, secret underground tunnels, and ammunition bunkers at this Victorian fort.

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.

Go Ape

Go Ape

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure at Itchen Valley Country Park is tucked away in 440 acres of beautiful woodland. You fly down, zip-wires, leap off the Tarzan Swing and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some breathtaking scenery.

Hawk Conservancy Trust

Hawk Conservancy Trust

From pygmy owls to stellar eagles, the centre’s impressive 150 species are set in 22 acres of wildflowers and woodland. Daily flying demonstrations wow the crowds as the impressive birds take to the skies.

Hayling Seaside Railway

Hayling Seaside Railway

The Hayling Seaside Railway runs along the very popular beach for one mile beween Beachlands Fun Fair and Eastoke Corner. Passengers travelling on the railway have wonderful views of the Isle of Wight and the Solent.

Hidden Britain Tours

Hidden Britain Tours

With Hidden Britain Tours you can discover Jane Austen’s countryside, discover the author herself. Explore the picturesque villages that Jane Austen knew, the site of her birthplace and her father’s church at Steventon.

Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner

This elegant country manor and tranquil garden sit so harmoniously within the landscape that one cannot exist without the other. Enjoy the beautifully manicured lawns that lead the eye down avenues of sculptured topiary.

Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary was first established in 1987 to provide any donkey in distress or otherwise in need of care and attention, a safe and permanent home. Everyone is welcome to visit the lovely donkeys.

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.

Jane Austen’s House Museum

Jane Austen House Museum

Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton is the house where Jane Austen lived and wrote, it is the most treasured Austen site in the world. Visitors can freely explore Jane’s home and beautiful garden whilst learning about her life.

Liberty’s Centre

Liberty’s Centre

At Liberty’s you will find a large collection of birds of prey, including owls, hawks, falcons and vultures, as well as a collection of reptiles and other creepy crawlies in the reptile house. The Centre is named after its Alaskan Bald Eagle.

Longdown Activity Farm

Longdown Activity Farm

Enjoy a fantastic family day at Longdown Activity Farm. You can bottle-feed the kid goats and the calves, feed the ducks, meet the pigs, donkeys and ponies, and cuddle the baby rabbits, chicks or maybe even a piglet!

Manor Farm Country Park

Manor Farm Country Park

Covering an area of 400 acres, Manor Farm Country Park is a delightful mix of woodland and riverside. Visit the Manor Farm to step back in time and discover 100 years of farming as you stroll around the hands-on farmyard.

Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo

A fun attraction for animal lovers is the ever-popular Marwell Zoo, home to giraffes, tigers, meerkats, pygmy hippos and ring-tailed coatis, to name a few. A visit will help save endangered wildlife for years to come.

Mid Hants Railway

Mid Hants Railway

Whether you are taking a trip down memory lane or creating new ones, the Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line is the perfect way to unwind and experience the nostalgic sights, sounds and smells of steam travel from a bygone age.

Milestones Museum

Milestones Museum

Hampshire’s Milestones Museum brings the Victorian era to life. Offering visitors the opportunity to explore its myriad of cobbled streets, vintage shops, authentic village green and meet colourful characters of the period.

Monkey Haven

Monkey Haven

A rescue centre and sanctuary for primates and birds of prey who are in desperate need of care and attention. The sanctuary give these animals another chance to live enriched, carefree lives in a relaxed and tranquil environment.

Mottisfont

Mottisfont

Maud Russell made Mottisfont her home in the 1930s, bringing artists here to relax and create works inspired by the past. Those traditions are continued today, with a permanent 20th-century art collection and major exhibitions.

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.

Museum of Army Flying

Museum of Army Flying

The Museum of Army Flying holds an extensive collection charting over 100 years of the British Army in the air. With over 35 fixed wing and rotary aircraft on display, it’s the perfect place to explore the history of army aviation.

National Motor Museum

National Motor Museum

From the earliest motor carriages to classic family saloons, the National Motor Museum, loacted at Beaulieu, boasts one of the finest collections of cars, motorcycles and motoring memorabilia in the world.

New Forest Minibus Tours

New Forest Minibus Tours

New Forest Minibus Tours provides a service which provides informative and tailor made tours to suit the needs of both visitors and locals to this wonderful New Forest. The tours are fully licensed and insured.

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.

New Forest Wildlife Park

New Forest Wildlife Park

Within an acre of adventure playground, New Forest Wildlife Park offers 4 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.

Palace House

Palace House

In an idyllic New Forest setting, overlooking the picturesque Beaulieu River millpond, Palace House was re-modeled and extended during the 1800s and is now a fine example of a Victorian country house.

Paultons Theme Park

Paultons Park

Paultons Theme Park has over 60 exhilarating rides and entry to Peppa Pig World is included in the entry ticket price. The rides are guaranteed to keep all the family entertained and the adrenaline flowing throughout the day.

Peppa Pig World

Peppa Pig World

Paultons Park is home to Peppa Pig World, which boasts fun rides, an indoor playzone, various features which youngsters will recognise from the cartoon and a muddy puddles splash park – great for younger kids.

Peter Ashley Activity Centres

Peter Ashley Activity Centres

The Peter Ashley Activity Centres provide a fantastic mix of outdoor and academic linked activities including: archery, air rifle shooting, assault courses, climbing, horse riding, initiative testing, holiday activities, and team building.

Portsmouth Museum

Portsmouth Museum

Portsmouth Museum explores different facets of Portsmouth’s history – from the everyday to moments when the city has played its role in national and international events. The city’s art and design collections are also showcased here.

Robin Hill Adventure Park

Robin Hill Adventure Park

With some incredible day and night time experiences to be found throughout the year, Robin Hill Adventure Park and the ‘electric woods’ really is a destination for visitors of all ages looking for outdoor fun and adventure.

Rock Up

Rock Up

Rock Up offers the perfect activity for the whole family, the 26 multi-coloured climbing walls tower 25ft into the air and provide over 70 challenges that will test everyone. There is also a huge soft play area for under 5s.

Rosemary Vineyard

Rosemary Vineyard

Rosemary Vineyard is one of the largest producers of English wine, covering 30 acres. It is ideally placed to make the most of the mild Isle of Wight climate and has free admission, so take a stroll around the vines.

Royal Naval Museum

Royal Naval Museum

The Royal Naval Museum is one of Britain’s oldest maritime museums, it tells the stories of the ships of the Royal Navy and the men and women who have sailed, and still sail, in them. Their events programme is wide and varied.

Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Royal Navy Submarine Museum

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum attracts 50,000 visitors a year. The main attraction is HMS Alliance, the UK’s only surviving walk through WW2 era submarine. The museum tells the story of the lives of every British submariner.

SeaCity Museum

SeaCity Museum

Visit SeaCity Museum to discover how it brings maritime history to life through an interactive experience designed for all ages. The main area tells the story of the impact on Southampton of the sinking in 1912 of the White Star liner Titanic.

Shanklin Chine

Shanklin Chine

Enjoy the unique tranquillity of Shanklin Chine, the Isle of Wight’s oldest tourist attraction, which first opened in 1817. The winding woodland, with its steep sides is a magical place for rare plants, wildlife and enchanting waterfalls.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens are famous the world over. Among its outstanding features are the splendour of the seasonal planting displays set in 180 acres. It has one of the biggest Winter Gardens and longest double borders in Europe.

Skiplex

Skiplex

The revolving, fully adjustable slopes replicate a real piste at Skiplex is covered with an Astroturf carpet as it’s the fastest and most economical way to learn, train and gain – suitable for all ages and abilities.

Southampton City Art Gallery

Southampton City Art Gallery

Southampton City Art Gallery offers the opportunity to enjoy high quality exhibitions ranging from painting, sculpture and drawing, to photography and film, as well as a permanent collection and displays that change regularly.

Southsea Castle

Southsea Castle

Southsea Castle is open as a historical attraction free of charge between March and October each year. Visitors can explore the keep, enjoy amazing views across the Solent from the castle ramparts or enjoy a bite to eat in the cafe.

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.

Staunton Country Park

Staunton Country Park

Staunton Country Park is a listed Regency landscaped parkland and forest encompassing approximately 1,000 acres in Hampshire. An ornamental farm, ornamental lake, follies, maze and glasshouses can be found within it.

The Great Hall

The Great Hall

The legend of King Arthur has endured for over a thousand years and during that time it has lost none of its fascination. The Great Hall is home to ‘King Arthur’s Round Table’, possibly the greatest symbol of medieval mythology.

The Mary Rose

Mary Rose Museum

Watch the ship come to life as the crew are projected onto her decks, showing how they fought, worked and lived on board this mighty 16th century warship. Discover that Tudor England is only a heartbeat away at The Mary Rose.

The Needles

The Needles

Visit The Needles, located at the South-Western tip of the Isle of Wight, explore the wonderful coastline and discover the world famous Needles Rocks and Trinity Lighthouse from Alum Bay – the island’s most iconic location.

The Ventnor Fringe

The Ventnor Fringe

The Ventnor Fringe is a unique celebration of the arts, showcasing emerging and established talent across every creative discipline. The Fringe has gradually grown into one of the Isle of Wight’s most exciting new festivals.

The Vyne

The Vyne

An intimate family home currently undergoing a major roof project, the history of The Vyne spans the centuries. On the lift-accessible rooftop walkway, you can get closer to the roof project saving this former Tudor palace from disrepair.

Tudor House & Garden

Tudor House & Garden

Tudor House & Garden reveals over 800 years of history in one fascinating location at the heart of the Old Town. It appeals to visitors of all ages and interests, with family-friendly activities, interactive technology and fascinating displays.

Vetnor Botanic Garden

Vetnor Botanic Garden

Ventnor Botanic Garden lies in the remarkable microclimate at the heart of the famous ‘Undercliff.’ Many of the plants are shown in representations of geographical regions, growing in association with each other as in the wild.

West Wight Alpacas and Llamas

West Wight Alpacas and Llamas

West Wight Alpacas and Llamas is a trekking and alpaca and llama stud farm set within 23-acres of picturesque countryside on the Isle of Wight and is home to a wonderful herd of unique Suri alpacas and wooly and Suri llamas.

Weymouth Harbour

Weymouth Harbour

The unique and beautiful Weymouth Harbour and marina nestle in sheltered waters at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, providing a truly superb opportunity to explore Weymouth, the Jurassic Coast and the surrounding areas.

Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill (the oldest of its kind in the UK) offers more insights into Victorian Britain. The water mill still weaves silk today using traditional 19th century machinery and provides fascinating insights into a bygone era.

Winchester Science Centre

Winchester Science Centre

Winchester Science Centre features 100 interactive exhibits, which demonstrate the science and technology of the world around us in an engaging and exciting way. It’s ‘hands-on’, not ‘hands-off’, keeping you entertained all day!

Winchester’s Military Museums

Winchesters Military Museums

Winchester’s Military Museums is a grouping of five military museums situated within yards of each other. A visit to Winchester’s Military Museums provides an opportunity to visit all of them and enjoy an interesting day out.

World of Top Gear

World of Top Gear

Because, since not even the dodgiest used car dealers would buy them, cars from BBC’s Top Gear have been gathered together in the World of Top Gear – a special exhibition in homage to the world’s biggest car show.

Yarmouth Castle

Yarmouth Castle

A magnificent picnic spot, with views over the Solent for a family day. Step inside and discover the atmospheric recreation of how the rooms were used in the 16th century, and see the exhibition about the many shipwrecks.