There's plenty to occupy you here, but it's also a great base to explore and enjoy the wider region.
In Oxford, you can discover Blenheim Palace – a stunning example of Baroque architecture. With more than 300 years of history to discover, take a tour to see the Great Hall, ornate state rooms and famous Blenheim tapestry.
Beach lovers should head west to enjoy miles of golden sands of Bournemouth Beach. Nestled beneath a magnificent cliff line, the bay enjoys its own micro-climate, some of the warmest sea temperatures in the UK.
Brighton Dome is the south coast’s premier multi-arts venue at the cultural heart of one of England’s most creative cities. Each year, it presents and produce over 600 events spanning music, theatre, dance, comedy and more.
Head to Brighton and walk along the famous Pier, with its huge choice of bars, rides, attractions as well as the traditional fish ‘n’ chips restaurant. And you cannot leave until you’ve played the Dolphin Derby!
Brownsea Island is dramatically located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck Hills. Thriving natural habitats – including woodland, heathland and a lagoon have created a unique haven for wildlife.
Cass Sculpture Foundation
Set within 26 acres of beautiful West Sussex countryside, the Cass Sculpture Foundation has over 80 pieces by sculptors including Tony Cragg, David Brooks and Anthony Gormley. To date it has helped produce over 400 works.
At the centre of the Chichester stands the majestic cathedral, over 900 years old. The Cathedral is open every day and with free entry, visitors can take a take a guided tour or explore the beautiful building at their own leisure.
Chichester Festival Theatre
Fans of arts and culture are in for a treat around Chichester. The city’s Grade II listed Chichester Festival Theatre was the UK’s first thrust stage performance space. The theatre holds a range of regular world-class productions.
North of Hampshire, historical Oxford is home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world. The university comprises 38 colleges, the most famous being Christ Church which inspired Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Hall.
Stretching 10 acres near Sandbanks, Compton Acres was built in 1924 and is a wonderful example of a historic garden in the UK. It is of late Victorian Mixed Style design with seven distinct gardens to wander around.
Moors Valley Country Park
Moors Valley is managed for people and wildlife; providing a space for play, recreation and education as well as a home for a wide range of plants and animals. It’s open all year round and offers a range of activities for all to enjoy.
The Poole Museum is housed in historic buildings adjoining Poole Quay, inside you will find a wealth of intriguing items in this fine local museum. You can discover the history of old Poole and learn more about its seafaring past.
Poole Pottery is famous for design excellence and innovation. Here visitors can see the artists busy at work in the studio and then afterwards browse the shop. Some pieces are true one-offs so you can pick up something unique.
Poole Quay is an exciting, ever-changing blend of maritime activity and a focal point for a wide range of entertainment and leisure pursuits. From the Quay, shoppers can stroll up the pedestrianised high street.
Rifles Military Museum
The Rifles Military Museum is housed on the ground floor of a fine mediaeval building with a well stocked riverside garden, this collection covers the history of the County Regiments of Berkshire, Wiltshire and their recent successors.
Salisbury Cathedral is a truly remarkable building, a testimony to the faith and practical skills of the medieval craftsmen who built it but it is much more than a historical monument. It is a living church and a place of prayer.
Salisbury Museum is situated in the King’s House, a Grade I listed building located opposite Salisbury Cathedral. The museum has a small but friendly team of staff and is also supported by over 100 volunteers.
Sea Life Brighton
Situated right on the sea-front next to Brighton’s iconic pier, Sea Life Brighton is the world’s oldest operating aquarium. It provides a fascinating insight into life below the waves with a range of fascinating creatures.
The prehistoric stone circle of Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world. Radiocarbon dating work on the stones has led archaeologists to believe it was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC, but the reason why is still a mystery.
The Roman Baths
The Roman Baths situated in Bath is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe. It attracts around one million visitors a year, making it one of the most visited heritage attractions in the United Kingdom.