History all around!
Everywhere you look in this region, you get a strong sense of the past.
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.
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.
Calbourne Water Mill
Set in 35 acres of stunning rural landscape, Calbourne Water Mill contains one of the oldest working water mills in the country. A fascinating day out for all the family, look around the small war museum and many rural exhibits.
Calshot Castle is a picturesque castle set in Calshot, this beautiful village provides a perfect relaxing family day out by the coast. This artillery fort, built by Henry VIII to defend the sea passage to Southampton, was recently used as a base.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Newport Roman Villa
Discovered in 1926 , the well-preserved remains at Newport Roman Villa provides a fascinating insight into country life in third century Britain. The Villa has a superb bath suite with, under floor heating and remnants of mosaic floors.
Portchester Castle in Hampshire provides the perfect setting for a relaxed, fun, historic day out. The most impressive and best-preserved of the Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ forts, Portchester Castle was originally built in the late 3rd century.
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.
Rockbourne Roman Villa
Rockbourne Roman Villa once stood in the centre of a large farming estate, and is the largest known villa in the area. There is a museum which displays many of the fascinating objects found during excavations.
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.
Solent Sky Museum
Solent Sky Museum showcases the history of aviation in Southampton and Solent area. The museum has 18 aircraft of various types, including the Spitfire and S6b, the Engine Bay also has a good selection of engines.
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.
Winchester’s 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.