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Destination guide

There's everything you need near your Hampshire holiday let

Hampshire has everything you need for a romantic getaway with your partner or an outdoor adventure with the family. It's blessed with a long coastline, 3 national parks – including the New Forest and part of the South Downs – bustling market towns and ancient cities, like Winchester, which are packed with museums and history. When you stay in a Hampshire holiday rental you can discover the story behind the ill-fated Titanic, catch a glimpse of King Arthur's Round Table or marvel at the longest cathedral in Europe. It's all waiting for you in this Southern English county along the sea.

History

Explore the rich heritage near your Hampshire holiday let

You can't help but immerse yourself in the county's history when you stay in a Hampshire holiday rental. If you're in Winchester, you could see the replica of King Arthur's Round Table in the Great Hall at Winchester Castle, while those who stay in Fareham shouldn't miss the nearby Roman Saxon Portchester Castle or the 19th-century Fort Nelson. Then there's the 2,000-year-old remains of a Roman amphitheatre and the old town walls in Silchester, or the beautiful 15th-century half-timbered Tudor House and Garden in Southampton. The medieval Winchester Cathedral, Europe's longest, is well worth a visit, as is the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which has seen some of England's most famous vessels.

Things to do

The 3 national parks and long coastline provide plenty of adventure

The rolling hills, forested natural parks and mile upon mile of coastline lend themselves to outdoor adventures. They can be as sedate or as active as you wish. Some prefer to take light walks through the meadow and woodland trails, others find a shady spot on the edge of a river and cast their line to catch a big one. If you're staying in a Hampshire holiday rental along the coast, you could learn to sail or paddle around in a sea kayak. Then there are the real adrenaline-inducing sports, like hang-gliding or hurtling down the hilly tracks on mountain bikes. If you're a golfer, don't forget to bring your clubs as you won't want to miss teeing off along the beautiful fairways.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Hampshire

Are you searching for attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that Hampshire has to offer. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Marwell Zoo (4.6 mi / 7.5 km)
  • Stoneham Golf Club (8.9 mi / 14.3 km)
  • Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre (9.4 mi / 15.1 km)
  • Southampton City Golf Course (9.5 mi / 15.2 km)
  • Swanmore Golf Centre (10 mi / 16.1 km)
  • The Rapids (10.1 mi / 16.3 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Hampshire

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, Hampshire is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Winnall Moors Nature Reserve (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Queen Eleanors Garden (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Sir Harold Hillier Gardens (8.5 mi / 13.7 km)
  • Riverside Park (9.9 mi / 15.9 km)
  • Mottisfront Abbey and Gardens (10.9 mi / 17.6 km)
  • Manor Farm Country Park (11 mi / 17.6 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Hampshire

The nearest airport is in Southampton (SOU), located 8.1 mi (13 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into London (LHR-Heathrow), which is 46 mi (74.1 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Winchester Station, Winchester Shawford Station and Eastleigh Station are the main stations in the city.

How to get around

How to navigate your way around Hampshire

Getting around the county from your Hampshire holiday let isn't difficult, or expensive, thanks to the reliable network of buses, coaches and trains. All you need to do is buy your ticket and sit back to take in the view. If you're feeling active, you could always bring your bike along and cycle between the coast and the villages. There are more than 30 recommended routes to take, ranging from easy-going to challenging. Alternatively, you could bring the car – or rent 1 when you arrive – and have the freedom to visit every nook and cranny of the county at your own pace.

Food & drink 

Dive into Hampshire's thriving foodie scene

The residents of Hampshire are rightly proud of their local produce, which makes it onto most restaurants' menus. If you're a foodie, don't miss one of the bustling farmers' markets, where you can pick up everything from one of the fresh catches of the day to locally-grown fruit and vegetables to take back to your Hampshire holiday let. The county has also got a long drink-producing heritage and you can take tours of the local vineyards, the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery or dive into the craft beer scene at one of the old country pubs.

How many holiday rentals are available around Hampshire?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,916 holiday lettings around Hampshire. From 1,196 cabins to 1,196 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Hampshire?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Hampshire. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Lymington: 1,086 holiday homes
  • New Forest District: 1,875 holiday homes
  • Milford on Sea: 736 holiday homes
  • Peppa Pig World: 1,269 holiday homes
  • Brockenhurst: 1,146 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Hampshire! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Hampshire?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Hampshire with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Lymington: 1,086 holiday lettings
  • Brockenhurst: 1,146 holiday lettings
  • Fordingbridge: 263 holiday lettings
  • Southampton: 386 holiday lettings
  • Winchester: 382 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Hampshire?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Hampshire are:

  • Winchester (WNC-Winchester Bus Station): 473 self catering accommodations
  • Ringwood (RNW-Ringwood Bus Station): 1,755 self catering accommodations
  • Southampton Airport (SOU): 1,297 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Hampshire?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Hampshire. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Peppa Pig World: 1,269 holiday rentals
  • New Forest Golf Club: 1,657 holiday rentals
  • Jane Austen's House Museum: 360 holiday rentals
  • Buckler's Hard: 2,178 holiday rentals
  • Ocean Village Marina: 1,585 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Hampshire listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Hampshire

Lymington
1,086 holiday rentals
Brockenhurst
1,146 holiday rentals
Fordingbridge
263 holiday rentals
Southampton
386 holiday rentals
Winchester
382 holiday rentals
Gosport
820 holiday rentals
New Milton
900 holiday rentals
Petersfield
354 holiday rentals
Hayling Island
714 holiday rentals
Lyndhurst
590 holiday rentals
Basingstoke
139 holiday rentals
Fareham
800 holiday rentals
Bramshaw
374 holiday rentals
Ringwood
1,005 holiday rentals
Bordon
134 holiday rentals
Andover
191 holiday rentals
Lee-on-the-Solent
761 holiday rentals
Havant
525 holiday rentals
Alton
118 holiday rentals
Aldershot
153 holiday rentals