Hampshire is a largely rural county with a strong maritime history along its coast. The cities of Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester provide some excellent visitor attractions documenting Hampshire's medieval, maritime and military history as well as excellent shopping. Around the towns you'll find some of the country's most beautiful countryside particularly in the New Forest and the South Downs in East Hampshire. Many of the towns and villages are traditional market towns where you'll find a host of locally grown and produced goods for sale.
Ocean Village, Southampton
For seaside holidays there's the windsurfing centre of Hayling Island with its long beaches and family fun fair attractions, Lee-on-the-Solent and of course the varied choice of beaches around the Isle of Wight coast. Historic houses like Queen Victoria's Osborne House on the Isle of Wight and The Vyne near Basingstoke make great days out.
Jane Austen's House in Chawton
Jane Austen was born in Hampshire and you can visit many of the sites that she visited and the house where she lived in Chawton. If you're planning to travel without the car you'll find Hampshire well linked by the national rail and bus network. Southampton Airport is also on the rail network and Southampton with its five cruise terminals is Britain's premier world cruise ship capital.
Accommodation in Hampshire
Per person B&B (2 sharing)
Rating from 41 reviews
Family run Isle of Wight bed & breakfast close to Sandown seafront and attractions. Children welcome, family room. Room only, B&B, and Ferry inclusive deals.
Per week (seasonal) Sleeps 4-5
Rating from 14 reviews
New Forest cottage in Sway village, 3 miles from Lymington and Brockenhurst with a private garden, free WiFi, a fully fitted kitchen and dog friendly. Pub & deli nearby. Sleeps 4-5
Per room per night (based on 2 sharing)
Rating from 60 reviews
Beaulieu B&B providing farmhouse accommodation in the New Forest, with en-suite rooms and on-site parking. TV in all rooms. Lovely guest lounge with open fire. Parking and Wi-Fi.
Per person bed and breakfast
Charming New Forest Bed & Breakfast in Sway, 10 minutes from Lymington & Brockenhurst. Families welcome, dogs allowed. Free WiFi and parking. Garden, log fire and conservatory.
per week (seasonal) Sleep 2 & 4
20% off last minute 3+ night stays in The Old Barn for May
Three beautiful Isle of Wight Cottages near Yarmouth with luxury oak beamed living space, hot tub and WiFi. Stunning rural location near beaches and coastal walking. Sleep 2 & 4
per week (seasonal) Sleeps 6
Rating from 59 reviews
Exceptional family friendly cottage in New Milton on the southern edge of the New Forest, 1 mile from beaches with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an enclosed garden, BBQ & WiFi. Sleeps 6
Per week (seasonal) Sleep 2
Two ground floor apartments on the edge of the New Forest with a working water mill onsite. Large garden and riverside BBQ area. Well behaved pets welcome. Sleep 2.
Per Week (Seasonal) Sleep 4 & 6
Two charming cottages in the heart of the New Forest, close to Brockenhurst village centre. Pet and family friendly with digital TV, enclosed gardens & welcome pack. Sleep 4 & 6.
Per person per night B&B (2 sharing)
Rating from 36 reviews
Unique B&B accommodation on the edge of the New Forest with an onsite working water mill. Cream teas during the summer season and private fishing. New Forest Marque Award-winner.
per night (2 sharing)
Quiet bed and breakfast on the east coast of the Isle of Wight. Pet friendly. Close to a dog friendly beach. Private garden. Free Wi-Fi and parking. Guest room with a sea view.