Traditional market town Fareham lies between Southampton and Portsmouth at the head of Portsmouth Harbour, at the confluence of the River Wellington and the harbour. The town is just a short drive from the M27 making it an ideal base for exploring the Solent coast. In the centre you’ll find a great range of amenities including an indoor shopping centre, Georgian Street with its array of cafes and restaurants and plenty of craft shops selling beautiful prints of the surrounding landscape.
Staying in one of the local hotels puts you only a short drive from historic sites including Portchester Castle and Titchfield Abbey. The Westbury Manor Museum in Fareham is also well worth a visit to learn more about the town’s history. A weekly market and a monthly farmers’ market brimming with locally produced goods also takes place in the town centre. Traditional local industries included the production of bricks, tiles and chimney pots using the clay soil underlying the area. Fareham red bricks were used in the construction of the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Westbury Manor Museum
The Tourist Information Centre is in the same building as Wesbury Manor Museum. The Museum was once a seventeenth century farmhouse before the town of Fareham grew to its present proportions. In the eighteenth century Westbury Manor was gentrified and enlarged with the Georgian facade we see today added. Past residents have included admirals from the Royal Navy stationed nearby. The gardens to the rear of the property have been restored to include traditional rose beds, a cottage garden and the more exotic Chinese Border with plants from around the world. Westbury Manor Museum tells the story of Fareham’s local history through a range of materials including photographs, models and original items collected through the years. The Museum holds regular exhibitions linked to the town’s history.
Ashcroft Arts Centre
Fareham is home to Ashcroft Arts Centre. The Arts Centre hosts a varied programme of theatre, music, comedy, film, dance and visual arts. The 150 seat theatre doubles as a cinema showing the latest critcally acclaimed films that have more depth than your usual blockbuster! Ashcroft Arts Centre also hosts a range of themed visual art exhibitions.
Where to Stay
Fareham’s coastal location makes it perfect for families with family friendly beaches located nearby and a number of all inclusive holiday parks located around the town. Quality budget hotels with parking in Fareham sit close to the M27 which is perfect for business and Southampton Airport stopovers. The town’s pretty conservation area contains a number of welcoming B&B’s and Fareham has some classic small hotels, often grand Victorian buildings set within their own private gardens.