A pick ‘n’ mix selection of beautiful places in Hampshire, including seaside resorts, a national park and coastal ports.
1. Winchester Cathedral
Beautiful both inside and out, Winchester Cathedral (pictured above) is said to be one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Groups can see the illuminated Winchester Bible, 12th century wall paintings, Medieval carvings, and contemporary art exhibitions. Tours are normally available.
2. Exbury Gardens
Riverside walks, a steam railway, and tea rooms provide plenty to do at Exbury Gardens, while annual floral displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias make this attraction a good one for those who enjoy exploring the beauty of a maintained outdoor space.
3. The New Forest
The New Forest is beautiful year-round, and has plenty to attract groups – from its events like the New Forest and Hampshire County Show, to the acres of open heathland and forest, where wild ponies roam.
4. Christchurch Bay
The views over the clay cliffs at Christchurch Bay, near Barton-on-Sea, are worth stopping for. You can take a cliff-top walk for the best views over the beach and seashore before stopping at one of the many cafés or restaurants that dot the seafront.
5. Camber Dock, Old Portsmouth
Camber Dock is the site of Portsmouth’s oldest commercial docks. While not conventionally beautiful, the array of yachts, pleasure boats, fishing boats and motorboats make for a pretty backdrop to a photograph.
6. Hayling Island
Hayling Island, off the coast of Hampshire, boasts miles of unspoilt coastline and countryside. You will find that it’s rich in military history and visitors can explore the island’s natural beauty via a World War Two Heritage Trail that takes in many significant historical landmarks.
7. The Round Tower, Portsmouth
The Round Tower is a fortification at the entrance to Portsmouth harbour, a Grade I listed building and one of Portsmouth’s earliest surviving military fortifications. At the top of the Round Tower is a café for visitors to enjoy great sea and city views.
8. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
180 acres of award-winning grounds make the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey a good place for groups with a passion for horticultural flair. A hydrangea walk, a magnolia avenue and indoor arts and crafts exhibitions throughout the year mean there’s plenty to see and do; plus guided group tours are available.