Known as Jane Austen’s County after its most famous daughter, Hampshire has a wealth of attractions to offer the traveller. Visitors may see one of England’s greatest cathedrals in Winchester, ascend to the top of the South’s tallest landmark in Portsmouth or fish for trout in crystal clear chalk rivers.
Hampshire has excellent museums, with a particular focus on military, maritime and aviation history. It is equally possible to visit the former homes of some the county’s more celebrated residents, among them Charles Dickens, the Duke of Wellington and Ms Austen herself. If urban Hampshire’s port cities and historic market towns don’t grab you, then how do you feel about two national parks (the heath and woodland of the New Forest and the rolling chalk hills of the South Downs), hundreds of miles of coastal inlets, islands and estuaries and a rich agricultural heartland dotted with many fine homes and gardens?
Come to Hampshire and discover where the Titanic weighed anchor on its fateful maiden voyage, where Britain first took to the skies – with an American cowboy at the controls – and where, over 1100 years ago, King Alfred the Great founded the nation of England.