Hampshire Stories and Tips

Overview and Highlights

Winchester Photo, Hampshire, England

Hampshire, in the south of England, is a great place to visit if you want a short break destination. The countryside is very green and pleasant and the climate is normally mild. The weather is warm enough here for wine growing apparently. It is mainly rural and quite a special place to visit.

There is literary interest here too. Jane Austen wrote often of the county of Hampshire's firmly middle class inhabitants. She is buried at Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire - you can visit the grave and memorial.

I would also say there is nowhere else in southern England offering such a lot of wide open space. There are lots of family friendly activities here - the whole county allows for outdoorsy family holidays.

Tucked away in one corner of Hampshire is the New Forest. This is a wild world all of its own. More than 90,000 acres of the New Forest were preserved by William the Conqueror as a private hunting ground. The vast woodland and heath remains ideal for walking, cycling and just generally exploring today.

The New Forest has been a national park since 2005. It consists of heathery heathland mixed with ancient trees, creeks and coastline. It covers south-west Hampshire and extends into south-east Wiltshire. We mainly spent our time around Lyndhurst, but Lymington and Bucklers Hard are worth visiting. They will make you feel as if you have stepped back in time a couple of centuries. The whole of the New Forest though has a landscape that is timeless.

Winchester, the capital of the county is beautiful. The architecture is beautiful, Winchester Cathedral is amazing - an absolute must-see and the whole place has a lovely, friendly atmosphere.

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