Top attractions in Hampshire
Our most recommended things to do in Hampshire
1. Portsmouth: Spinnaker Tower Ticket
Experience the south coast’s most spectacular view. Spinnaker Tower stands at 170 meters tall, offering breath-taking 23-mile views over Portsmouth Harbour, the city, the Solent, the South Downs and the Isle of Wight. The iconic landmark boasts a high-speed lift and three sky-high viewing decks. Venture across the thrilling glass ‘Sky Walk’ at 100 meters above sea level; discover stories behind the surrounding sites with informative touchscreen displays; try vertigo-inducing virtual reality, breath in the view from the open air ‘Sky Garden’; relax in The Clouds with a coffee, a glass of bubbly or a decadent High Tea; and enjoy delicious meals made with locally sourced ingredients in the Waterfront Cafe.
The views were great, not quite sure what the purpose of the sky garden is though. Enjoyed our visit and the good weather just enhanced that. The staff were helpful and friendly and there was lots of information about what you could see. The toilet was a bit smelly. The sky garden was disappointing, rather sad wilted plants and artifical grass and the views were not much better than what we'd seen 2 levels down
2. Portsmouth: Historic Dockyard Ultimate Explorer Ticket
Visit the exhibitions at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth in any order you want, and at any time you want within a year. Family and individual entries are available. Explore historic ships, including Lord Nelson’s world-famous flagship HMS Victory, Queen Victoria’s HMS Warrior, the First World War’s HMS M.33 and the new Horrible Histories Pirates exhibition. Marvel at Henry VIII's Tudor warship the Mary Rose, which is now included in the all-in-one ticket for 2021. Take the complimentary waterbus to Gosport and explore the Cold War submarine, HMS Alliance. Take a Harbour Tour to cruise around Portsmouth Harbour and see the ships of the modern Royal Navy.
Easy to spend the whole day at the dockyard, interesting exhibits and good food facilities.
3. The Mary Rose: Day Admission Ticket
Visit the new state-of-the-art museum built around King Henry VIII's flagship which sunk during battle off the coast Portsmouth in 1545. The ship was raised from the seabed in 1982 and the award-winning museum was built in 2013. Walk through a range of interactive displays in which 9,000 Tudor artifacts also rescued from the seabed have been reunited from the ship. See how these artefacts tell the story of life on board for the crew and officers in Tudor times. The Mary Rose is the only 16th century warship on display anywhere in the world, and houses the largest and most unique Tudor collection of objects. New for summer 2021: Experience "1545 - When their world ended", a brand new immersive experience that will take you back to July 19, 1545. Re-live the final moments on board the Mary Rose as it sinks during the Battle of the Solent. Step back in time to hear from King Henry VIII an...
Very well organised. plenty of space. the exhibits were beautifully displayed . The guides were all very friendly and knowledgeable. They were readily available to answer any questions and just chat about the exhibits.
4. HMS Victory: Day Admission Ticket
Visit HMS Victory, the Royal Navy’s most famous battleship. Best known for her role in the battle of Trafalgar, the Victory is now the flagship of the first sea lord and a living museum to the Georgian Navy. New for 2021, HMS Victory Under Hull Walkway. Visitors can descend into the base of the dry dock and view the ship from below. The ship stands as a memorial to Vice-Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, Britain’s greatest naval hero, and his victory at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Climb aboard HMS Victory and step back in time to the Georgian period. See the cabin where the Battle of Trafalgar was planned. Walk the once crowded decks where over 800 men lived, worked and fought. You can even stand in the spot where Nelson died.
There is a car park just over the road, Only the Marry Rose is disabled friendly you can get a buggy from the main gate then a wheel chare in the centre
5. Alton Towers Resort: Entrance Ticket
Discover the excitement of Alton Towers Resort with its variety of rides, attractions and entertainment for thrill-seekers, families and kids of all ages! See the Alton Towers Dungeon which was launched in 2019 and is a hilariously hideous journey through Staffordshire’s darkest history. Experience 7 world-class rollercoasters throughout the resort. Ride on the latest addition, "Wicker Man", that brings together wood and fire, as well as "Nemesis" with its iconic twists and turns, "Oblivion" with its sheer vertical drop, and "The Smiler" with its world-record 14 inversions. For those with little ones in tow, explore "CBeebies Land", which is the perfect place to meet some of your favourite CBeebies friends including the Teletubbies, Peter Rabbit, and Postman Pat. Families can also discover Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE, learn to drive at Cuckoo Cars Driving School, catch the Runaway Mine ...
Entry was good and parking efficient. The waiting time for rides was too long as the greatly reduced the number or rides that could be tried.
6. Portsmouth: Hovercraft Flight to the Isle of Wight
Board your hovercraft for an adrenaline-filled day on the Isle of Wight. When the hovercraft reaches the island, you'll land in a prime sea front position along Ryde's beautiful and inviting beaches. Hop off and enjoy what Ryde and the Isle of Wight have to offer, including the beaches, boutique shops, bars and restaurants, and travel links to elsewhere across the island. After a day of fun on the island, enjoy a same-day return journey back to the Southsea terminal. The journey across the Solent is approximately 10 minutes. So sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight on the World's only commercial passenger hovercraft service.
When you the buy the tickets, you will be contacted asking to what time you want to go out and return, I sent these details to them 3 months in advance, They agreed with the times and issued tickets with these times. On arrival they told me the timetable had changed and we would have to catch the next one which was 30 minutes later than planned, the hovercraft had broken down and we were dealyed 2 hours in total, on Return we found that the time table again had changed and that crafts were now hourly instead of every 20 muinutes!, we had missed our booked return time, the next craft to depart was was fully booked we were put on standby, luckily spaces became available and we made it. I would say if you pay for parking, use RingGo app so you can extend your parking if things go wrong. Try to stick to your booking times if you can, the hovercraft is popular and gets booked up quickly.
7. Portsmouth: The D-Day Story Entry Ticket
Enjoy a visit to Portsmouth’s fascinating D-Day Story and learn about this pivotal event that changed the course of World War Two. The D-Day Story is told in four parts, The Landing Craft Tank 7074, Preparation, D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, and the Overlord Embroidery. Discover the story of this fateful day through a series of exhibitions, workshops, and other activities, as well as over 10,000 fascinating items and artifacts. The D-Day Story is told through the personal accounts and possessions of the people who were there, and brought to life through stunning audio-visual presentations. By the end of your visit, you’ll have a better understanding of D-Day, and a renewed sense of respect for those who were part of it.
Helpful and informative staff especially on the new Landing craft fun for the children
8. Downton Abbey and Village Small Group Tour from London
Become Lord or Lady Grantham for the day, as you visit the film locations used in the BAFTA award-winning Downton Abbey period drama. Hear how the global hit TV series was made and about the actors involved and the wonderful history of the places you visit on this full-day tour. You’ll depart central London in the morning on a drive to the charming Oxfordshire village that has been featured in the series as Downton village. Enjoy a guided tour of locations such as Downton Hospital, the village pub, the former home of Matthew Crawley, and the local church. Take a short comfort break before continuing on to Highclere Castle, which is the main setting used in Downton Abbey. En route you’ll learn about the thousand-year history of Highclere Castle and life above and below the stairs. Lunch can be purchased at Highclere Castle or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy it on the beautiful ...
A must for all Downton Abbey fans!! The small group to Bampton was very personal and our guide pointed out all the buildings used in the series. Really fun! Souvenirs that have Downton Abbey on them are found in the Library for purchase. Highclere castle is maxing we are the grounds. Souvenirs are more for highclere castle than the show but still really nice. Tea and light lunches were really good. Gin made a Highclere can be purchase but a bit pricey . Lots of time to see everything!
9. Devon and Cornwall: 5-Day Tour from London
Discover the landscapes and history of the wild Southwest of England on this 5-day minicoach tour. Combining the best of Devon and Cornwall, including the Jurassic Coast, Dartmoor, Lands End, Tintagel Castle, 2 nights in the Roman city of Exeter, and 2 nights in the harbor town of Falmouth, this tour offers a unique view of a beautiful part of Britain. Day 1 Depart London and travel through the old kingdom of Wessex to the historic city of Winchester. The former capital of Anglo-Saxon England boasts a magnificent cathedral and the Norman Great Hall. From this bustling city, head to a quieter but equally profound place, the standing stone circle of Stonehenge. Having explored this mystical place, your tour will continue to Exeter, the Romans most southwesterly fortified settlement and your base for 2 nights. Day 2 Your morning is spent exploring the ma...
Our driver Kate from Rabbies was brilliant. Kate gave amazing background info and details of places we visited. Late ensured all travellers were satisfied at all times.
10. From London: Peppa Pig World Entrance Ticket and Transfer
Depart from London and travel by bus to Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park. Explore a variety of big rides, small rides, play areas, entertainment, and an astonishing collection of exotic birds and animals, all set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland. Enjoy 9 fabulous rides including The Queen’s Flying Coach Ride, Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club, Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight, Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride, Grandpa’s Little Train, George’s Dinosaur Adventure, and a ride in a "cloud" around Windy Castle! Visit the large indoor play area, Georges Spaceship Playzone, and superb animated themed attractions including a chance to visit Peppa and her family in their house! See the Park’s own little corner of Africa and discover the amazing animals and birds of the savanna. See meerkats, porcupines, lizards, mongooses, and other animals of all shapes and size to delight and entertain. Visit The Ho...
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What people are saying about Hampshire
Definitely go for the ticket that gives you a year's free entry, fat too much to see and do in a day. Well laid out and each exhibition has it's own unique way of explaining naval history. Fascinating and still more to see. Will certainly be back.
Us and our grandchildren aged 15 and 13 had a very good day out. Amongst the things we saw we found the marie rose the best.
Easy to spend the whole day at the dockyard, interesting exhibits and good food facilities.
Excellent and very enjoyable . Fantastic exhibition and effects very good .
Was a great view from the top and some interesting facts to read.