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Things to do in Portsmouth and the New Forest

  • Explore Portsmouth and the New Forest - 20 great days out

    Spinnaker Tower
    A 170 metre tall visitor attraction providing breathtaking views over the South Coast.

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    Fort Nelson
    Covering every period of history from every corner of the world the collection is brought vividly to life every day with the live firing of one of the field guns. Fort Nelson was built in the 1860s, as part of a chain of fortifications protecting the great naval harbour of Portsmouth in Hampshire and its Royal Dockyard from a feared French invasion.

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    Arundel Castle
    The seat of The Dukes of Norfolk and set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens, Arundel Castle has been open to visitors seasonally for nearly 200 years. It is one of the great treasure houses of England, each having its own unique place in history and is home to priceless works of art. Come and see paintings and furniture, tapestries and stained glass, china and clocks, sculpture and carving, heraldry and armour in stunning room settings.

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    Queen Elizabeth Country Park
    The three hills within the Park are all formed of chalk which was deposited in the upper cretaceous period approximately one hundred million years ago. The distinctive valleys (combes) found on Butser were shaped much later during the last ice age. During this Pleistocene period, two million to ten thousand years ago, the area experienced periglacial conditions. This continued freeze and thaw process, combined with a higher water table than at present, eroded the chalk hills, creating the distinctive steep dry valleys we see today.

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    Watercress Line
    This heritage railway was saved from total extinction by a band of enthusiastic volunteers in 1973.  They raised enough money to re-open the line as a visitor attraction from Alresford to Ropley in 1977 and continued to raise funds to relay the track to join up with the South West Trains station at Alton by 1985, with our own station buildings on Platform 3. 

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    The New Forest
    With so much to see and do in The New Forest you'll be spoilt for choice for days out. Whether looking for adventure, discovering some of The New Forest's history or exploring one of the many incredible gardens.

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    Winchester Cathedral
    Winchester Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Winchester, which is part of the Church of England. The Cathedral has its origins in the 7th century, when a Christian Church was first built on this site. Since then, it has played a fundamental part in the life of this ancient City and a significant role in the history of our nation.

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    Mudeford Quay
    Only two miles from Christchurch, Mudeford is a charming fishing village lying at the entrance to Christchurch Harbour, a mecca for water-sports enthusiasts and fishermen.The picturesque quay with its lobster pots, old fishermen's' cottages and Haven House Inn has been traditionally linked with smuggling over the centuries.

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    Royal Marines Museum
    The Royal Marines Museum, situated on the seafront at Southsea, Portsmouth, celebrates the famous fighting spirit and long history of the Royal Marines. Immerse yourself in what the Museum has to offer; explore the exhibits, enjoy our interactive displays and films, and see how the Royal Marines have developed into the world-renowned elite fighting force of today...

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    Natural History
    Portsmouth is a very special place for wildlife in Britain. It has many different habitats in a very small area, and at Portsmouth Natural History Museum you can explore them all.

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    Mottisfont House & Abbey
    At the heart of this tranquil rural estate is Mottisfont Abbey, set in glorious grounds alongside the fast-flowing River Test. There are many layers of history for the visitor to explore, including the Gothic remains of the original 13th-century Augustinian priory. In the mid 20th century the final private owner, society hostess and patron of the arts Maud Russell, used the Abbey as a base for her racy and intriguing life. The River Test is one of the finest chalk steams in the world and the walled gardens house the National Collection of old-fashioned roses.

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    Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
    Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire (formerly Arboretum) is open all year and offers 180 acres of beauty, inspiration and discovery. Over 42,000 plants from temperate regions around the world grow in a variety of themed landscapes.

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    Manor Farm
    Manor Farm lies at the far end of the Country park along a winding country lane. Chickens and ducks roam free around the picturesque farmyard, while a cast of real life historical characters, including Victorian farmer's wife, Mrs Earwicker, can be found going about their daily chores.

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    Hinton Ampner
    The vision of one man, Hinton Ampner is best known for its magnificent garden with stunning views to the south. The elegant country house was remodelled by Ralph Dutton, the 8th and last Lord Sherborne, in 1960 after a devastating fire, and contains his collection of Georgian and Regency furniture, Italian pictures and objets d'art. The gardens were also laid out by Ralph Dutton and are widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of 20th-century design, mixing formal and informal planting, providing all year round interest.

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    Calshot Castle
    This picturesque castle set in Calshot, a coastal village in Southampton, Hampshire, England. This beautiful village provides a perfect relaxing family day out by the coast.  
    This artillery fort, built by Henry VIII to defend the sea passage to Southampton, was recently used as a Navy and RAF base.

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    Titchfield Abbey
    The ruins of a 13th century Premonstratensian abbey, later converted into a Tudor mansion. The church was rebuilt as a grand turreted gatehouse. Information panels tell the story of the monastery and its conversion into a mansion.

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    Netley Abbey
    The most complete surviving Cistercian monastery in southern England, with almost all the walls of its 13th-century church still standing, along with many monastic buildings. After the Dissolution, the buildings were converted into the mansion house of Sir William Paulet. Even in ruins, the abbey continued to be influential, inspiring Romantic writers and poets.

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    Titchfield Nature Reserve
    A nationally renowned nature reserve, celebrated as a winter refuge for ducks, geese and wading birds, and summer breeding ground for the rare Avocet. Our hides provide spectacular views of the wildlife and a network of paths and boardwalks take you through a rare, unspoilt landscape.

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    Southampton Maritime Museum
    Come and find out more about the story of Titanic’s crew. This permanent exhibition at the Maritime Museum will help you to discover their story, the jobs they did - how they felt about the new ‘superliner’, their vivid recollections of the night Titanic struck the iceberg and the consequences for them and their families, which still reverberate in Southampton today.

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    Portchester Castle
    The castle’s commanding location has made it a major factor in the Solent's defences for hundreds of years. The most impressive and best-preserved of the Roman 'Saxon Shore' forts, Portchester Castle was originally built in the late 3rd century. An exhibition in the keep interprets the history of the castle and Portchester village, and displays finds excavated on site. The inclusive audio tour explains life in the castle over the centuries.

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