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Action Stations

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

Action Stations is a high-tech, interactive indoor attraction housed in Boathouse 6. The boathouse itself was built...

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Action Stations

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

Action Stations is a high-tech, interactive indoor attraction housed in Boathouse 6. The boathouse itself was built between 1845 and 1848, and like the technology it now features inside, it was once at the forefront of design and innovation in the Victorian era.

Action Stations was officially opened by the Duke of York in 2001, and features a unique series of physical challenges, simulators and technological experiments, which put visitors at the heart of the modern naval experience.

At Action Stations visitors can reach dizzy heights when they attempt to scale the tallest indoor climbing tower in the UK. Soaring to a height of 8.4 metres (over 27 feet), a built-in LCD timer and differing degrees of difficulty are available, assess your own speed and agility, as well as compete against friends and family.

Action Stations has worked closely with the UK’s number 1 laser tag brand to create an exhilarating experience for players of all ages. Set over 2 floors which represent the bridge of a hijacked container ship and a pirate stronghold, Laser Quest provides challenges inspired by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, with lighting effects, billowing smoke and a heart-pounding atmosphere.

Take your seats for Command Approved, our state of the art large-screen film and projection technology bring you 25 minutes of heart-pumping action fit for James Bond himself, as the fictional HMS Monarch combats gold bullion pirates in the South Seas. This is the Royal Navy at its best in an action-packed drama combining excitement, danger and intrigue. Command Approved was specially made on location in the Bahamas aboard HMS Montrose and HMS Marlborough, two of the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates.

Then ride the movie in the 19-seat, 6-axis motion simulator where visitors can take a white-knuckle trip in a rigid raider boat with the Royal Marines, defy gravity in a Sea Harrier, or let Helen, the Lynx helicopter pilot in Command Approved, take you on a hair-raising escape from those rebel pirates.

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Action Stations
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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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023 9283 9766
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Beaulieu

Beaulieu, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN Beaulieu
Museum
01590 612345 01590 612345

Set in the heart of the New Forest, Beaulieu is an award-winning family day out where one great value ticket grants...

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Beaulieu

Beaulieu, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN Beaulieu
Museum
01590 612345 01590 612345

Set in the heart of the New Forest, Beaulieu is an award-winning family day out where one great value ticket grants you access to all these attractions:

The National Motor Museum has a stunning collection of over 250 vehicles. From Formula 1 racers to vintage classics, the museum captures the wonderful history of motoring. Visit Jack Tucker's Garage, which recreates the sights, sounds and smells of a typical 1930s country garage.

Ever wondered what happened to the amphibious Toyota or the Saab stretch limo from Top Gear? The World of Top Gear features the actual cars from some of the TV show's most ambitious challenges, such as the Lotus Excel submarine car from the Top Gear Bond special. Attraction highlights include the Top Gear 'Enormodrome' which recreates the feel of the Top Gear studio.

Visit the beautiful Palace House & Gardens to discover the history of this Victorian styled country house and explore the tranquil Beaulieu Abbey to learn about the inhabitants of this once-bustling complex.

Uncover the truth behind Beaulieu's covert wartime role in the Secret Army Exhibition.

Plus see sweeping views of the park from the high-level Monorail or climb aboard to enjoy the sights from the replica 1912 open-topped London Bus.

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Beaulieu
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Beaulieu, Beaulieu, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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01590 612345
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Boathouse 4

Victory Gate, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

Boathouse 4 was built in 1939 in response to the need for a rapid rearmament programme prior to the start of World...

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Boathouse 4

Victory Gate, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

Boathouse 4 was built in 1939 in response to the need for a rapid rearmament programme prior to the start of World War II. This vast building, incorporating its own dock and locks, is typical of 1930s military industrial architecture. Access to Boathouse 4 is free. 

Boathouse 4 is a great new family attraction within the Historic Dockyard, with exhibitions, hands-on children’s activities and a brand new indoor mast climbing experience.

The building was constructed in the rearmament period before the Second World War and has also been restored and converted into a Boatbuilding Skills Training Centre and will soon be home to the International Boatbuilding College Portsmouth and Highbury College. These two colleges will be training a new generation of students in the techniques of traditional boatbuilding and other related skills that are still very much required today to build and conserve wooden boats.

Built within this magnificent historic building, overlooking the Boatbuilding Skills Training Centre is a new exciting exhibition “The Forgotten Craft” which tells the heroic stories of the small boats which were the backbone of the Royal Navy. From the wooden cutters that ferried Lord Nelson to and from his flagship, to the Cockleshell Heroes in their canoes and the powerful motorboats that helped to win the Second World War.

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Boathouse 4
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Victory Gate, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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023 9283 9766
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Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary

Bolderwood Arboretum, Minstead, SO43 7GQ Minstead
Visitor Attraction
023 8028 3141 023 8028 3141

Spotting deer in the New Forest isn't always easy, but at Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary there is a purpose built viewing...

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Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary

Bolderwood Arboretum, Minstead, SO43 7GQ Minstead
Visitor Attraction
023 8028 3141 023 8028 3141

Spotting deer in the New Forest isn't always easy, but at Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary there is a purpose built viewing platform overlooking a large meadow area where a herd of fallow deer regularly gather.

Deer viewing at Bolderwood isn't guaranteed but the herd are fed daily by the local New Forest keeper, between the months of April and September, so the deer are more than happy to remain in the main meadow and are very accustomed to human presence. Feeding time can be between noon and 3pm.

Several of the animals are white, which is quite an uncommon colour for fallow deer to be. The platform provides an excellent photo opportunity although a zoom or telephoto lens is a very good idea, if you want close-up shots.

The large grass lawn at Bolderwood car parkThe wooden viewing platform is just a short distance from the main Bolderwood car park. Adjacent to the car park is a large flat grassy Forest lawn, perfect for kicking a football around or grouping up for a game of rounders! In fact, Bolderwood is one of the most popular spots in the New Forest for spending a sunny day and the area can become a bit congested during the better weather and holiday times.

While the deer sanctuary is the main attraction at Bolderwood, there are also graded walks and a large picnic area amongst the tall trees, alongside which is a New Forest information cabin (not always open) manned by a Forest Ranger. The picnic area also has decent toilet facilities.

If you don't want to stray too far from your vehicle, it's an ideal place to take a packed lunch and just enjoy the forest atmosphere.

Of course, if you want to see more of Bolderwood the graded walks take you through the surrounding woodland. Each one starts and ends at the picnic area and follow gravel tracks. There are three walks of 1/2 mile, 1 mile and 2 miles and all are very easy going.

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Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary
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Bolderwood Arboretum, Minstead, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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Bombay Sapphire

Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Laverstoke Mill, London Road Laverstoke , Whitchurch, RG28 7NR Whitchurch
Visitor Information Centre
01256 890090 01256 890090

In renovating Laverstoke Mill, Bombay Sapphire has taken the utmost care to preserve the natural ecology and heritage...

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Bombay Sapphire

Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Laverstoke Mill, London Road Laverstoke , Whitchurch, RG28 7NR Whitchurch
Visitor Information Centre
01256 890090 01256 890090

In renovating Laverstoke Mill, Bombay Sapphire has taken the utmost care to preserve the natural ecology and heritage of the site. To build a long-term legacy at Laverstoke Mill, Bombay Sapphire has also committed to building a sustainable future. The award-winning sustainability measures in design and construction are at the heart of this state-of-the art distillery.

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Bombay Sapphire
Address
Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Laverstoke Mill, London Road Laverstoke , Whitchurch, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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01256 890090
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Bursledon Brickworks Museum

Swanwick Lane, Southampton, SO31 7HB Southampton
Museum
01489 576248 01489 576248

The Museum prides itself on providing a really good visit for everyone - whatever age! We have an interesting tale to...

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Bursledon Brickworks Museum

Swanwick Lane, Southampton, SO31 7HB Southampton
Museum
01489 576248 01489 576248

The Museum prides itself on providing a really good visit for everyone - whatever age! We have an interesting tale to tell all about the history of brick making. Bricks are such small insignificant items - but they have built much of Britain.

Find out how they were made, try making one yourself, see how the brickworks at Bursledon geared up to making 20 million bricks a year.

Lots of hands-on activities throughout the museum.....no chance of getting bored!

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Bursledon Brickworks Museum
Address
Swanwick Lane, Southampton, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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01489 576248
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Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth, PO1 4QL Portsmouth
Museum
023 9282 7261 023 9282 7261

Charles Dickens – Portsmouth’s most famous son..

Portsmouth, the Home of Great Writing, has touched the lives and...

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Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth, PO1 4QL Portsmouth
Museum
023 9282 7261 023 9282 7261

Charles Dickens – Portsmouth’s most famous son..

Portsmouth, the Home of Great Writing, has touched the lives and works of Britain’s most famous writers - from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Michelle Magorian, from H.G. Wells to Neil Gaiman. But the city’s most famous son is Charles Dickens – novelist, journalist, and social commentator. Although homes in London and Chatham would later claim him, Dickens’ early life was spent in Portsmouth.

Charles Dickens was born at 1 Mile End Terrace (now re-named 393 Old Commercial Road) on 7th February 1812 - the first married home of his parents, John and Elizabeth Dickens. Here you can experience the authentic atmosphere of the comfortable Regency home which would have greeted the new-born Dickens. Much of Victorian Portsmouth still remains in the city’s streets and heritage, drawn upon by Dickens himself in Nicholas Nickleby. The Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum is the perfect place to start exploring and experiencing the work of one of England’s most famous and best-loved writers.

The displays bring the birthplace to life, perfectly presenting the furnishings and style of the Dickens family. A fully-furnished parlour, dining room and bedroom feature genuine Regency furniture and household items, allowing you to step into the world of the 19th century Dickens family. See exhibits belonging to the man himself, including personal possessions such as his snuff box and even the very couch on which he died.

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Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum
Address
393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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023 9282 7261
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Dancing Cows Brewery and Distillery

Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington, SO41 8AL Lymington
Brewery
07952 639465 07952 639465

Welcome to the Dancing Cows Brewery and Distillery.

We are on a mission to excite your senses. Beers and malt liquors...

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Dancing Cows Brewery and Distillery

Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington, SO41 8AL Lymington
Brewery
07952 639465 07952 639465

Welcome to the Dancing Cows Brewery and Distillery.

We are on a mission to excite your senses. Beers and malt liquors made with local barley. Gins, rums and vodkas infused with fresh seasonal botanicals, fruits and flowers. We are big into tradition but we also know that evolution is essential – we have no sacred cows, just Dancing Cows.

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Dancing Cows Brewery and Distillery
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Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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07952 639465
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Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Gunwharf Road, Portsmouth, PO1 3TT Portsmouth
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023 9285 7520 023 9285 7520

Positioned on the waters edge, within Gunwharf Quays and a stone's throw from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Spinnaker...

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Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Gunwharf Road, Portsmouth, PO1 3TT Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
023 9285 7520 023 9285 7520

Positioned on the waters edge, within Gunwharf Quays and a stone's throw from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Spinnaker Tower stands at an impressive 170 meters. With its viewing decks offering panoramic views across Portsmouth, the South Coast and the Isle of Wight, visitors can see up to 23 miles of stunning cityscape and coastal views on a clear day, or a glittering sea of lights at night.

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Emirates Spinnaker Tower
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Gunwharf Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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023 9285 7520
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Escape Yachting

Lymington Yacht Haven, Lymington, SO41 3QD Lymington
Visitor Attraction
01202 313607 01202 313607

Luxury Sailing Experience Days and Skippered Yacht Charter..

Hello. We’re Escape Yachting, a skippered yacht charter...

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Escape Yachting

Lymington Yacht Haven, Lymington, SO41 3QD Lymington
Visitor Attraction
01202 313607 01202 313607

Luxury Sailing Experience Days and Skippered Yacht Charter..

Hello. We’re Escape Yachting, a skippered yacht charter company.

We offer you a relaxing sailing experience. See the English coast and the Isle of Wight on a day out or weekend on the Solent, from Lymington in the New Forest. Discover new destinations abroad with our family-friendly, full-service worldwide charter. Sailing is wonderfully clean and quiet, the perfect antidote to the rush of daily life.

Our aim is to provide you with a fun and stress-free trip!

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Escape Yachting
Address
Lymington Yacht Haven, Lymington, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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01202 313607
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Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

Exbury Gardens, Exbury, SO45 1AZ Exbury
Botanical Garden
023 8089 1203 023 8089 1203

The Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre (80 hectare) site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of...

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Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

Exbury Gardens, Exbury, SO45 1AZ Exbury
Botanical Garden
023 8089 1203 023 8089 1203

The Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre (80 hectare) site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. 

This earthly paradise offers a riot of colour in spring, an oasis of tranquillity in summer followed by a splendid show as the leaves change in the autumn. 

Capture Exbury’s hidden beauty and escape the cares of the world as you explore a myriad of pathways. A 20 minute trip aboard the 12 ¼ inch gauge Steam Railway is sure to delight visitors of all ages. 

Children will love the adventure play area and looking at all the wildlife that we have! Top the day off with an ice-cream or tea and cake in Mr Eddy’s Tea Rooms.

The Gardens are open 20th March - 5th November 2017, 10am – 6pm (last admission 4.30pm)

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Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway
Address
Exbury Gardens, Exbury, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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023 8089 1203
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Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower

Heritage Way, Priddy's Hard, Gosport, Portsmouth, PO12 4LE Portsmouth
Museum
023 9250 5600 023 9250 5600

Explosion! is an award winning museum of naval warfare created within 18th century buildings at the Royal Navy's...

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Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower

Heritage Way, Priddy's Hard, Gosport, Portsmouth, PO12 4LE Portsmouth
Museum
023 9250 5600 023 9250 5600

Explosion! is an award winning museum of naval warfare created within 18th century buildings at the Royal Navy's former armaments depot of Priddy's Hard, in Gosport, Hampshire.

The museum is housed in a group of listed buildings which centre around the original powder magazine of 1771. These sit on the edge of a delightful camber basin on the western shore of Portsmouth Harbour, with views across to Portchester Castle, Whale Island and the Naval Base. Explosion! traces the development of naval armaments from gunpowder to the Exocet missile...but the museum is not just about big bangs!

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Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower
Address
Heritage Way, Priddy's Hard, Gosport, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 9250 5600
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Fordingbridge Museum

King's Yard, Fordingbridge, SP6 1AB Fordingbridge
Museum
01425 655222 01425 655222

Local history brought to life!

Explore the rich history of Fordingbridge and the surrounding areas in one of the most...

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Fordingbridge Museum

King's Yard, Fordingbridge, SP6 1AB Fordingbridge
Museum
01425 655222 01425 655222

Local history brought to life!

Explore the rich history of Fordingbridge and the surrounding areas in one of the most stimulating and fascinating attractions in the town.

Situated on the edge of the New Forest, in the old market town of Fordingbridge on the Hampshire Avon, our small museum is housed on two floors of an old granary and is run by volunteers.

  • Experience a Second World War bomb shelter
  • Find out about local businesses and trades
  • Learn about controversial local artist Augustus John
  • Browse our albums of local photographs
  • Buy gifts from our well stocked shop

Entry is free but we rely on donations to keep open so please be generous.

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Fordingbridge Museum
Address
King's Yard, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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01425 655222
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Furzey Gardens

Minstead, Lyndhurst, SO43 7GL Lyndhurst
Botanical Garden
023 8081 2464 023 8081 2464

Set in the heart of the New Forest at Minstead in Hampshire, this delightful informal garden was established in 1922...

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Furzey Gardens

Minstead, Lyndhurst, SO43 7GL Lyndhurst
Botanical Garden
023 8081 2464 023 8081 2464

Set in the heart of the New Forest at Minstead in Hampshire, this delightful informal garden was established in 1922 and is renowned for its all year round beauty. We are also very proud to be RHS Chelsea 2012 show garden GOLD award winners. The Furzey Chelsea garden can be enjoyed throughout the seasons as it now has its permanent home in the gardens overlooking the lake. The rest of the woodland gardens continue to delight and with so much to offer, Furzey Gardens really is a haven of peace and tranquility.

The thatched Coffee Shop and Craft Gallery should not to be missed. A variety of crafts, toys and gifts is displayed in the gallery and you can relax with a tea or coffee and cake on the New Terrace or in the comfortable sofas in the Loft.

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Furzey Gardens
Address
Minstead, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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023 8081 2464
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Gunwharf Quays

Gunwharf Quays House, Portsmouth, PO1 3TZ Portsmouth
Shopping Centre
023 9283 6700 023 9283 6700

In a striking waterfront location, Gunwharf Quays is the place to go when shopping in Portsmouth. With over 120 well...

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Gunwharf Quays

Gunwharf Quays House, Portsmouth, PO1 3TZ Portsmouth
Shopping Centre
023 9283 6700 023 9283 6700

In a striking waterfront location, Gunwharf Quays is the place to go when shopping in Portsmouth. With over 120 well known and designer brands, outlet stores, restaurants and leisure facilities, there is something to suit every taste.

First opened in February 2001 as part of the redevelopment of the harbour, Gunwharf Quays often plays host to a variety of local and international events.

From high-end jewellery stores to women's designer accessories, sports stores to brand-name sweet outlets, there is something to tempt everyone. Offering a wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars, you can grab just about anything; from a quick sandwich or coffee, familiar fast food, a leisurely three course meal with wine or an exotic menu with choices from around the world.

Home to a 14 screen cinema, 26 lane bowling alley, a swimming pool, amusement arcade and fitness centre all on site, there is so much more to do than just shop.

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Gunwharf Quays
Address
Gunwharf Quays House, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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023 9283 6700
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HMS M.33

Victory Gate, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

HMS M.33 is not only the sole remaining British veteran of the bloody Dardanelles Campaign of 1915-1916, but also of...

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HMS M.33

Victory Gate, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

HMS M.33 is not only the sole remaining British veteran of the bloody Dardanelles Campaign of 1915-1916, but also of the Russian Civil War which followed. The ship is one of just three British warships from World War I still in existence.

HMS M.33 was built in 1915 on the orders of the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill. She was a floating gun platform designed to bombard coastal positions from the sea. Her first active operation was the support of the British landings at Suvla during the Battle of Gallipoli in August 1915. She remained stationed at Gallipoli until the evacuation in January 1916. She served in the Mediterranean for the remainder of the War and was involved in the seizure of the Greek fleet at Salamis Bay in 1916.

After the War, M.33 was sent to Murmansk in Russia to relieve the North Russian Expeditionary Force before returning to Portsmouth to become a mine-laying training ship. She was renamed HMS Minerva.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy and Hampshire County Council have partnered to develop an exciting project to conserve, restore and interpret M.33 in time for her centenary in 2015. With Heritage Lottery Fund support this has allowed the public onboard for the very first time, making HMS M.33 the only warship from World War I open to visitors.

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HMS M.33
Address
Victory Gate, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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023 9283 9766
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HMS Victory

HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

HMS Victory is the Royal Navy's most famous warship. Best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, the Victory...

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HMS Victory

HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

HMS Victory is the Royal Navy's most famous warship. Best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, the Victory currently has a dual role as the Flagship of the First Sea Lord and as a living museum to the Georgian Navy.

There have been many celebrated warships in Britain’s naval history but HMS Victory can justifiably claim to be the most famous of them all. Having served as Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, she has become one of the UK’s most-loved visitor attractions.

The death of Nelson onboard HMS Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar is an iconic moment in world history and 400,000 people visit the warship each year to see spot on the quarter deck where Nelson fell, which is marked by a brass plaque. Victory suffered the highest casualties of the British ships at Trafalgar, 51 of the servicemen onboard were killed, 11 died of their wounds and 91 were wounded and survived.

HMS Victory was permanently saved for posterity in 1922 following a national appeal, and placed into dry dock at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard where she remains today. Visitors to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard can now trace the development of Britain’s technical maritime advancements. Maintaining a ship like Victory out of water presents huge challenges, but you can be sure that Victory will never lose her original charm and appeal.

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HMS Victory
Address
HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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023 9283 9766
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HMS Warrior 1860

HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

The fastest, largest and most powerful warship in the world when she was launched. Such was her reputation that enemy...

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HMS Warrior 1860

HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

The fastest, largest and most powerful warship in the world when she was launched. Such was her reputation that enemy fleets were intimidated by her obvious supremacy and deterred from attacking Britain at sea - yet she never fired a shot in anger.

HMS Warrior 1860 was Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured warship and the pride of Queen Victoria’s Fleet. On her first voyage, HMS Warrior caused a sensation; people crowded to see her and she was considered invincible. The combination of iron sides, which offered protection from the exploding shells and the ability to carry large guns, changed the nature of marine warfare.

A tour of HMS Warrior 1860 will give you a clear indication of why the warship earned its formidable reputation. She was built to protect the nation’s supremacy at sea following the launch of the iron-clad warship La Gloire by the French in 1859. The Royal Navy was determined to design a ship that would be regarded as invincible, and would deter France. She would have speed, armament and size on her side – in fact, when she was built she was 60% larger than La Gloire.

It’s ironic that having become the ultimate deterrent against attack, HMS Warrior’s life as a warship was short-lived. She was soon replaced by faster designs, with bigger guns and even thicker armour, and in 1871 was downgraded to coastguard and reserve services.

A few years later, it was decided that her rotten fore and main masts were not worth the cost of repair, and HMS Warrior was placed in the reserve. She was put up for sale as scrap in 1924, but no buyer could be found, and five years later she was converted into a floating oil pontoon at Pembroke Dock. When the oil depot closed in 1978, HMS Warrior was passed on to the Maritime Trust and was towed 800 miles to Hartlepool where the world’s largest maritime restoration project ever undertaken began.

After eight years of rebuilding, on the afternoon of Friday 12th June 1987, HMS Warrior was pulled by tugs from her moorings to begin the four-day journey back to Portsmouth, where she now provides a valuable insight into what life was like onboard an elite warship from the Victorian era.

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HMS Warrior 1860
Address
HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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023 9283 9766
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Longdown Activity Farm

Longdown, Southampton, SO40 7EH Southampton
Farm
023 8029 2356 023 8029 2356

Come along and enjoy a fantastic family day for everyone. Join in with our daily schedule of activities, which run...

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Longdown Activity Farm

Longdown, Southampton, SO40 7EH Southampton
Farm
023 8029 2356 023 8029 2356

Come along and enjoy a fantastic family day for everyone. Join in with our daily schedule of activities, which run throughout the day. You can bottle-feed the kid goats and the calves, feed the ducks, meet the pigs, donkeys and ponies... and cuddle the baby rabbits, chicks or maybe even a piglet! PLUS lots more friendly animals to see.

Lots of brilliant farmyard buildings to explore and loads of fabulous indoor and outdoor play areas including the trampoline barn, a soft play area and The Farmer's Straw Den.

Don't miss the Longdown Farm Shop for a large range of delicious locally sourced produce. We also provide a tearoom, gift shop and picnic areas. (Farm Shop open daily 10am - 5pm (4pm when farm attraction is closed))

Open from Saturday 13th Feb 2016 until Sunday 30th Oct 2016

Open daily - 10am to 5pm February to September

Open daily - 10am to 4.30pm October

Last admissions - 1 hour before closing.

Christmas attraction open 3rd to 24th December 2016.

PLEASE NOTE: CHILDREN UNDER 14 YEARS OF AGE MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A RESPONSIBLE ADULT. THANK YOU.

2016 Admission Prices: SAME PRICES AS 2015!

  • Under 3s are FREE!
  • Adult - £9.00. Buy online for 10% savings
  • Senior - £7.50. Buy online for 10% savings
  • Child (3-14 years) - £8.00. Buy online for 10% savings
  • Family Saver: (2 Adults & 2 Children) - £30.00. Buy online for 10% savings
  • Serving military personnel - £6.50 (please show military ID card)

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Venue Name
Longdown Activity Farm
Address
Longdown, Southampton, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 8029 2356
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Lymington Sea Water Baths

Bath Road, Lymington, SO41 3SE Lymington
Visitor Attraction
01590 678882 01590 678882

Set within the popular Georgian market town of Lymington you will find the oldest open air sea water baths in the UK....

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Lymington Sea Water Baths

Bath Road, Lymington, SO41 3SE Lymington
Visitor Attraction
01590 678882 01590 678882

Set within the popular Georgian market town of Lymington you will find the oldest open air sea water baths in the UK.

Dating back to 1833 the baths have historically gained national interest for their health giving waters and natural mud minerals. Today, young and old still swim in the waters and enjoy the stunning location with views over to the Isle of Wight.

With growing interest in preserving these historical sites for future generations the Baths have gained Grade 2 listed status in 2012. Now under new management the site is set to increase its range of activities focusing on enriching the experience for the local community and tourists alike.

The 2015 season promises to be an exciting one! As well as kayaks, paddle boards, and water rollers we are installing the South Coast’s biggest inflatable obstacle course (see image).

We can accommodate private parties and groups up to 400 people so if you are planning a private party, corporate day or charity event please get in touch with us so we can try to help!

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Venue Name
Lymington Sea Water Baths
Address
Bath Road, Lymington, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
01590 678882
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Marwell Zoo

Colden Common, Winchester, SO21 1JH Winchester
Zoo
019 6277 7407 019 6277 7407

As one of Hampshire's top attractions, Marwell Zoo is a chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world – and...

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Marwell Zoo

Colden Common, Winchester, SO21 1JH Winchester
Zoo
019 6277 7407 019 6277 7407

As one of Hampshire's top attractions, Marwell Zoo is a chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world – and play a big part in helping to save them.

From ring-tailed lemurs and gentle giraffes to Amur tigers and snow leopards – our 140-acre park is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species. Also, a host of new arrivals are in residence at any time – In recent years we have had Amur tiger triplets, Amur leopard cubs and a pygmy hippo calf!

Spend time with Marwell Zoo’s playful primates in their ‘Lemur Walkthrough’, newly opened in summer 2017! Visitors can explore the environment of these enticing animals in a new, themed exhibit focusing on the evolution of lemurs. With a beautiful landscaped environment, both indoors and out, the new lemur home promises an immersive experience for guests. What’s more, the zoo’s knowledgeable staff will be on hand to help guests learn all about these wonderful animals.

Marwell’s Tropical House is planned to open for Easter 2018. The £7.8million exhibit will span two levels offering fantastic vantage points across a lush, tropical canopy, home to dozens of species. Powered by Marwell’s animal waste, this exhibit will significantly reduce their carbon footprint.

Contact details

Venue Name
Marwell Zoo
Address
Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
019 6277 7407
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Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

The Railway Station, Winchester, SO24 9JG Winchester
Visitor Attraction
01962 733810 01962 733810

Let the train take the strain as you sit back, relax and travel through the heart of the English countryside. Whether...

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Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

The Railway Station, Winchester, SO24 9JG Winchester
Visitor Attraction
01962 733810 01962 733810

Let the train take the strain as you sit back, relax and travel through the heart of the English countryside. Whether you are taking a trip down memory lane or creating new ones, it’s the perfect way to unwind and experience the nostalgic sights, sounds and smells of steam travel from a bygone age.

We are open every weekend from mid-February to the end of October, daily during school holidays and midweek from May until September. 

The Mid Hants Railway was saved from closure in the 1970s and the line re-opened to visitors in 1977. As a charity, our mission is to preserve part of the country’s railway heritage for generations to come, and any profit generated from your visit enables us to do so.

Did you know?

• Virtually everyone you meet during your visit is a volunteer; from station staff and guards, to signalmen and loco crews.

• We have four period stations along a ten mile route between Alresford and Alton

• Your ticket gives you all day unlimited travel so you can hop on and off as you wish, exploring both the stations and surrounding area

• We welcome group visits and offer special tours and discounts rates for 15+

• One free adult carer per full fare paying disable child or adult

• Dogs and bicycles travel free

• Check out our events we have throughout the year


Contact details

Venue Name
Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'
Address
The Railway Station, Winchester, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
01962 733810
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Moors Valley Country Park

Horton Road, Ringwood, BH24 2ET Ringwood
Visitor Attraction
01590 612377 01590 612377
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Moors Valley Country Park

Horton Road, Ringwood, BH24 2ET Ringwood
Visitor Attraction
01590 612377 01590 612377

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Venue Name
Moors Valley Country Park
Address
Horton Road, Ringwood, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
01590 612377
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Museum of Army Flying

Middle Wallop, Winchester, SO20 8DY Winchester
Visitor Attraction
01264 784421 01264 784421

The Museum of Army Flying is home to a unique aviation collection, one of both national and international importance....

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Museum of Army Flying

Middle Wallop, Winchester, SO20 8DY Winchester
Visitor Attraction
01264 784421 01264 784421

The Museum of Army Flying is home to a unique aviation collection, one of both national and international importance. On display we have over 35 historic fixed and rotary wing aircraft spanning more than 100 years of flight in the British Army. Along with detailed dioramas, artefacts, trophies and models, these serve as a profound and inspiring tributes, helping to tell the story of the “soldiers of the air”.

The Museum gives a fascinating and imaginative glimpse of the men and women who have allowed the Army to be airborne, their machines, their achievements, lives and history.

Along with its magnificent collection the Museum also has:

  • Simulators
  • 1940s House
  • Rifle Ranges
  • Children’s Centre
  • Gift Shop
  • Cinema
  • Licensed café with airfield views
  • Picnic Area
  • Free entry and meal voucher for coach drivers
  • Disabled Access and Facilities
  • Free Parking
  • Lifts
  • Wheelchair provision (carers for wheelchair users go free)
  • Induction loops for those with limited hearing
  • Outdoor play park

Visit us and make it a day all the family will remember and enjoy!

Contact details

Venue Name
Museum of Army Flying
Address
Middle Wallop, Winchester, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
01264 784421
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National Museum of the Royal Navy

HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Museum
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth brings history to life. It showcases treasures from the past 350...

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National Museum of the Royal Navy

HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Museum
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth brings history to life. It showcases treasures from the past 350 years and examines the common threads which link the sailor of England’s ‘Wooden Walls’ to the professional crews of today.

The Royal Navy has helped to shape the world. It made Britain a dominant sea power, protected its trade in troubled times and defended Britain from invasion or carried the attack overseas. The Royal Navy has touched the lives of millions of people worldwide, affected servicemen and women and the families of those who built, serviced and supplied its ships and influenced the lives of communities overseas.

The museum’s major gallery Hear My Story opened in 2014 and tells the undiscovered stories from the ordinary men and women of the ships which have shaped the Navy’s amazing history over the last 100 years, the century of greatest change. Hear My Story brings you closer than ever before to the real Royal Navy; cutting edge interpretation lets you see and hear the stories of the Navy in war and during peacetime.

The Sailing Gallery shows the realities of fighting at sea in the age of sail, the Nelson Gallery examines Nelson’s colourful, crowded and short life and the Sir Donald Gosling Victory Gallery explores the history of Britain’s most famous warship from the laying of her keel to her significant battles. Visitors can walk through the multi-media show the ‘Trafalgar Experience’, meeting Nelson and his great foe Napoleon, feeling the blast on the main gun deck during the Battle.

Contact details

Venue Name
National Museum of the Royal Navy
Address
HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 9283 9766
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New Forest Reptile Centre

New Forest Reptile Centre, Lyndhurst, SO43 7GR Lyndhurst
Visitor Attraction
023 8028 3141 023 8028 3141

The New Forest Reptile Centre is a unique place to visit to see close-up all the snakes and lizards found in Britain....

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New Forest Reptile Centre

New Forest Reptile Centre, Lyndhurst, SO43 7GR Lyndhurst
Visitor Attraction
023 8028 3141 023 8028 3141

The New Forest Reptile Centre is a unique place to visit to see close-up all the snakes and lizards found in Britain. Specially created outdoor pens provide a natural home to the rare Sand lizard, Smooth snake and the poisonous adder, which can be diffuclt to see in the wild as they are so secretive or rare.

Many of the reptiles are most likely to be out and visible on warm days. If you wish to visit on a rainy or cold day you may need to be quite patient in order to see the animals.

The New Forest Reptile Centre actively encourages the conservation and re-introduction of these animals across the country.

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Venue Name
New Forest Reptile Centre
Address
New Forest Reptile Centre, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 8028 3141
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New Forest Wildlife Park

Deerleap Lane, Southampton, SO40 4UH Southampton
Visitor Attraction
023 8029 2408 023 8029 2408

Enjoy the amazing animals at this beautiful park, in the leafy New Forest, with its fabulous adventure playgrounds....

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New Forest Wildlife Park

Deerleap Lane, Southampton, SO40 4UH Southampton
Visitor Attraction
023 8029 2408 023 8029 2408

Enjoy the amazing animals at this beautiful park, in the leafy New Forest, with its fabulous adventure playgrounds. Follow the woodland trails to see wallaby, European bison, wolves, wild boar, Scottish wildcats, lynx, foxes, pine marten, polecats, owls and ferrets. Meet the friendly deer and say hi to the playful otters, including the endangered giant otter. Feeding sessions, keeper talks and special events year round.

Contact details

Venue Name
New Forest Wildlife Park
Address
Deerleap Lane, Southampton, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 8029 2408
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Nuffield Southampton Theatres

University Road, Southampton, SO17 1TR Southampton
Theatre
023 8067 1771 023 8067 1771

Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) is one of the UK’s leading professional theatre companies creating fresh, vital...

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Nuffield Southampton Theatres

University Road, Southampton, SO17 1TR Southampton
Theatre
023 8067 1771 023 8067 1771

Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) is one of the UK’s leading professional theatre companies creating fresh, vital experiences through theatre. NST has developed a profile and reputation for innovation and quality delivering work on a national and international scale, whilst acting as a major cultural force for good in the city of Southampton.

In February 2018, NST will open Southampton's new city centre performing arts venue, NST City, with the world premiere of Howard Brenton's The Shadow Factory. This new venue will include a flexible 450 seat main house theatre, a 133 seat studio, screening facilities, rehearsal and workshop spaces. NST will run the new city centre venue alongside its existing theatre, NST Campus, on the University of Southampton’s Highfield Campus.

Laboratory is the creative development programme for new work and new talent; through which NST collaborate with artists at all stages in their careers to experiment with new ideas. All of NST’s produced work is developed alongside Laboratory, which also provides a programme of talent development opportunities such as creative residencies, scratch nights, networking opportunities and skills development workshops.

NST Connect aims to enrich the experience of NST and its work for all, through a vibrant programme of engagement. NST Connect reaches over 17,000 people through a programme of creative activities, Youth Theatre and Drama Club, and adult workshops and outreach projects, including RSC Open Stages.

In 2015, NST was awarded Regional Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards. In 2017, NST won The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre for its brand new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, in co-production with Curve Leicester and in association with Lyric Hammersmith, at the UK Theatre Awards.

NST is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and a registered charity, receiving additional core funding from the University of Southampton and Southampton City Council.

Contact details

Venue Name
Nuffield Southampton Theatres
Address
University Road, Southampton, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 8067 1771
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Paultons Family Theme Park

Paultons Park, Romsey, Southampton, SO51 6AL Southampton
Theme Park
023 8081 4442 023 8081 4442

Paultons Family Theme Park is the theme park for families which has more than 60 wonderful rides and attractions...

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Paultons Family Theme Park

Paultons Park, Romsey, Southampton, SO51 6AL Southampton
Theme Park
023 8081 4442 023 8081 4442

Paultons Family Theme Park is the theme park for families which has more than 60 wonderful rides and attractions included in the admission price- it's perfect for days out with kids.

Paultons is also home to the world’s first and UK exclusive Peppa Pig World!

This amazing land let’s youngsters discover Peppa’s World in nearly 3 acres of fully themed fun! There are 7 fabulous rides including Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight, Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride, Grandpa’s Little Train, George’s Dinosaur Adventure and you can even ride in a ‘cloud’ around Windy Castle! Peppa Pig World features a huge indoor play area, Georges Spaceship Playzone and superb animated themed attractions including a chance to visit Peppa and her family in their house! Peppa Pig World is also home to Daddy Pig’s Big Tummy café and Peppa’s Toy Shop, the largest (and only!) dedicated Peppa Pig shop in the World!

Smaller children will also love Water Kingdom! It’s a whole world of water jets, giant tipping buckets, sprays, fountains, and super soakers for the little ones to enjoy and explore. This huge 8,500ft2 kids’ splash park paradise features more than 20 different ways of getting wet and has a seated patio area nearby so parents can relax whilst watching the fun.

There is an amazing variety of things to see and do at Paultons including; big rides, small rides, an indoor play centre, entertainments and an astonishing collection of exotic birds and animals, all set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland.

Paultons really is way too much fun for one day!

Come and meet Peppa Pig and George in Peppa Pig World! The cartoons most popular characters appear every day that the Park is open for photograph opportunities with their loving fans on the veranda in front of the school house. 

Be sure to check out www.paultonspark.co.uk/attractions/events-and-shows for other daily fun packed events at the park!

Contact details

Venue Name
Paultons Family Theme Park
Address
Paultons Park, Romsey, Southampton, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 8081 4442
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Portsmouth City Museum

Museum Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2LJ Portsmouth
Museum
023 9282 6722 023 9282 6722

The City Museum explores different aspects of Portsmouth's rich and varied history. The birthplace of novelist...

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Portsmouth City Museum

Museum Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2LJ Portsmouth
Museum
023 9282 6722 023 9282 6722

The City Museum explores different aspects of Portsmouth's rich and varied history. The birthplace of novelist Charles Dickens and fictional detective Sherlock Holmes (conceived of here in Portsmouth by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) each have been featured in exhibits within the museum. 

A smartphone app, Magnifying Sherlock, is currently available for visitors to download and use as they explore the museum grounds, following the trail of the most infamous detective in British literature. Narrated by Stephen Fry, Magnifying Sherlock is aimed more at families, a guided tour of the A Study in Sherlock exhibition is also available. 

Featuring mainly short-term exhibitions, visitors can expect a range of exciting displays, artwork and artefacts. 

The Dickens Quilts exhibition is on show until October 2013. Consisting of twelve individual quilts created by the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles in the Portsmouth Area, each celebrates a different aspect of Charles Dickens and what he means to the creators. 

No Place Like Pompey is a more permanent exhibition, focusing on the idea of what makes Portsmouth unique. This exhibition looks at the city's geography, its past and its people, in the UK's only island city. Ringed by forts on both land and sea, its history had been shaped by its relationship with the Royal Navy and Dockyard. This fascinating exhibit takes a broad view over what has shaped and changed Portsmouth as a city. 

Portsmouth at Play and Living in Portsmouth are exhibits showing the story of Portsmouth, from the 16th century through to modern living. 

Picture Gallery highlights the world of the Public Catalogue Foundation's work in cataloguing all of the oil paintings held in public collections in the UK. A selection of paintings from Portsmouth's collection is on display. 

With free parking (on non event days) available on site and free admission, Portsmouth City Museum provides insight into the history of Portsmouth and its people at rates affordable for all.

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Venue Name
Portsmouth City Museum
Address
Museum Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 9282 6722
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Portsmouth Harbour Tours

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

Portsmouth is still the home of the modern Royal Navy and taking the Harbour Tour offers unrivalled views of Britain’...

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Portsmouth Harbour Tours

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

Portsmouth is still the home of the modern Royal Navy and taking the Harbour Tour offers unrivalled views of Britain’s modern frigates, destroyers and helicopter carriers, as well as historic buildings and the dramatic skyline.

The history of the British Navy at Portsmouth dates back 1,200 years to its earliest days under King Alfred the Great in the 860s. This wide natural inlet in the coastline is a flooded river valley protected by a deep narrow entrance on two sides of the dockyard, here and at Gosport, which makes an ideal natural harbour.

On the 45 minute Harbour Tour you will see many of the fortifications that were built to protect Portsmouth over the centuries, in particular the Round Tower at the harbour entrance and the Solent forts which formed the centre of a string of fortifications along the coast during the Napoleonic Wars.

Please note that Harbour Tours may not operate every day during the winter months. Navy ships in port will vary daily.

Contact details

Venue Name
Portsmouth Harbour Tours
Address
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 9283 9766
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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Victory Gate,, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

Situated within a working Naval Base, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to a collection of fantastic attractions-...

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Victory Gate,, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

Situated within a working Naval Base, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to a collection of fantastic attractions- there's so much to see and do! Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the only place in the world to see the Royal Navy past, present and future and is a must see for anyone visiting the South of England.

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Venue Name
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Address
Victory Gate,, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 9283 9766
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Ringwood Brewery

138 Christchurch Road, Ringwood, BH24 3AP Ringwood
Brewery
014 2547 0303 014 2547 0303

Ringwood Brewery was founded by Peter Austin in 1978, a man who is revered as "the father of British Micro-brewing".

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Ringwood Brewery

138 Christchurch Road, Ringwood, BH24 3AP Ringwood
Brewery
014 2547 0303 014 2547 0303

Ringwood Brewery was founded by Peter Austin in 1978, a man who is revered as "the father of British Micro-brewing".

Ringwood Brewery's first brewhouse was in a former bakery in the old station yard brewing Best Bitter and Fortyniner for a handful of local customers. 1979 saw the production of Old Thumper, which has since become the flagship brew.

In 1986, having outgrown the Minty's yard premises, the brewery moved to its present site, ironically the location of the old Tunks' Brewery which ceased trading in 1821.

Today the brewery is able to produce circa 40,000 barrels of its renowned and distinctive beers. In addition to Best, Fortyniner, and Old Thumper, we now brew the blonde Boondoggle and the deliciously warming XXXX Porter.

Ringwood Brewery also boasts its own Brewery Store on site selling a full range of its beers as well as a wines, cider and souvenir merchandise. These goods including our bottled beers are available from our online shop. The Store welcomes thousands of visitors each year. The company's commitment to continuous improvement by investing in plant and equipment and training and development of staff has been recognised by a number of local and national business awards.

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Venue Name
Ringwood Brewery
Address
138 Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
014 2547 0303
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Royal Armouries Fort Nelson

Portsdown Hill Road Porchester, Portsmouth, PO17 6AN Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
01329 233 734 01329 233 734

This imposing Victorian fort is home to the Royal Armouries national collection of artillery – The Big Guns. Fort...

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Royal Armouries Fort Nelson

Portsdown Hill Road Porchester, Portsmouth, PO17 6AN Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
01329 233 734 01329 233 734

This imposing Victorian fort is home to the Royal Armouries national collection of artillery – The Big Guns. Fort Nelson is one of the few places where you can experience live black-powder firings of historic artillery pieces daily at 1pm. 

Strategically positioned atop Portsdown Hill, with panoramic views across the Meon Valley and Portsmouth Harbour, Fort Nelson is a historic monument, restored to how it would have been in the 1890s. Visitors can access most areas of the fortifications and see how the Fort would have operated.

Although a cliché, the phrase ‘must see’ truly applies to Fort Nelson’s astonishing collection of different artillery and guns from different time periods. Over 700 items of artillery from many countries and spanning 600 years are brought to life whilst sensitively telling the unique stories behind them.  

Weighing the same as 17 double-decker buses, an object of great interest is the huge 18 inch, 200 tonne Railway Howitzer. Designed and built by the Elswick Ordnance company of Newcastle, in 1918, as part of a trend to build bigger calibre guns with more destructive shells, it is the world’s largest surviving military gun.

Visit Fort Nelson and experience the exhilarating bang of gun firing. Discover more about the amazing collection, explore the eerie tunnels,  and uncover the story of Fort Nelson, its intriguing shape and history. 

Contact details

Venue Name
Royal Armouries Fort Nelson
Address
Portsdown Hill Road Porchester, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
01329 233 734
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Royal Marines Museum

Eastney Esplanade, Portsmouth, PO4 9PX Portsmouth
Museum
023 9281 9385 023 9281 9385

The National Museum of the Royal Navy has announced that the closure of the main galleries of the Royal Marines...

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Royal Marines Museum

Eastney Esplanade, Portsmouth, PO4 9PX Portsmouth
Museum
023 9281 9385 023 9281 9385

The National Museum of the Royal Navy has announced that the closure of the main galleries of the Royal Marines Museum will take place on April 1st. 

As a result, the public galleries of the museum at Eastney will close. The museum will remain open for its corporate (conferences and weddings) and curatorial functions and its associated organisations * will continue to operate from the museum. The sea front car park and the Royal Marines Memorial Gardens will remain open to the public.

The new Royal Marines Museum will open in 2020 and be a state of the art museum containing the very latest in technology and hands-on activity. It will occupy the present Action Stations building, one of the original Victorian Boathouses, close to the Victory Gate visitor entrance. The main part of the building, including the historic Mast Pond in front, will be completely refurbished to provide a new museum.

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Venue Name
Royal Marines Museum
Address
Eastney Esplanade, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 9281 9385
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Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport, Portsmouth, PO12 2AS Portsmouth
Museum
023 9251 0354 023 9251 0354

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum at Gosport is a museum tracing the international history of submarine development...

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Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport, Portsmouth, PO12 2AS Portsmouth
Museum
023 9251 0354 023 9251 0354

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum at Gosport is a museum tracing the international history of submarine development from the age of Alexander the Great to the present day, and particularly the history of the Submarine Service from the tiny Holland 1 to the nuclear powered Vanguard class submarine.

Contact details

Venue Name
Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Address
Haslar Jetty Road, Gosport, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 9251 0354
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Salisbury Cathedral

6 The Close, 0, SP1 2EF 0
Visitor Attraction
01722 555105 01722 555105

Salisbury Cathedral is a truly remarkable building, a testimony to the faith and practical skills of the medieval...

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Salisbury Cathedral

6 The Close, 0, SP1 2EF 0
Visitor Attraction
01722 555105 01722 555105

Salisbury Cathedral is a truly remarkable building, a testimony to the faith and practical skills of the medieval craftsmen who built it but it is much more than a historical monument. It is a living church and a place of prayer. As the Cathedral Church of the Salisbury diocese it is Mother Church of several hundred parishes in Wiltshire and Dorset. It is also a centre of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

For over 750 years pilgrims have come to Salisbury to seek inspiration in the peace of the building and surrounding Cathedral Close. Whether you come to worship, marvel at or climb up to Britain's tallest spire, to be awed by the beauty and scale of the cathedral interior or to study the original Magna Carta in our Chapter House, there is a wide range of beautiful and historic features to take in.

Take a guided tour of England's finest Cathedral. Set within 8 acres of lawn, visitors can climb up to the country's tallest spire or discover the best preserved original Magna Carta.

Salisbury is unique amongst medieval English cathedrals having been built in just 38 years (1220 - 1258) in a single architectural style, early English Gothic. The tower and spire (Britain's tallest) were added around 50 years later.

The building itself is much more than a historical monument. It is a living church and a place of prayer. As the Cathedral Church of the Salisbury diocese it is Mother Church of several hundred parishes in Wiltshire and Dorset. It is also a centre of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

Contact details

Venue Name
Salisbury Cathedral
Address
6 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
01722 555105
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Salisbury Punting Tours

Harnham Road, 0, SP2 8JQ 0
Visitor Attraction
7538000597 7538000597

Enjoy a unique experience on the only Punt of the River Avon.
Escape the busy pavements and lie back into the...

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Salisbury Punting Tours

Harnham Road, 0, SP2 8JQ 0
Visitor Attraction
7538000597 7538000597

Enjoy a unique experience on the only Punt of the River Avon.
Escape the busy pavements and lie back into the cushions. Let yourself drift down the river and see the city as you never could on foot, it will compliment your view of the historic, cultured city of Salisbury.

Contact details

Venue Name
Salisbury Punting Tours
Address
Harnham Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
7538000597
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Salisbury Racecourse

Netherhampton, 0, SP2 8PN 0
Visitor Attraction
(01722) 326461 (01722) 326461

Horse Racing is the second highest attended sport in the country and is a
fabulous day or evening out with family and...

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Salisbury Racecourse

Netherhampton, 0, SP2 8PN 0
Visitor Attraction
(01722) 326461 (01722) 326461

Horse Racing is the second highest attended sport in the country and is a
fabulous day or evening out with family and friends. And...accompanied children aged 17 and under always get in free, so it is great value for a family outing!

Whilst we enhance various highlight racedays with live music and family entertainment, we never shift our focus from horseracing, with it being the pulse of our business. We strive to deliver quality and thrilling racing throughout the season.

We look forward to seeing you!

Contact details

Venue Name
Salisbury Racecourse
Address
Netherhampton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
(01722) 326461
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Sammy Miller Museum

Bashley Cross Roads, New Milton, BH25 5SZ New Milton
Museum
014 2562 0777 014 2562 0777

Sammy Miller is a motorcycling legend, 11 times British Champion, winner of over 1400 events and still winning...

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Sammy Miller Museum

Bashley Cross Roads, New Milton, BH25 5SZ New Milton
Museum
014 2562 0777 014 2562 0777

Sammy Miller is a motorcycling legend, 11 times British Champion, winner of over 1400 events and still winning competitions more than 50 years after his first victory. 

The Museum houses one of the finest collections of fully restored motorcycles in the world, including factory racers and exotic prototypes, with the collection constantly evolving as new bikes are acquired.

This is a living museum, with almost every motorcycle in the museum in full running order. Sammy regularly demonstrates the bikes at race circuits around the world, including events throughout Europe and as far afield as New Zealand and america.

Contact details

Venue Name
Sammy Miller Museum
Address
Bashley Cross Roads, New Milton, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
014 2562 0777
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SeaCity Museum

Havelock Road, Southampton, SO14 7FY Southampton
Museum
023 8083 4536 023 8083 4536
Built in the Grade II listed former Magistrates’ Court, SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of Southampton,...
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SeaCity Museum

Havelock Road, Southampton, SO14 7FY Southampton
Museum
023 8083 4536 023 8083 4536
Built in the Grade II listed former Magistrates’ Court, SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of Southampton, their fascinating lives and the City’s historic connection with the sea. Discover maritime history brought to life through interactive experiences designed for all ages.

There is also a café and shop, which can be enjoyed by visitors without needing to pay for admission to the museum proper. The café is conveniently located on the ground floor.

Permanent Exhibitions at SeaCity Museum

Southampton’s Titanic Story

The main area of SeaCity Museum tells the story of the impact on Southampton of the sinking in 1912 of the White Star liner Titanic. Through a fascinating 1:25 scale, interactive model of the ship, visitorsof all ages are given an insight into the lives of the crew aboard the Titanic, many of whom were Southampton residents.

Gateway to the World

Using the city’s unique historic collections this permanent display recounts the stories of people who have departed from or arrived in the port of Southampton over the last 200,000 years, from the earliest settlers to the stories of people living in the city today.

Temporary special exhibitions

The Pavilion at SeaCity Museum is home to a rolling programme of special exhibitions so there is something new to see when you visit. See our website for more information.

Opening Hours

SeaCity Museum is open 7 days a week, 10am – 5pm including Bank Holidays.

We suggest that you allow between two and three hours to explore SeaCity Museum. We close at 5pm, so it’s best to arrive before 3pm so you can enjoy the full experience at your leisure. Unfortunately there will be no entry after 4pm.

Contact details

Venue Name
SeaCity Museum
Address
Havelock Road, Southampton, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 8083 4536
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Southampton City Art Gallery

Commercial Road, Southampton, SO14 7LP Southampton
Art Gallery
02380 833007 02380 833007

The gallery opened in April 1939 in Southampton’s Civic Centre, the art gallery attracts art-lovers, curious amateurs...

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Southampton City Art Gallery

Commercial Road, Southampton, SO14 7LP Southampton
Art Gallery
02380 833007 02380 833007

The gallery opened in April 1939 in Southampton’s Civic Centre, the art gallery attracts art-lovers, curious amateurs as well as those who simply enjoy the atmosphere of a gallery. Southampton City Art Gallery offers the opportunity to enjoy high quality exhibitions ranging from painting, sculpture and drawing, to photography and film, as well as permanent collection and displays that change regularly to ensuring new experiences with each visit.

Southampton City Art Gallery is internationally renowned for its permanent collection which features around 3,700 works. These span eight centuries and tell the story of western art from the Renaissance to the present day. The core of the collection is twentieth century and contemporary British art. Strong clusters within this include Post-Impressionism (notably the Camden Town Group), Surrealism, St Ives and progressive contemporary art from the mid-1970s.

Free to enter and conveniently located right next to SeaCity Museum, the venue caters for families. You can enjoy gallery trails through the exhibitions, monthly art clubs and a fantastic range of activities for all ages.

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 10am-3pm, Saturdays: 10am - 5pm, Sundays: Closed

Contact details

Venue Name
Southampton City Art Gallery
Address
Commercial Road, Southampton, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
02380 833007
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Southampton Common

The Avenue , Southampton, SO15 7NN Southampton
Park
023 8067 1921 023 8067 1921

The Common is a much loved and well used green space and is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is unique...

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Southampton Common

The Avenue , Southampton, SO15 7NN Southampton
Park
023 8067 1921 023 8067 1921

The Common is a much loved and well used green space and is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is unique and requires specialist management to ensure that its status and biodiversity is maintained.

It's Green Flag status also covers the Old Cemetery and the Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery (FoSOC) hold many walks, talks and tasks where visitors can find out more about this historical site.

One of the UK's most important wildlife sites, and internationally listed as a site of excellence.

During the summer months, a paddling pool is open, free of charge, between 10am - 6pm (subject to weather conditions).

Contact details

Venue Name
Southampton Common
Address
The Avenue , Southampton, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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Southampton Water Activities Centre

Floating Bridge Road, Southampton, SO14 3FL Southampton
Water Park
02380 915753 02380 915753

At SWAC we’re passionate about water sports…from sailing and rowing, to powerboating and stand up paddle boarding, we...

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Southampton Water Activities Centre

Floating Bridge Road, Southampton, SO14 3FL Southampton
Water Park
02380 915753 02380 915753

At SWAC we’re passionate about water sports…from sailing and rowing, to powerboating and stand up paddle boarding, we’ve got it all covered. So whether you’ve never been in a boat before and can’t tell the pointy end from the flappy bit, or if you’re a seasoned sailor looking to improve, we can guarantee that we’ve got a course, experience or package that will be perfect for you.

With over 25 years of experience in operation, a talented team of instructors, and a hugely impressive array of boats and equipment, Southampton Water Activities Centre is the perfect place to indulge your passion for life on the water. So whether you want to Discover, Explore or Excel, we’d love to help.

Contact details

Venue Name
Southampton Water Activities Centre
Address
Floating Bridge Road, Southampton, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
02380 915753
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Southsea Common

Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 3PB Portsmouth
Park
023 9282 8112 023 9282 8112

Southsea Common is a vast open space that was purchased from the War Department in 1922. The area is adjacent to the...

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Southsea Common

Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 3PB Portsmouth
Park
023 9282 8112 023 9282 8112

Southsea Common is a vast open space that was purchased from the War Department in 1922. The area is adjacent to the popular seafront promenade and beach, which is ideal for kite flying, picnics and informal ball games. Facilities also include a children's play area, beach volleyball courts, tennis, pitch and putt and a skate park.

There are many paths across the Common, including the Ladies Mile, which are flanked by attractive spring bulbs. Some of the mature trees date from 1910.

Southsea Common was awarded Warburton's Best Picnic Spot in the South East in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Contact details

Venue Name
Southsea Common
Address
Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 9282 8112
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SS Shieldhall

Berth 48 Dockgate 4, Eastern Docks, Southampton, SO14 3QP Southampton
Visitor Attraction
0844 357 2329 0844 357 2329

SSShieldhall is a heritage steamship based at Berth 48 in Southampton.

“Shieldhall” is unique as a time capsule...

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SS Shieldhall

Berth 48 Dockgate 4, Eastern Docks, Southampton, SO14 3QP Southampton
Visitor Attraction
0844 357 2329 0844 357 2329

SS Shieldhall is a heritage steamship based at Berth 48 in Southampton.

“Shieldhall” is unique as a time capsule providing a working example of steamship machinery both above and below deck, typical of the cargo and passenger ships that plied the oceans of the world from the 1870s until the mid 1960s, by which time they were all but extinct.

The ship is of special interest as she is built on the classical lines of a 1920s steamer with a traditional wheelhouse; the hull is of riveted and welded construction and this unusual feature is representative of the transitional phase in British shipbuilding when welding took over from riveted practice. The hull has a slightly raked bow and cruiser stern. The teak decks and emergency steering position aft add to the classic effect. Shieldhall was effectively obsolete mechanically at the time of her launch having steam machinery representative of the late 19th century at a time when the diesel engine was coming into its own.

Now believed to be the largest working steam ship in Northern Europe, she is owned and operated entirely by voluntary effort.

There are live music and lunch events whilst at sea, staged in a Saloon or covered awning-deck. Real ales and ice cream are available too. A commentary is offered on most trips, offering an insight into the history of the Docks, pointing out the ill-fated Titanic Berth 44, and the sights and sounds of Southampton Water. A highlight of your visit will be the chance to discover Shieldhall's Engine and Boiler Rooms under steam, and the opportunity to meet the Captain on the Bridge.  

When not cruising, Shieldhall is an ideal base for events - a popular way to celebrate birthdays and special occasions; company meetings and AGMs.

Contact details

Venue Name
SS Shieldhall
Address
Berth 48 Dockgate 4, Eastern Docks, Southampton, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
0844 357 2329
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The Concorde Club

Stoneham Lane, Southampton, SO50 9HQ Southampton
Music Venue
023 8061 3989 023 8061 3989

Set in a beautiful old schoolhouse in Eastleigh and neighbouring the Lakeside Country Park, The Concorde is a vibrant...

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The Concorde Club

Stoneham Lane, Southampton, SO50 9HQ Southampton
Music Venue
023 8061 3989 023 8061 3989

Set in a beautiful old schoolhouse in Eastleigh and neighbouring the Lakeside Country Park, The Concorde is a vibrant dining, dancing and entertainment venue with versatile indoor and outdoor event space and inviting accommodation.

Easily accessible, yet tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Southampton city centre, this unique, award-winning and family-run venue offers a warm welcome, an eclectic mix of styles and an electric atmosphere.

PARK AND CRUISE

Luxury touches at The Concorde in Eastleigh, Southampton

START YOUR HOLIDAY AT THE CONCORDE FROM £199

Whether you’re setting sail for 14 days or an epic 3-month voyage, start your holiday on a high note with a night at The Concorde. Before you depart from Southampton, you’ll enjoy an overnight stay in one of our comfortable rooms, complete with a delicious two-course dinner. In the morning, there’ll be a hearty breakfast to set you up for your onward journey, and we’ll even arrange a taxi to take you to the terminal. Your car will be secure in our car park while you’re away, and upon your return a taxi will be waiting to bring you back to The Concorde.

Our Park and Cruise packages include:

  • Overnight accommodation in a Standard Double or Twin room
  • Two course dinner on the evening prior to departure
  • Breakfast the following morning in The Fig
  • Taxi transfers to and from your terminal
  • Parking for the duration of your cruise in our hotel car park.

Prices

Our Park and Cruise packages are all based on two people sharing a Standard Double or Twin Room:

  • 15 day parking package: £199
  • 30 day parking package: £210
  • Three month parking package: £230

To book your Park and Cruise package, please call our Reservations Team on 023 8065 1478.

Contact details

Venue Name
The Concorde Club
Address
Stoneham Lane, Southampton, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 8061 3989
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The Marlands Shopping Centre

Civic Centre Road , Southampton, SO14 7SJ Southampton
Shopping Centre
02380 339164 02380 339164

With over 40 specialist boutiques, shops, restaurants and cafes, Marlands shopping centre offers a unique range of...

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The Marlands Shopping Centre

Civic Centre Road , Southampton, SO14 7SJ Southampton
Shopping Centre
02380 339164 02380 339164

With over 40 specialist boutiques, shops, restaurants and cafes, Marlands shopping centre offers a unique range of stores and services. Spread over 2 levels with direct access onto the main high street, Above Bar, it’s just a short walk from the train station, WestQuay and many of the city’s heritage attractions. There is also access to public toilets and parking available with a daily charge of £5 between 8am-6pm.

Shopping

Marlands Shopping Centre offers a great variety of shops, with stores that should appeal to most visitors. Southampton's only officially licensed Disney store can be found here, great for the kids, as is Rockbottom Toys. Those hunting for a gift may want to check out the Perfume Shop, The Market Gallery, or even the independent department store The Loft Ladder. In all, there are more than 40 shops housed in the centre, offering up a wide range of products. The best way to find out what's on offer is to simply explore - you never know what you may find.

Food & Drinks

There are a number of refreshment offerings found in the centre too. It's a great place to stop and grab a cup of coffee or a bit to eat. Visitors will find the likes of BB's Coffee & Muffins, Shakeaway, and ChariTeas awaiting. There's even Fredericks Chocolate, which is a miniature paradise for those with a sweet tooth.

Opening Times:

  • Monday - Wednesday 9am - 5.30pm
  • Thursday 9am - 7pm
  • Friday 9am - 5.30pm
  • Saturday 9am - 6pm
  • Sunday 11am - 5pm

Contact details

Venue Name
The Marlands Shopping Centre
Address
Civic Centre Road , Southampton, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
02380 339164
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The Mary Rose

Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

Step back in time and explore Henry VIII’s favourite warship – raised from the depths of the Solent and painstakingly...

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The Mary Rose

Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ Portsmouth
Visitor Attraction
023 9283 9766 023 9283 9766

Step back in time and explore Henry VIII’s favourite warship – raised from the depths of the Solent and painstakingly conserved for future generations. The story of the Mary Rose is one of the most fascinating in naval history. A tale of battles fought against the French for over 30 years before sinking off the coast of Portsmouth in 1545. It’s an account of her being raised from the seabed more than 470 years later and of her meticulous conservation.

The ship captured the world’s imagination when she was raised from the Solent in 1982. Her dramatic story is now revealed in full inside the purpose-built, award-winning £27million museum, which opened its doors to visitors in May 2013.

The new-look Mary Rose Museum gives you the best views of Henry VIII’s warship ever!

With the ship in its final stage of conservation, the ducting and the hotbox walls have been removed, allowing you to see the Mary Rose without obstruction.

As well as the ship, there are many of the 19,000 artefacts recovered from the seabed, which help tell the story of the men who lived, worked and died on board the Mary Rose. There are many thousands on display, including personal belongings such as wooden bowls, leather shoes, musical instruments and nit combs, and many of the ship’s weapons, from longbows to two-tonne guns.

Once inside the museum, it takes between 90 to 120 minutes to go round, but you can take as long as you like. Please be aware that during school holidays we will be very busy, so expect some queues.

Contact details

Venue Name
The Mary Rose
Address
Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 9283 9766
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The New Forest Centre

The New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY Lyndhurst
Museum
023 8028 3444 023 8028 3444

The New Forest Centre is packed full of displays and activities about the New Forest National Park. There's something...

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The New Forest Centre

The New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY Lyndhurst
Museum
023 8028 3444 023 8028 3444

The New Forest Centre is packed full of displays and activities about the New Forest National Park. There's something here for all ages and you'll find out more about how to enjoy your time in the Forest. 

The New Forest Centre comprises of:

The New Forest Museum which is packed full of displays and activities about the New Forest National Park. There's something here for all ages and you’ll find out more about how to enjoy your time in the Forest

The New Forest Gallery with an exciting programme of changing exhibitions and displays throughout the year

The Centre Gift Shop where you are sure to find something to suit your taste and pocket whether you are looking for a memento of your time in the Forest or a special gift for family or friends

The Christopher Tower Reference Library where you can develop your interest in the New Forest

The New Forest Centre is the ideal place to start any visit to the New Forest National Park.

Contact details

Venue Name
The New Forest Centre
Address
The New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 8028 3444
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The New Forest National Park

Lymington Town Hall, Lymington, SO41 9ZG Lymington
National Park
01590 646600 01590 646600

William the Conqueror set aside the Forest for hunting more than 900 years ago as his 'Nova Forestra' or 'New Forest'...

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The New Forest National Park

Lymington Town Hall, Lymington, SO41 9ZG Lymington
National Park
01590 646600 01590 646600

William the Conqueror set aside the Forest for hunting more than 900 years ago as his 'Nova Forestra' or 'New Forest' and centuries of grazing by deer, ponies and cattle have shaped the landscape.

William would probably still recognise much of the Forest as the same place he hunted wild deer and boar. Today it is a wonderful area to explore by walking, cycling and on horseback. Enjoy your visit and please help to keep the New Forest National Park a special place.

Contact details

Venue Name
The New Forest National Park
Address
Lymington Town Hall, Lymington, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
01590 646600
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Tudor House and Garden

Bugle Street, Old Town, Southampton, SO14 2AD Southampton
Museum
02380 834242 02380 834242

Southampton’s most important historic building, Tudor House reveals over 800 years of history in one fascinating...

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Tudor House and Garden

Bugle Street, Old Town, Southampton, SO14 2AD Southampton
Museum
02380 834242 02380 834242

Southampton’s most important historic building, Tudor House reveals over 800 years of history in one fascinating location at the heart of the Old Town. The timber-framed building facing St Michael’s Square was built in the late 15th Century, with King John’s Palace, an adjacent Norman house accessible from Tudor House Garden, dating back a further 300 years. Tudor House gives a unique and atmospheric insight into the lives and times of both its residents through the years, and of Southampton itself. It appeals to visitors of all ages and interests, who find the family-friendly activities, interactive technology and fascinating displays a winning combination.

Café

Tudor House Café overlooks the delightful Tudor Knot Garden. It serves a delicious range of refreshments all day, from fresh coffee and biscuits to tea and fabulous cakes. Most of our range is sourced locally, using the finest ingredients. The café is a perfect location for your freshly made lunchtime sandwich, snack or that sweet treat. We offer children’s sized portions and high chairs for younger visitors.

The Café roof is of particular interest, being green … literally. It has a sedum and wildflower roof, which assists insulation and is also enjoyed by the bees. You can enjoy the Tudor House Café without needing to pay for admission to the rest of the building, so give it a try for your next lunch date or business rendezvous. The downstairs Georgian Room overlooking the garden, is available for corporate hire for meetings or training sessions on weekdays (Tues-Fri). Our cafe can also cater for working lunches.

Shop

Tudor House shop is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir of your visit or a special gift for family or friends. We have a lovely range of quality Tudor and Victorian inspired gifts and books as well as lots of interesting and reasonably priced souvenirs and treats suitable for children with a little pocket money to spend. You’ll love our range of tapestry items and ‘pocket’ garden herbs and flowers. You may also be tempted by our delicious range of liqueurs and preserves, or just want to pick up one of our unique postcards so you can write and tell your family and friends what a great time you had at Tudor House.

Tickets

  • Admission:
  •  Adults - £5.00
  • Children 5 and over - £4.00
  • Children under 5 - Free
  • Family (2 adults, 3 children) - £13.75
  • Concessions: over 60s and students - £4.00

Opening Hours

  • Closed Mondays
  • Tuesday to Friday - 10am-3pm (Last entry 2.30pm) 
  • Saturday to Sunday - 10am-5pm (Last entry 4.30pm)

Contact details

Venue Name
Tudor House and Garden
Address
Bugle Street, Old Town, Southampton, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
02380 834242
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Westquay Shopping Centre and Dining Level

Above Bar, Southampton, SO15 1QE Southampton
Shopping Centre
023 8033 6828 023 8033 6828

WestQuay, located in the heart of Southampton city centre, boasts over 90 stores spread over three shopping levels.

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Westquay Shopping Centre and Dining Level

Above Bar, Southampton, SO15 1QE Southampton
Shopping Centre
023 8033 6828 023 8033 6828

WestQuay, located in the heart of Southampton city centre, boasts over 90 stores spread over three shopping levels.

With major stores including Marks & Spencer and John Lewis and leading fashion retailers such as French Connection, Coast, Dune, Zara and River Island, you can be certain to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Dining at WestQuay:

Dining at WestQuay, located on the third floor, provides the perfect place to relax and re-energise. Choose from Nando’s, the home of the famous Portuguese PERI-PERI chicken, Wagamama, Pizza Express, Café Giardino, Harry Ramsden’s and a host of other delicious food retailers. You will also find a number of cafés located within the centre, including Pret A Manger on Upper Shopping and Krispy Kreme on Lower Shopping.

Useful Services:

A range of handy services and facilities are available within WestQuay Shopping Centre. From an extensive underground parking garage with around 4,000 spaces, to shop mobility with hireable electric scooters to help you get around. Restrooms can be found on the upper parking level as well as in the dining terrace. Handy information points can be found on the Lower and Upper shopping levels, as well as cash points on every floor. WestQuay customers can now access Ikea from level 7 of the Multi-Storey Car Park.

Current Opening Hours:

Monday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm (9.00pm Dining Level)

Tuesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm (9.00pm Dining Level)

Wednesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm (9.00pm Dining Level)

Thursday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm (9.00pm Dining Level)

Friday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm (9.00pm Dining Level)

Saturday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Contact details

Venue Name
Westquay Shopping Centre and Dining Level
Address
Above Bar, Southampton, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
023 8033 6828
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Winchester Castle

Castle Avenue, Winchester, SO23 8UJ Winchester
Visitor Attraction
01962 846476 01962 846476

All that remains of the once prominent Winchester Castle today is the Great Hall. Just a 5 minute walk from the city...

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Winchester Castle

Castle Avenue, Winchester, SO23 8UJ Winchester
Visitor Attraction
01962 846476 01962 846476

All that remains of the once prominent Winchester Castle today is the Great Hall. Just a 5 minute walk from the city centre, the building is one of the finest examples of surviving 13th century architecture. The building was originally constructed by William the Conqueror in 1067, and housed important governmental offices, such as the Exchequer and the Treasurer.

Today, the Hall is in the care of Hampshire County Council and is usually open to the public. Inside, visitors will find a small museum which covers Winchester's medieval history. There are also fine examples of artwork in the building, which guests are free to examine. There's also a small garden round the back of the hall, with a number of interesting artifacts to examine. However, the real highlight of a visit to the Great Hall may have to be the Round Table.

The Round Table is taken straight from the pages of Arthurian lore, and is believed to be the very same table where King Arthur held court with his Knights.

Admission to the museum and Great Hall is complimentary, although voluntary donations are welcomed.

Contact details

Venue Name
Winchester Castle
Address
Castle Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
01962 846476
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Winchester Cathedral

The Close, Winchester, SO23 9LS Winchester
Visitor Attraction
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Explore more than 1000 years of history in Europe’s longest medieval Cathedral. Discover the beautiful illuminated...

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Winchester Cathedral

The Close, Winchester, SO23 9LS Winchester
Visitor Attraction
01962 857224 01962 857224

Explore more than 1000 years of history in Europe’s longest medieval Cathedral. Discover the beautiful illuminated Winchester Bible, 12th-century wall paintings, medieval carvings, contemporary art and the awe and wonder of this magnificent building.

A free children’s trail, written by a professional children’s writer, offers families a fun and informative look at the Cathedral and introduces them to some of the characters associated with its colourful past and present.

Cathedral Guides offer tours of the Cathedral each hour from 10am – 3pm and tours of the crypt at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm from Monday to Saturday.

A wide range of events take place throughout the year. From classical concerts, open-air theatre and themed lunches to children’s holiday activities, exhibitions and a major Christmas Market and real Ice Rink.

The Cathedral Café, with its pretty garden and open-air terrace, is the perfect place to stop for mid-morning coffee and pastry, delicious homemade lunch or Hampshire cream tea. The Cathedral Shop sells a wide range of unique gifts, souvenirs and CDs of the famous Cathedral Choir.

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Venue Name
Winchester Cathedral
Address
The Close, Winchester, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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Winchester City Museum

The Square, Winchester, SO23 9ES Winchester
Museum
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The Winchester City Museum is Hampshire's oldest museum.

The Museum tells the story of the city of Winchester, from an...

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Winchester City Museum

The Square, Winchester, SO23 9ES Winchester
Museum
01962 863064 01962 863064

The Winchester City Museum is Hampshire's oldest museum.

The Museum tells the story of the city of Winchester, from an important Roman City later principal city of King Alfred. Through galleries, discover Winchester from its origins as a prehistoric trading centre and Roman regional capital, to its pre-eminence as a principal city in the Anglo- Norman kingdom and then development and decline in the Middle Ages, through to modern times.

Winchester City Museum also includes hands-on activities and quizzes, audio guides and gift shop.

Plus - admission is free!

Contact details

Venue Name
Winchester City Museum
Address
The Square, Winchester, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
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Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Telegraph Way, Winchester, SO21 1HZ Winchester
Visitor Attraction
01962 863 791 01962 863 791

Located within the South Downs National Park, Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium (formerly known as INTECH) is...

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Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Telegraph Way, Winchester, SO21 1HZ Winchester
Visitor Attraction
01962 863 791 01962 863 791

Located within the South Downs National Park, Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium (formerly known as INTECH) is the south's leading family-friendly hands-on science centre.

Hands-on exhibition

Explore the realms of science, technology, engineering and maths through fun and interactive exhibits. Test you body's agility in the science of sport zone, understand the human digestive system at the walk-through Colon Café, create tornadoes and vortexes.

Invention Studio

A new space dedicated to ingenuity where you can design, construct, test and refine your own inventions. Take part in programming, aerodynamics and engineering challenges with the support of the Centre's Master Inventor. This area is open to the public at weekends and during school holidays.

Planetarium

The largest standalone planetarium in the UK. A programme of live and pre-recorded shows, tailored for both adults and children, take you on an immersive journey through the Solar System and beyond. Pre-recorded films offer a range of space and scienced themed adventures. The planetarium's 360° domed screen and luxury seating provide a perfect opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy an out of this world experience. 

School Holidays

During Hampshire school holidays themed live shows and demonstrations are provided at no additional cost. Look out too for special events which run throughout the year. 

The Hub Café 

The Hub Café offers a wide range of hot and cold snacks, meals and drinks. For evening events a licensed bar is available. 

Picnic and Play

Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics. Indoor and outdoor picnic areas are available for use. An outdoor play area and views/access across the South Downs makes the Centre an ideal all-weather attraction.

Accessibility

The Centre is fully accessible and includes a wide range of amenities to ensure that as many guests as possible can enjoy its facilities. 

Contact details

Venue Name
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
Address
Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, England, , United Kingdom
Telephone
01962 863 791
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