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    • Winchester Cathedral

    Winchester Cathedral

    • The Round Table in the Great Hall, Winchester

    The Round Table in the Great Hall, Winchester

    • Ponies at Swan Green, New Forest

    Ponies at Swan Green, New Forest

    • HMS Victory, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

    HMS Victory, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

    • Fishing along the River Test, Test Valley

    Fishing along the River Test, Test Valley

    • Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton

    Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton

    • Snow Leopard at Marwell Zoo, near Winchester

    Snow Leopard at Marwell Zoo, near Winchester

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Southampton is the perfect base for a short break in Hampshire. With excellent transport links, the city is ideally located for exploring the surrounding area including Winchester, the New Forest and the Isle of Wight. Whether you are here for a brief stop or a longer break, there are lots of great ideas for a day out nearby:
  • Discover the New Forest National Park with top attractions including Paultons Theme Park and Peppa Pig World, Buckler’s Hard and Beaulieu National Motor Museum. Explore the beauty of the ancient New Forest with its miles of bridleways and footpaths, perfect for a walk or cycle
  • Visit historic Winchester, home to King Arthur’s Round Table, the Great Hall and Winchester Cathedral. Browse the fine array of independent shops, indulge in some cafe culture or head to one of the city’s fascinating military museums.
  • Get back to nature at Marwell Zoo, near Winchester. With over 170 exotic species and specialist animal talks, the 140 acre park makes a great day out. 
  • Step back in time at naval Portsmouth, home of the 170 metre tall Spinnaker Tower. Experience the wonder of the new Mary Rose Museum and HMS Victory, all part of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
  • Enjoy the scenic countryside of the Test Valley, famed for its fly fishing. Visit the market towns of Romsey and Stockbridge for foodie delights and specialist shops.
  • Learn about Hampshire’s greatest literary heroine Jane Austen, with a visit to her house in Chawton, East Hampshire, now an excellent museum.
  • Hop on a ferry from Southampton and discover the Isle of Wight. Enjoy the stunning scenery and friendly atmosphere of the island.
For more ideas of days out near Southampton see www.visit-hampshire.co.uk 
 

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