Hampshire is located southwest of London and faces the English Channel. The county town is Winchester. Hampshire's coastline is called "The Solent" is a straight off the English Channel that runs between the Hampshire coast and the Isle of Wight. The major towns in the area are Winchester, Southampton and Portsmouth. The medieval town of Winchester was originally the capital of the Saxon Kings of Wessex in the 7th century and then 2 centuries later it became the Capital of all England. Southampton is a modern port city with lots of art galleries and museums. Portsmouth is home to the Royal Navy's oldest dockyard where you can find numerous museums and historic warships. Within Hampshire is "The New Forest" a national park that was established by William the Conqueror in 1079 to be used primarily to hunt deer. Today the park covers 145 square miles of which 49% is open forests. Within the park are the "Rights of Common of Pasture" which grant a permit to the farmers in the area who are allowed to let their ponies and cattle roam and graze in the park.

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Langrish House
Hotel Sleeps 26
Rates 119 - 188 GBP
Weeke End Annexe
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Rates 100 - 240 GBP

Hampshire Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in England

The Vyne is a 16th-century country house, built for King Henry VII's Lord Chamberlain. It is located Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England. The Winchester City Mill was originally built in 1086, was rebuilt in 1744 and stayed in use until the 1900s. Enjoy an opera in the gardens of the "West Green House" and watch the sunset over the landscape. Located at Thackham’s Lane, near Hartley Wintney, Hook, Hampshire