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Book a Hampshire hotel to experience the scenery that inspired the creative minds of national treasures Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Explore the great maritime history of Portsmouth or follow in the footsteps of Alfred the Great's footsteps in Winchester. Hampshire is a largely rural county, which has for centuries relied on agriculture and raw materials to build up the local economy. If you want a bit of variety, however, book a Best Western hotel in Hampshire near Portsmouth or Southampton, two of the most important port cities in England.

Town and city breaks in Hampshire

Dotted throughout the South Downs are numerous quaint towns and villages. Some of the larger towns worth visiting include Basingstoke, a great shopping destination; Waterlooville, named after a small group of soldiers who decided to celebrate their victory over Napoleon in the town centre; Aldershot, an important army town; Fleet and Fareham.
The county town of Hampshire is the lovely Winchester, the former capital city of England that dates back to Roman times. Best Western hotels in Hampshire are ideally placed for a quick day trip into the magical administrative centre. The city is steeped in history and there is plenty to do and see. Anyone interested in religious buildings when booking a Hampshire hotel, should certainly visit Winchester Cathedral, one of the most famous in the country. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe and attracts a number of visitors due to its impressive array of tombs (Jane Austen, numerous kings and queens and many more), as well as featuring in several works of fiction including Anthony Trollope's the 'Chronicles of Barsetshire,' and used in the 2005 feature film 'The Da Vinci Code.'
Winchester has for years hosted several popular festivals and fetes. If you're a fan of local culture and socialising, book a Hampshire hotel in early July to come and enjoy the famous 'Hat Festival', a famous celebration of the arts and UK's longest running festival of street theatre, comedy and music. The city is also home to one of the UK's largest and most successful farmers' markets, which take place on two Sundays every month - certainly worth a visit!

Holidays in the Hampshire countryside

The county contains the beautiful, rolling hills of the South Downs, and the luscious New Forest. It is a beautiful and picturesque place shrouded in mystery, where traditional English villages nestle peacefully amid the charming, delicate countryside. Nature lovers should look to the New Forest when choosing a Best Western hotel in Hampshire, for a calming stay in a beautiful national park teaming with flora and fauna. The Forest used to be William the Conqueror's hunting ground and is still home to most of the remaining Wild Boar in England as well as a large, free-roaming herd of Red Deer, including more than 6,500 stags during busy seasons. It's also known for its ponies, which wander freely through the trees and the surrounding fields.
For history buffs, Hampshire has plenty to offer. Take the charming steam train along the 'Watercress Line,' the train that transported watercress and military personal to London during the late-1800s. Visit the oldest working silk mill in the country near Andover, which puts on temporary exhibitions and rests by a babbling brook. Milestones, a museum near Basingstoke,' puts on historical shows in which costumed actors bring the past to life.

Beach holidays in Hampshire

The county's long coastline and easy access to the sea makes it the perfect destination for a break by the beach. Book a Best Western Hampshire hotel near the south coast and visit Hayling Island for a real treat. With its white sandy beaches and glistening blue waters, staying here for beach and seaside fun has been recommended by the 'MSC's Good Beach Guide.' Barton-on-Sea, located on the far west of the Hampshire shore, is home to numerous, beautiful Cliffside walks, with breath-taking views and a bracing breeze.

Attractions in Hampshire

Stay at a Hampshire hotel close to historic homes like Beaulieu Castle with its National Motor Museum. Follow in Jane Austen's footsteps, from childhood in Alton, her final years in Chawton and resting place in Winchester Cathedral. The county is home to many orchestras, choirs and musicians. The Hampshire County Youth Orchestra is based at Thornden Hall while the County Youth Choir is based in Winchester Mind your head on Nelson's HMS Victory at Portsmouth as they were much shorter in Nelson's day! Book a hotel in Hampshire with Best Western to experience first hand the place that nurtured and influenced such talent and creativity.

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Attractions in Hampshire:

The Exbury Gardens steam railway, Exbury Gardens. Courtesy of Exbury Gardens
Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Opening times:
Daily 10am-5pm Mar - Nov 2013 (annual)

Westgate Museum

Opening times:
Feb-Mar: Tue-Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 12pm-4pm
Apr-Oct: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm Feb - Mar 2013; not Mon (various dates)

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Opening times:
Please check website for timetable as dates and times vary substantially throughout the year Mar - Dec 2011 (annual)

Mompesson House, Salisbury. Courtesy of Salisbury District Council
Mompesson House

Opening times:
Sat-Wed 11am-5pm Mar - Oct 2013; not Thu or Fri (annual)

The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum, Salisbury. Courtesy of The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum
The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum

Opening times:
Feb & Nov: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
Mar-Oct: daily 10am-5pm Feb 2013; not Mon or Sun (various dates)

What's on in Hampshire:

Artists' Market

Dates Open:
20/06/2015 to 20/06/2015
05/09/2015 to 05/09/2015
02/05/2015 to 02/05/2015
04/07/2015 to 04/07/2015
01/08/2015 to 01/08/2015
17/01/2015 to 17/01/2015
18/07/2015 to 18/07/2015
15/08/2015 to 15/08/2015
20/12/2014 to 20/12/2014
18/04/2015 to 18/04/2015
06/12/2014 to 06/12/2014
21/02/2015 to 21/02/2015
03/01/2015 to 03/01/2015
16/05/2015 to 16/05/2015
03/10/2015 to 03/10/2015
15/11/2014 to 15/11/2014
21/03/2015 to 21/03/2015
07/03/2015 to 07/03/2015
04/04/2015 to 04/04/2015
06/06/2015 to 06/06/2015
07/02/2015 to 07/02/2015
19/09/2015 to 19/09/2015
01/11/2014 to 01/11/2014

Fireworks. Photo by Claudia Fogg
Fireworks Spectacular at Beaulieu

Dates Open:
29/10/2014 to 29/10/2014

Winchester Round Table Bonfire & Fireworks Display

Dates Open:
05/11/2014 to 05/11/2014

The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum, Salisbury. Courtesy of The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum
The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum

Dates Open:
01/04/2014 to 31/10/2014
01/04/2015 to 31/10/2015
01/11/2014 to 30/11/2014
01/02/2015 to 28/02/2015

Fireworks. Photo by Barbara Realini, © Whatsonwhen
Bournemouth Firework Display

Dates Open:
05/11/2014 to 05/11/2014

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