The New Forest National Park is Britain's smallest National Park. The Park covers an area of approximately 150 square miles and was once a royal hunting ground for King William I and his noblemen, in the 12th century. Not surprisingly, New Forest leisure activities are geared towards enjoying the outdoor delights of the area. The most popular activities enjoyed by locals and visitors alike are cycling, walking and horse riding.
At 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour, the elegant Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben. It commands brilliant views over all around the area and in fact you can see as far as 23 miles.
The historic dockyard in Portsmouth is a great day out and one of the best things to do in Hampshire.
You are able to go on board the fully restored HMS Victory and HMS Warrior. The base also has a number maritime museums and a hands on exhibition called Action Stations which features the modern Navy. Included in the price is a tour of the harbour by boat to see the current warships moored here.
The historic dockyard has also opened a new purpose built Mary Rose museum. Many people will remember when the Mary Rose was raised from the sea bed. The Mary Rose then spent 31 years in a special preservation unit getting sprayed, firstly with water and then with a wax chemical called Polythene Glycol for 19 years. Visitors could watch this process from a special viewing gallery.
Paultons Park is located in the village of Ower, near Romsey. The theme park has 60 rides and attractions, the latest addition to which was a Peppa Pig World based on the childrens television series. The theme park has a number of different activities suitable for families with children of all ages. There are: Birds and animals, Children's rides, Thrill rides, Family rides, gardens and a lake.
Marwell Zoo is home to over 1,200 animals of 235 different species.
Visitors can enjoy the World of Lemurs, Encounter
Village, Tropical World, Penguin World with underwater views of Humboldt Penguins
and new enclosure for Fossa. The fossa is the largest carnivore in Madagascar.
It has short, smooth, reddish-
Come face to face with poisonous frogs, cute otters, graceful rays and meet amazing puffer fish at the Blue Reef aquarium in Portsmouth. At the aquarium's heart is the giant ocean tank where an underwater tunnel offers incredible views of a recreated coral reef and shoals of brightly coloured fish.
As well as being a historic building set in The New Forest it is a fantastic motor museum. Highlights include Bond in motion, the world's largest collection of original James Bond vehicles, Ron Weasley's 'Flying' Ford Anglia from Harry Potter, and a number of cars featured on Top Gear.
Hayling Island is a small island near Portsmouth and is very popular with families. The island has over 3 miles of beach with broad areas of grass adjacent to the beach and a large sand bar protecting it. The sandbar acts as a breakwater and creates a gentle safe swimming area for young children to swim.
Hayling island also has its own family amusement park, Funland. Funland has lots of rides including roller coasters, speed flips, wild river log rides, drop rides, kidz kingdom play area, artificial ice rink and a bowling alley.
Away from the park there are 2 golf courses, a light railway, skate park and a coastal path for cycling and walking. For a small island, it packs the activities in!
Science Centre is a hands-
Navy Submarine Museum -
The museum also has Holland I that was recovered from local waters and later restored. Holland I is the first Navy Submarine and has pride of place in this museum. This submarine is much smaller and is in amazing condition considering it lay at the bottom of the sea for many years.
The Museum of Naval firepower is next door to the submarine museum and has many examples of torpedoes and other deadly weapons.
The centre can also get you off road to enjoy
a different type of adventure traveling around the forest on a Segway (looks
like a lawn mower you stand on). Standing upright you simply lean forward to
move forward and back to slow and stop -
Go Ape can also be found at: Itchen Valley Country Park
Water Cress Line -
WAVERLEY is the last sea-
Enjoy a cruise aboard BALMORAL, beautifully maintained with restored period lounges and unrivalled access to the stunning scenery of some of the most picturesque parts of the UK's coastline.
The New Forest Wildlife park covers
is set in 25 acres of ancient woodland. There are several tree-
Hawk Conservancy Trust is an amazing place to visit for
Set in 22 acres of woodland and wild flower
meadow, watch as some of the 150 species take to the skies and amaze you with
great skill and agility. You can view several birds in their bird hides and,
for a proper hands-
Nothing is more real than having a bird swoop over your head or perched on your arm.
The Milestones museum is made up of a network of streets that have been recreated according to those found in Victorian and 1930s Hampshire. Some of the buildings include a pub, railway station, iron monger, sweet shop, toy shop, terraced house etc
The Pyramids Centre is Portsmouth’s largest entertainment complex. The centre has a swimming pool / waterpark, a live arena for music gigs, comedy and sporting events, and a number of function rooms.
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