- By Steven Hays
- Published 07/4/2012
From peaceful and romantic abbeys to spectacular coastal fortresses, a day out in the county of Hampshire offers something for everyone. From kids to adults, Hampshire has something to offer for everyone. If you have come to Hampshire for a holiday with your family, you must visit the top tourist attractions in Hampshire. The more you see Hampshire, the more you will want to discover and explore.
The best thing about Hampshire is that it keeps you coming back for more. Discovering the coastal Portchester Castle between Southampton and Portsmouth and exploring the telling remains of the Titchfield Abbey may be one of the unforgettable experiences of your life.
Here is a list of some of the places in Hampshire that you just can’t afford to miss:
Portchester Castle: If you are looking for a fun day out with your family, you must visit one of Hampshire’s most famous tourist spots, the Portchester Castle. This historic castle is one of the best attractions in the south east region of England. If you are looking for the perfect setting for a relaxed and historic day out, this is the place for it!
This castle has played a great role for years in Solent’s defences because of its commanding location. This castle was built in the third century and still stands tall as one of the most spectacular and best preserved Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ forts. An exhibition is held in the keep that interprets the history of Portchester village and the castle.
Displays that are excavated on the site are also displayed in this exhibition. The comprehensive audio tour also explains how life was in the castle over the centuries. When you are visiting the Portchester Castle, you cannot miss out on the exhibition, the audio tour and the chance for a lovely family picnic surrounded by history.
Medieval Merchants House: This is another favourite tourist spot in Hampshire. This is within close proximity from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Looking for escape from the mundane city life? Take refuge in the “old town” of Hampshire.
John Fortin was the one to build this house in c. 1290. He was a merchant. Medieval Merchants House, both his residence as well as place of business, stands tall among the busiest streets of medieval Southampton. The later additions have been removed giving its present mid-14th-century appearance. This place is now equipped with the replica of period furnishings.
It stands close to the medieval town wall which was built for defending Southampton against the seaborne attacks. When you are visiting Medieval Merchants House, don’t forget to visit the Hurst Castle, Calshot Castle and Netley Abbey which are within reasonable travelling distance.
Titchfield Abbey: Here you will see the ruins of the 13th century Premonstratensian Abbey which was later changed into a Tudor mansion. The church was reconstructed as an expansive turreted gatehouse. You will get to learn more about the history of the monastery as well as its changeover into the mansion.
Author Bio: Steven Hayes is an experienced writer and UK traveller who enjoys sharing his experiences and tips on travel, tourism and adventure in the UK. Learn which places to visit and what the attractions in Hampshireare.