Our towns and cities

are consistently ranked among the UK's best places to live

More sunshine

than anywhere else in the UK

2 national parks

as well as stunning beaches and glorious countryside

Top performing schools

are based in Hampshire

Location, location, location


Hampshire has the perfect blend of city, coast and countryside. Occupying two National Parks – New Forest National Park, which covers an unspoilt area of 566 square kilometres to the west of Hampshire and South Downs National Park to the east of Hampshire, which encompasses 1600 square kilometres of rolling hills to bustling market towns.

Hampshire is near to London that it’s a big part of our story, but far enough away to have our own special way of life. And that can mean city living in Southampton or Portsmouth, quintessential English historic city living in Winchester, the joys of a market town, new towns such as Basingstoke, villages or rural life. Whatever you choose you are always near countryside, coastline or capital city.


Living in Hampshire


Hampshire certainly isn’t all about quaint, traditional places to live that come with big price tags: there’s a lot of new development that means more affordable opportunities in garden style communities, and quality edge of town housing schemes. Welborne is a 21st century Garden Village between the South Downs National Park and the coast; Whitehill and Bordon are being transformed from what was a garrison town to Hampshire’s Green Town, and Wellesley is a new and exciting neighbourhood for Aldershot. These are all providing quality homes, employment opportunities and education vital to support the growth of the county.

There’s a great combination of urban hustle and bustle with a slower pace of life if and when you want it, and it’s not hard to find quiet, big skies, fresh air and to simply lose yourself in the landscape.


Things to do

In Hampshire, you’ll never be short of things to do with a vast range of events and festivals across the county, and there are outdoor activity opportunities to suit everyone from adrenaline rush to serene, in what you’ll soon find is a pretty amazing climate. You can find out more about the things to do in Hampshire here.


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