Consistently ranked

as amongst the best places to live in the UK

Two national parks

and miles of coastline

Home to sporting stars

and the world-class Ageas Bowl

Transport links

to London and the rest of the world

Explore Hampshire


Hampshire has an impressive number of open spaces, magnificent country houses and stunning beaches to explore.


With a combination of three historic cities, two national parks and miles of coastline, Hampshire has it all. Very close to London* and with excellent transport links in and out of the county, it makes for the perfect location to live, work and enjoy.

The cities of Portsmouth and Southampton have a thriving nightlife, while the historic town of Winchester is steeped in history and personality. All our towns have a unique character and are surrounded by tranquil villages, offering a great sense of community.

For more information about Hampshire's cities, towns and villages see


Taste of Hampshire

Hampshire produces award-winning locally sourced food and drink; it stages the month-long Hampshire Food Festival every summer, and is home to celebrity chefs including James Martin and Angela Hartnett.

Hampshire is arguably the sparkling wine region of the UK, being home to leading vineyards such as Hattingley Valley and Hambledon Vineyard.

For more information about Vineyards, the best pubs, restaurants and foodie days out see


Hampshire events

The county sees some of the most iconic and exciting events every year.

Every September, Mayflower Park is the host of the Southampton International Boat Show – Britain’s biggest and best festival of boating which showcases a plethora of beautifully designed boats and products from over 600 global marine brands.

Every August one of the longest-running regular regattas in the world, Cowes Week returns to the Solent, attracting over 100,000 spectators.

For more information about upcoming events see


Where special moments are made

Sports fans are spoilt in Hampshire with the range of sporting facilities on offer, including the Ageas Bowl (home of Hampshire Cricket) which is a regular venue for international fixtures. Football fans get to choose from two premier league teams, Southampton FC (Premier League) and Portsmouth FC (League One).

For those passionate about watersports, Hampshire’s coastline is famous for sailing, for all abilities. There is an abundance of marina’s dotted along the coastline, including Ocean Village Marina in Southampton; Hamble Point Marina in Hamble and Port Solent Marina in Portsmouth.

For more information about sports and activities see



*Quickest direct rail services from Hampshire to London:


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