The New Forest National Park includes the coast line of Hampshire to the west, and provides spectacular views of The Isle of Wight.
The New Forest extends inland and crosses into Wiltshire. This National Park is home to free roaming cattle, ponies and deer and is the perfect place to explore on foot, by cycle or horseback. It makes for a very relaxing location for a half term break.
Away from the coast Hampshire is a land of towns and open countryside. The South Downs National Park to the east is rural Hampshire at its best and is an area of outstanding beauty.
Market towns and pretty villages lay among rolling countryside just waiting to be explored. This is where Jane Austen lived and a visit to Jane Austen's house is an interesting insight into the life of the famous novelist.
Wherever you choose to visit in Hampshire the chance to indulge in some shopping is never far away.
Southampton and Portsmouth provide all the retail outlets you'd expect of any big city, with West Quay in Southampton being considered the best shopping experience on the south coast.
Meanwhile the towns and villages host weekly markets and farmers markets for something a little different.