Alton is dedicated to making travellers’ visits to Hampshire memorable. The articles here are intended to map out areas that will broaden your knowledge of Hampshire. It will help you decide which areas you would like to visit, from historic sites to beautiful landscapes.
The most popular national parks, the South Downs, and the New Forest, are in Hampshire. Then there is also the Paultons country park that was opened in 1983. The park has more than 100 species of birds and animals with land stretching over 140 acres. While not as famous as The New Forest, it still holds magic for visitors.
Buckler’s Hard Maritime Museum
Workers built more than 50 naval ships in the 18th-century village for Nelson’s Navy, captured in the maritime museum at Buckler’s Hard. The museum also gives a glimpse of the village life in the 19th and 20th centuries, the SS Persia story, and insight into Sir Francis Chichester’s single-handed sailing trip around the globe.
The cathedral is the longest Gothic cathedral in Europe, nestled in the centre of Winchester, and is open to visitors. Famous burials include Jane Austen and the King of Wessex. Visitors can view the cathedral during the Winchester Hat Fair and visit the colossal interior to view a statue named Sound II, by Antony Gormley, installed in 1986.
The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
The dockyard is arguably the most interesting place to visit, especially if people are interested in history and old ships. Here, visitors can see the museum that was built especially for the Mary Rose, the HMS Victory, and the National Museum of the Royal Navy. But harbour tours are included in the mix, as well as an exhibition on famous pirates. People can also visit the HMS Warrior from 1860.
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