From lively towns and cities to tranquil countryside and beautiful beaches, the county of Hampshire has it all. If you relish the buzz of an urban setting, head to the waterfront city of Portsmouth, or indeed the major port of Southampton and explore its shops, museums, art galleries and parks, before grabbing a bite at one of its many excellent eateries – perhaps Ovation, the popular restaurant at the Mayflower Theatre, or Quay Fifteen, where you can enjoy fuss-free fine dining.

Winchester and Eastleigh have a lot to offer too – including, in Winchester’s case, the Michelin-starred Black Rat restaurant. The city has also inspired a wealth of literary classics, from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility to John Keats’ Ode To Autumn.

Those looking for a break from city life, meanwhile, can get away from it all at coastal beauty spots such as Hayling Island near Chichester, or the historic Hurst Castle, or escape to the country and take advantage of Hampshire’s 3,000 miles of footpaths and 750 miles of cycle paths.

This county has something to inspire everyone, from the young family to the day-tripping couple, the literature fan to the ardent foodie.

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