Today, Hampshire has a superb range of stylish three star hotels, ranging from city centre hotels close to art galleries and museums, to romantic country hotels in the beautiful South Downs National Park or the New Forest National Park. This county is also well connected to the rest of the country via the M3, and is home to Southampton Airport, which provides serves to a number of destinations across the country and western Europe.
What to Visit in Portsmouth
See the world-renowned Emirates Spinnaker Tower, one of Britain's greatest 21st century landmarks. This towering example of modern architectural design is 170 metres tall and commands outstanding panoramic views of Portsmouth's historic harbour. Built between 2001 and 2005, this unique sail-shaped structure was built on reclaimed land and weighs at least 30,000 tonnes. The Emirates Spinnaker Tower is noted for its 27-metre spire and super-fast internal lift, and was built on 84 piles of reinforced concrete.
See the Iconic HMS Warrior in Portsmouth Harbour
A masterpiece of engineering, the HMS Warrior, launched in 1860, is an astonishing site and a testament to Portsmouth's profound maritime heritage. Today, it's a popular museum ship, having been carefully preserved since the late 20th century to protect it from permanent decay. Close is the well-presented contemporary 3-star Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth North, which offers spacious well-designed rooms with free Wi-Fi.
One of the sunniest and mildest destinations in Britain, Southsea is famed for its two vibrant piers and is just a short drive from the endless attractions and shops of Portsmouth city centre. It has a great selection of hotels and guest houses catering to different tastes and budgets, and has plenty of excellent nightlife and a vibrant restaurant scene.
Perhaps the most notable sight here is Southsea Castle, which dates back to the 16th century and was a strategic military defence to safeguard this area from foreign invaders. The site became a museum after the Second World War, and is regularly used for concerts and other special events, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors each year to see its historic military artefacts and amphitheatre.
Southampton City Centre
Head to the Southampton City Art Gallery, which houses a large collection of European and British artworks, then explore the Solent Sky aviation and aircraft exhibition. This city is also known for its quaint medieval Bargate gatehouse and the Medieval Merchant's House, and is a popular departure and stop-off point for luxury cruise liners. For easy access to many of Southampton's attractions, consider the elegant three star Jurys Inn Southampton, which has immaculate Wi-Fi-enabled rooms with satellite TVs.
Book Tickets to Southampton's Mayflower Theatre
Right at the heart of Southampton, the Mayflower Theatre holds many coveted West End shows all year round and is in a fine Grade II-Listed building. Opened in 1928, it is also a leading concert venue, welcoming renowned acts ranging from The Police and The Beatles to Kate Bush and Led Zeppelin.
For more information on what to see and do in Hampshire, places to eat out, and upcoming festivals and other special event, you can contact your friendly hotel reception.