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Reviewed on 27 Aug 2019
Choose from a wide selection of luxury and budget friendly adventure sports hotels in Hampshire , a county famed for its stunning countryside and historic ports.
Just a short drive from the centre of Southampton, the Calshot Activities Centre has an excellent climbing wall, velodrome and a slope for dry skiing. It hosts the Calshot Winter Track League between October and February, and is Britain's first purpose-built indoor cycling venue. The venue, which is also one of the country's largest outdoor centres, offers plenty of exciting adventure courses for people of different levels of experience, and has a pleasant cafe bar where you can enjoy a refreshing snack and hot drink after a long session on the ski slope.
For affordable accommodation just a short drive from the Calshot Activities Centre, you could try the well-presented Holiday Inn Fareham - Solent, or the friendly and stylish Solent Hotel and Spa. Wherever you stay, you'll benefit from excellent hospitality and good quality rooms with elegant furnishings. Some hotels also provide in-room coffee makers, and almost all hotels in Hampshire now offer Wi-Fi access for your convenience.
Celebrating 10 years of official National Park status in 2015, the New Forest National Park welcomes many millions of visitors each year to its picturesque woodlands and vast, open meadows. It's a haven for numerous donkeys, deer and ponies, and is also noted for its flourishing bird life and for being a native habitat for every species of British snakes, including our only poisonous snake, the adder.
Nearby is famous Exbury Gardens, beautifully landscaped public grounds that were designed by the wealthy Rothschild family and include a superb steam railway. Also close by is the majestic medieval house known as Beaulieu Palace House, which is in the historic village of Beaulieu, once an important monastic centre.
If you're interested in the history of British motoring, visiting the National Motor Museum, also in Beaulieu, which has many fascinating historic vehicles dating back to Victorian times.