A popular holiday destination and one of the sunniest destinations in the country, Hayling Island is a particularly attractive destination for those keen to take part in water sports such as windsurfing and sailing. As you might expect, it also has a large tourism industry, with a wide selection of hotels and guesthouses catering for different budgets and tastes.
What to See and Do in Hayling Island
From the family-themed Havant Leisure Centre to the Horizone Play Centre, Hayling Island has plenty of excellent leisure facilities for people of all ages. The resort also overlooks a vast shingle beach that is great for some summer sunbathing or just for taking in that revitalising sea air.
Stylish Hotels in Hayling Island
To ensure you can always stay up to date with your emails and social media, and easily check train times or book tickets to local events, almost all hotels in Hayling Island offer unlimited WiFi. Many more upmarket hotels in the area are equipped with fitness centres and high-end restaurants, and some rooms also have tea and coffee-making facilities and en-suite bathrooms with luxury towels and free toiletries.
Close to Historic Portsmouth
Hayling Island is less than a 20-minute drive from the centre of Portsmouth, where you can visit the Charles Dickens Birthplace museum where the esteemed writer and social campaigner was born in 1812. Portsmouth is also famed for its 21st century Emirates Spinnaker Tower, which was purpose-built in a sail shape to commemorate the city's profound maritime heritage and is 170 metres tall, similar in design to Dubai's Burj Al Arab.
Other Places to Visit near Hayling Island
If you have some free time before you check in or after you check out of your Hayling Island hotel, visit the Fort Cumberland harbour defences that were built to defend England from invaders in the late Georgian era. In Portsmouth harbour you could also see the magnificent HMS Victory, which played a critical role in the Napoleonic Wars and is the oldest commissioned warship in the world.
Other places of interest near to Hayling Island include Southsea Castle, the Portsmouth D-Day Museum, and Southsea's two historic amusement piers.