Hampshire

Solent Sights

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Overview

Leave the hustle of Southampton and head towards Netley via Bursledon as this trail hugs the River Hamble en route to the Historic Portsmouth Dockyard, taking in the castle at Portchester on the way. Enjoy Britain’s naval heritage before heading to the buzz of the waterfront city at Portsmouth.

Southampton

Southampton, the cruise capital of Europe is Hampshire’s largest city. Whether you explore the historic town, absorb the culture at museums and art galleries, enjoy the smart shops or escape to the peaceful parks, Southampton is wonderful place for a day trip, weekend break or longer stay.

Netley

The quaint village of Netley close to Southampton Water is home to Netley Abbey, built by Cistercian monks in the 13th century where you can visit the church ruins and monastic buildings. Explore the nearby Royal Victoria Country Park, site of the old Victoria Royal Military Hospital.

Hamble

Yachts, food and a lively atmosphere? It must be the picturesque village of Hamble, set alongside the river of the same name, where you can take in the stunning views and walks at one of the UK’s yachting meccas. Enjoy one of the many restaurants or take the ferry to Warsash.

Portchester

Portchester has many historic buildings including the medieval Portchester Castle, built within the Roman fort of Portus Adurni at the northern end of Portsmouth harbour. Within the Castle walls is the Grade 1 listed church of St. Mary’s and from the battlements are great views across to Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a fantastic place for all the family. Visit numerous attractions including the Henry VIII’s Mary Rose, Nelson’s HMS Victory, the first ironclad HMS Warrior and The National Museum of the Royal Navy to see hundreds of years of naval history. The nearby Royal Navy Submarine Museum is also well worth a visit.

Portsmouth

Soak up the atmosphere in the waterfront city of Portsmouth with its many attractions. With two cathedrals, art galleries and museums you’ll plenty to do. Enjoy the shopping experience at Gunwharf Quays and be sure to visit the Emirates Spinnaker Tower to take in the stunning views.

Southsea

Enjoy the museums and independent boutique shopping on a trip to the Victorian seaside resort of Southsea on Portsea Island. Visit Southsea Castle, the Blue Reef Aquarium or relax with a picnic on Southsea Common. Time it right and you might catch the International Kite Festival.

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Overview

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Southampton

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5.0 miles

Netley

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2.9 miles

Hamble

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13.1 miles

Portchester

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7.5 miles

Portsmouth Dockyard

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2.3 miles

Portsmouth

7
3.1 miles

Southsea

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Harrow Wood Farm Caravan Park

Harrow Wood Farm Caravan Park, Poplar Lane, Bransgore, Hampshire, BH23 8JE

The Cricketers

Cricketers Inn, Longparish, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 6PZ

Rock Up Hampshire

Whiteley Shopping Centre, Whiteley Way, Whiteley, Fareham, Hampshire, PO15 7PD

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Gilbert White's House, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire, GU34 3JH

Paultons Park

Ower, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6AL

Woodington Lakes Trout Fishery

Romsey Road, Wellow, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6BG

Hawk Conservancy Trust

Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY

Glen Orchard Holiday Park

Walkford Lane, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5NH

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ

Marwell Zoo

Marwell Wildlife, Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH

About the Solent Sights Trail

Distance: 34 miles
Cites / Towns: 7
Number Of Businesses: 10

Leave the shops and historic city of Southampton behind as you head for the UK’s only steam powered brick works at Bursledon and then on to the River Hamble and the excitement of the regatta, watching the watercraft skim across the waves. Take in historic Portchester and the medieval castle before heading down to the Historic Portsmouth Dockyard to explore Britain’s naval history. Finish up in Portsmouth where you can soak up the waterfront atmosphere and visit the Emirates Spinnaker Tower to enjoy the breath taking views.

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Naval History

Enjoy a journey through time and explore Britain’s naval heritage at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Experience a wealth of attractions including the Mary Rose, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1862 and HMS M33. Take a harbour tour to see Britain’s modern naval vessels in port and historic buildings.

Maritime Adventure

The Solent is home to a wide variety of water sports, from wind surfers to sailboats to impressive yachts. Watch the colourful spectacle as they race across the water with colourful spinnakers straining in the sea breezes whilst you kick back and relax amongst a great choice of eateries, cafes and bars.

Portsmouth & Southsea Promenade

Enjoy the vibrant city of Portsmouth and its many attractions. Shop, eat, visit museums, cathedrals and galleries on your visit to the waterfront city, the birthplace of Charles Dickens. Southsea Common is a great out door place where you can relax and visit Southsea Castle.

Also Nearby

Harrow Wood Farm Caravan Park

Harrow Wood Farm Caravan Park, Poplar Lane, Bransgore, Hampshire, BH23 8JE

The Cricketers

Cricketers Inn, Longparish, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 6PZ

Rock Up Hampshire

Whiteley Shopping Centre, Whiteley Way, Whiteley, Fareham, Hampshire, PO15 7PD

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Gilbert White's House, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire, GU34 3JH

Paultons Park

Ower, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6AL

Woodington Lakes Trout Fishery

Romsey Road, Wellow, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6BG

Hawk Conservancy Trust

Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY

Glen Orchard Holiday Park

Walkford Lane, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5NH