Hampshire is a county on the southern coast of England in the United Kingdom. The county town of Hampshire is Winchester, the former capital city of England. Hampshire is notable for housing the birthplaces of the Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force.
Hampshire has a higher average annual temperature than the UK average, and higher than average sunshine at over 1541 hours per year.
Due to Hampshire's long association with pigs and boars, natives of the county have been known as Hampshire hogs since the 18th century.
Things to do
Hampshire has 3,000 miles of footpaths and 750 miles of cycle paths, surrounded by beautiful and varied scenery all year round. Stretching from the South Downs National Park in the east to the New Forest National Park in the west and the North Wessex Downs in the north, the county is renowned for its ancient woodland, rolling hills and meandering chalk streams.
Experience history in motion as you travel by steam or heritage diesel train on the Watercress Line through the beautiful Hampshire countryside.
Visit the oldest working silk mill in Britain, Whitchurch Silk Mill, and travel back in time at Milestones, Hampshire's Living History Museum in Basingstoke where costumed actors help bring the streets of old to life.