11 Hampshire towns and villages that are worth visiting when Covid restrictions end

HAMPSHIRE is a place with many beautiful locations just waiting to be discovered.

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 1:42 pm
Mottisfont Abbey. Picture: ©National Trust Images/Robert M

The county has so much history dating back to the days of the Roman invasion and the Anglo-Saxons.

Beyond the major cities of Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester, there are lots of hidden gems that are well worth visiting.

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This small town in the Test Valley is home to the Army Flying Museum as well as Houghton Lodge Gardens and the Longstock Water Gardens. So plenty of things to do if you visit.

If you are thinking of heading out to visit somewhere new in 2021, we decided to pull together a list of lesser-known places we think are worth visiting.

Here are 11 small towns and villages that are worth taking a trip to see in Hampshire once coronavirus restrictions come to and end.

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This village is also in the Test Valley area and it is home to Mottisfont Abbey, which is a Grade I listed National Trust property and has a walled rose garden as well as a riverside walk.
This village can be found in the New Forest. It is home to the famous Exbury Gardens which also has a steam railway. It is also home to Exbury House.
This large village is along the coast and it has a mixture of shingle and inter-tidal sand beaches. It is home to Hurst Castle and has shops, restaurants and pubs including The Wash House Bar.
This town is in the Hart district of Hampshire. It is home to Odiham Castle (also known as King John’s Castle) which is the ruins of a 13th century hunting lodge. There is also an alpaca farm you can visit.
This market town can be found in the south-west corner of the county. It is home to the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum as well as Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa, if you are in need of pampering.
This town is on the River Avon and is home to attractions such as Breamore House as well as the Rockbourne Roman Villa and St Mary’s Church which is full of history.
This village in the South Downs is home to Jane Austen's House. It is the most treasured Austen site in the world and is the place where she wrote Pride and Prejudice.
This village is near Basingstoke and it is home to two well-known country estates. The Vyne, which was built by William, Lord Sandys, in the 16th Century and Tudor manor Beaurepaire.
This village is in the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane. It is home to the large stately home of Stratfield Saye House which has been the home of the Dukes of Wellington since 1817.
This village is in the Meon Valley and dates back to the Anglo-Saxon times. It has two pubs, if you are in need of quenching your thirst after exploring the village.