Hampshire and The Isle of Wight are such a great places to visit and there is loads to do! Occasionally however, there is no hiding from the fact that it’s still in the UK and prone to the odd flurry of rain!
They do say there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing! So we fully encourage you to get out there and have fun at some of the greatest attractions in hampshire whatever the weather…but on those days you really would prefer to stay indoors on a rainy day here are some fantastic attractions that can offer shelter!
Just as fun on the inside!
Fill the day with fun and adventure; Beaulieu, home of the National Motor Museum is a great place to spend the day enjoying Palace House, the Secret Army Exhibition and the World of Top Gear. Dive to the depths but stay dry at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Southsea. And enjoy everything from exciting live science shows to hands-on interactive exhibits to unforgettable shows in the UK’s largest digital planetarium at Winchester Science Centre.
It’s particularly hard to provide the kids with a way to burn off some energy when they can’t go outside, but these fabulously fun attractions provide the answer; A unique experience awaits them at Mid Hants Railway “Watercress Line”. And, for those brave enough the glass floor platform at Emirates Spinnaker Tower is sure to get them excited!
Spend a couple of hours learning all about beer and hide from the weather testing the products afterwards at Ringwood Brewery! Hide a little longer and shop for local produce, beers and plenty of merchandise & clothing all available in the onsite brewery store.
Enjoy day of culture…
Visit The Tudor chapel at The Vyne. It houses Renaissance stained glass, beautiful 16th-century Flemish Majolica tiles and an elegant 18th-century tomb chamber. The house is nestled by the Shir brook in Sherborne St John, which is now a wonderfully serene lake.
You could visit Chawton House Library, a romantic 400-year-old manor house once owned by Jane Austen’s brother and known to her as the ‘Great House’. It’s full of historical treasures and fascinating stories, and boasts beautiful gardens and grounds.
You can make your day out interesting and cultural; Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in England and well worth a visit. You could catch one of the fantastic performances on at The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton.
Discover a deep history…
Whitchurch Silk Mill proves to us you don’t need modern technology to create beautiful things. Milestones Living History Museum will transport you back so you can walk the streets and visit the lives of the past. The only remaining steam driven brickworks left in the country – a unique survivor from our Victorian industrial past, a visit to Bursledon Brickworks is a must! And, The New Forest Centre gives you an insight into the history of The New Forest and the conservation of the national park.
Discover the lives of the Russell family at Mottisfont, and see if you can spot hints of the house’s medieval past. Don’t miss the Rex Whistler’s extraordinary drawing room, full of illusions, and head up to the art gallery to experience different exhibitions all year round.
Another fascinating part of our history is that of our military. You can see over 40 historic aircraft at the Museum Army of Flying. Experience 1000 years of Royal Navy history at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. A Discover the stories of those who were awarded the Victoria Cross, find out more about the horse soldiers and see the magnificent model of the battle of Waterloo at Winchester Military Museums.
Visit The D-Day Story, the only UK museum dedicated to D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, with fantastic interactive displays for all the family.
Wait, there’s more! See the story of naval warfare is told in dramatic style at Explosion! Museum.
Step into the world of Jane Austen at Jane Austen’s House Museum. This uniquely special house is the place where Jane Austen lived and wrote. Explore the rooms that she knew and see the table at which she penned her much loved novels including the timeless Pride and Prejudice.
Get there safe & dry!
Getting to and from your day out can be just as exciting as the day out itself! Hovertravel offers you the fastest foot passenger service to the Isle of Wight, from Southsea to Ryde. Take your car across from Portsmouth or Lymington with Wightlink ferries. Or, choose between the passenger Red Jet and car ferry service at Red Funnel leaving from Southampton.
As you can see there is plenty to keep you entertained rain or shine!