Manor Houses & Castles in Hampshire & the Isle of Wight

April 5, 2024

An image of Osborne house with manicured green gardens in front

From grand estates to captivating ruins, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are rich in architectural treasures that tell centuries of stories. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of stately homes, explore historic manor houses, and stand in the shadow of mighty castles.

Palace House at Beaulieu with greenery and the Beaulieu river
Palace House at Beaulieu

Stately Homes & Manor Houses

  • Palace House at Beaulieu: Home to the Montagu family since 1538, the Palace House stands grand at Beaulieu. Take a stroll through time, including the fully restored Victorian kitchen.
  • Gilbert White’s House: Nature enthusiasts will adore this quaint 18th-century home and garden, once belonging to the pioneering naturalist Gilbert White.
  • Mottisfont: Experience the beauty of this former medieval priory turned elegant country estate. Admire the renowned collection of roses and wander through tranquil riverside gardens.
  • Osborne: Step into Queen Victoria’s beloved seaside retreat on the Isle of Wight. Explore lavish rooms, stroll through manicured gardens, and imagine the lives of royals.
  • Tudor House & Garden: Journey back to Southampton’s medieval past at this fascinating house, where centuries of history unfold within its walls and delightful garden.
two young boys climbing on the walls at Portchester Castle
Portchester Castle


  • Carisbrooke Castle: Explore the imposing walls of this Isle of Wight fortress, steeped in royal history. Walk the ramparts, climb the keep, and learn about the castle’s role through the ages.
  • Calshot Castle: Discover the once artillery fort built by Henry VIII in 1539 to defend the south coast. Calshot Castle has also been used as a station to combat smugglers and an RAF air base during WW1.
  • Portchester Castle: This mighty Roman fort, nestled within Portsmouth Harbour, boasts an impressive history spanning centuries. Explore its well-preserved walls and towers.
  • Winchester Castle (Great Hall): Step back in time within the sole-surviving Great Hall of Winchester Castle, home to the legendary Round Table of King Arthur.

Planning Your Visit

Each venue offers unique experiences, from guided tours to family-friendly events. Be sure to check individual websites for:

  • Opening hours and ticket prices
  • Special exhibitions and events
  • Accessibility information

Embark on a Historical Adventure

Whether you’re a history buff or simply seeking a beautiful day out, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’s stately homes, manor houses, and castles offer a captivating journey through time. Which treasure will you uncover first? Find some more historical days out with Hampshire’s Top Attractions. Don’t forget to check out our events and discount vouchers for attractions. For the latest updates, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or TikTok.

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