The south coast county of Hampshire is well known for its large ports, countryside, and literary heritage. Experience the maritime history of Portsmouth and Southampton, visit the South Downs and the New Forest, or top up your knowledge of the county's writers like Austen by visiting the Jane Austen House museum. 

Places to visit


Jane Austen House museum, Portsmouth Harbour, New Forest, Winchester Cathedral, Montisfont Abbey, The Vyne, Highclere castle (Downton Abbey setting), Ascot Racecourse, The Needles.


Books based in this county:

Authors associated with this county 

Authors who are associated with this county (born or lived here) or who have based their books here.

Jane Austen

Charles Dickens

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Thomas Hardy

John Keats


Our box included the book The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox.



Included: book, tea, bookmark, chocolates, soap, biscuits, photos, travel information, personalised postcard.

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