Portsmouth is located in the county of Hampshire, very close to the county of West Sussex. Both counties offer numerous historic cities, sea and country attractions and activities for everyone.
For example, The Isle of Wight is just a short ferry ride away from the House and has loads to offer. A “must see” on the island the former home of Queen Victoria, Osborne House but there is also Carisbrooke Castle, The Needles and Flamingo Park. The charming towns (Cowes, Ryde and Yarmouth) and villages are all well worth making time for.
The area around Portsmouth is home to some beautiful country houses, for example Uppark, Goodwood, Petworth and Broadlands (former home of Lord Louis Mountbatten and where the current Queen spent her honeymoon). Goodwood also plays host to the world famous Goodwood races and the Festival of Speed.
There are many historic towns near by such as Winchester the ancient capital of England (with the Cathedral famous for the filming of the Da Vinci Code and King Arthur’s round table), Arundel(with its castle and antique shops) and Chichester, a Roman city and home to the renowned Festival Theatre and Cathedral. Close to Chichester is Fishbourne, the only Roman palace to be found outside Italy, which boasts some of the finest preserved mosaics from that period ever to be discovered.
Hampshire is also where Jane Austen spent much of her life and where she found inspiration to write such classics as Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility
Any visit to the area would not be complete without a visit to one of the UK’s most popular National Parks – The New Forest. Spend a day visiting the charming village of Beaulieu, home to the National Motor Museum, Bucklers Hard and Hurst Castle. Or just spend the day admiring the spectacular scenery and watching the numerous New Forest ponies that roam freely anywhere in the Forest.