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Hampshire is a county located on the southern coast of England. Hampshire’s county town is Winchester, which is a former capital city of England. The county covers a total area of 1455 square miles and has an approximate population of 2 million people.

Hampshire’s coastal attractions include Hayling Island Beaches, over three miles of beaches facing The Solent including West Beachlands and Beachlands. Other attractions include Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve, Lepe Country Park and Calshot.

Stockbridge is a popular tourist destination. It has inspired many poets over the years and there is a trail of 10 poems set in stone, on metal plaques and etched in glass to follow as visitors wander through the town. The river test runs through the town’s centre, adding to the picturesque nature of the place.

The New Forest National Park is a tourist attraction for Hampshire, home to wild ponies, the nearest city is Southampton and notable towns and villages include Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst, Beaulieu and Fritham.

Hampshire is home to a number of Britain’s great historical houses. Such as Gilbert White’s House and Gardens, located in the village of Selbourne, the house features insights to the lives of explorers of the natural world and the gardens extend to 20 acres.

Hampshire has been home to many famous people including Henry III, who was born in Winchester and spent his early years living there before becoming King of England in 1216. Other famous people from Hampshire include Neil Gaiman (author), Peter Sellers (actor/comedian) and Ken Russell (film director).

Towns in Hampshire

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