Hampshire, the county with it all for groups!
Located in the south of England, Hampshire has everything a group could want for a great day out or short break. With group-friendly attractions that cater for a range of ages and interests, a wide range of accommodation choices to suit all budgets, and excellent transport links including easy access to the motorway and main line train stations, there really is no excuse not to visit.
Bordered by Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex, Hampshire also offers miles of idyllic coun-tryside, with two national parks - the New Forest and South Downs, the latter an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and superb coastline to explore.
Winchester Cathedral welcomes groups, large and small. They can provide admission on an entry-only basis, arrange general inter-est and themed guided tours, provide cater-ing packages and assist with other aspects of planning your visit, such as, length of visit, advice on travel and parking and neighbour-ing sites of interest.
Taking a guided tour with one of their expert guides can make the visit all the more special so group organisers are encouraged to make use of their own guides where pos-sible.
At Chawton near Alton, Jane Austen's House Museum offers opportunity to learn about Hampshire's literary past.
The author spent much of her life in the county, writing some of her best known nov-els at her former home, which is now an inti-mate museum which tells the story of Jane and her family. Visitors will find Austen fam-ily portraits and memorabilia on display, plus original manuscripts and first editions of her novels.
Hampshire is perhaps best renowned for its naval heritage and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard makes for a truly memorable day out with so much to see and do! Explore his-toric ships, including Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Victory and the world's first iron-hulled armoured warship HMS Warrior 1860.
Discover the story of Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose and thousands of her arte-facts recovered from the wreck in the award-winning museum. Any day out would not be complete without a visit to the National Museum of the Royal Navy, HMS Alliance at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Explosion, The Museum of Naval Firepower and the Royal Marines Museum
Nearby is Portsmouth's fabulous Emirates Spinnaker Tower, a 170 metre tall visitor attraction which overlooks historical Portsmouth harbour and the Solent.
From the sandy beaches of the Witterings and Selsey Bill in the East to the countryside of the New Forest in the West, the pictur-esque Isle of Wight in the South to the rolling hills of Hampshire's South Downs in the North, you and your group will find the 350 panoramic views that stretch for up to 23 miles from the top of Tower in any direc-tion are truly breath-taking.
All groups receive priority 'fast track' admission plus there are a great range of joint ticket offers available exclusively to groups.
There is free admission for group organiser and coach driver, free meet and greet service for pre-booked coach groups to escort you to the tower and a free packed lunch for coach drivers when booked with meet and greet.
Coach parking vouchers available to pre-purchase, plus one adult is admitted free with every 10 paying children/students for school/college group, and free familiarisation visit available.