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This quaint Tudor-style museum contains a minstrel's gallery, creaky floorboards, old kitchens and one of Henry VIII's cannons, among thousands of other artifacts. It also allegedly contains the ghost of Anne Boleyn, who stayed here with Henry when the house was owned by Sir Richard Lyster, Lord Chief Justice of England. There is a replica Tudor-style garden at the back featuring a mulberry tree planted by Huguenots in 1570 that drips with fruit in the summer. On sunny days the garden is full of scented herbs and flowers, making it perfect for some quiet contemplation.
In Southampton’s centre, this Novotel looks over the port and is just 400 metres from Southampton Central Rail Station. It has an indoor heated pool and modern rooms with 26-inch LCD TVs. The spacious rooms at Novotel Southampton feature a private bathroom and a large work area. Rooms also include a laptop safe, a hairdryer, and tea/coffee facilities. The hotel is next to West Quay Retail Park, and less than 15 minutes’ walk from Southampton’s central shops and 5 adjacent parks. The Elements Restaurant serves modern food with an outdoor terrace. Elements Bar serves drinks and light meals in stylish surroundings. Up to 2 children (under 16 years) can stay free (with breakfast) when sharing a room with adults. This includes access to video games, baby equipment and a healthy children's menu. Families also get late check-out on Sundays (until 17:00).
Located in Southampton's Ocean Village complex, the Harbour Lights Picturehouse is a very popular film venue, showing the finest and latest in independent cinema from around the world. The theater presents art-house and more alternative film entertainment, including documentaries and short films, as well as feature length movies. The cinema is independent, yet state-of-the-art, with full disabled access and facilities for the visually and hearing impaired.
This miniature steam railway runs for a mile around Royal Victoria Country Park, offering great views across Southampton water. It consists of a little engine that pulls two carriages and takes about ten minutes. Special events such as Treasure Hunts and Teddy Bears Specials, which involve games and activities, are often run. Birthdays are also catered for.
Enjoy 400 acres of countryside at this farm set in times gone by, on the banks of the River Hamble in Bursledon. Manor Farm has an olde worlde look and feel and its attractions include woodland walks, farm animals and wildfowl. There is a special program of events according to the season and full refreshments are available. Before you leave, call in at the nearby Jolly Sailor for a swift drink.
Ensconced within the New Forest National Park, the Longdown Activity Farm is a fascinating family-friendly destination. This sprawling farmyard is home to a host of gregarious animals, which include alpacas, Pygmy goats, Kunekune pigs, cattle, adorable chicks and many more. Complementing your heartwarming interactions with these animals are the hands-on activities offered here, which include the likes of bottle-feeding kid goats, duck feeding and a host of other exciting Animal Encounter Experiences. Additionally, the farmland comprises a picnic area, a large playground, a modest museum and a gift shop.
The Point has the distinction of being the first ever residential space for artists who can stay in accommodation facilities and work at the studios while collaborating with other artists. As expected, the quality of every exhibition or installation is a class apart from the rest. Not just art, you can expect dance, music and theater alongside! The Point can also be hired for private meetings that are held in fully-equipped, Wi-Fi enabled rooms, while the park facing rooftop terrace serves as a splendid backdrop too. An in-house cafe assures visitors delicious food and hot & chilled beverages. So come on over to Eastleigh's finest venue where you are bound to have a memorable time.
The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu has a collection of old and unique vehicles unlike any other museum in the world. Whether you are visiting the museum for entertainment or for education, it is an interesting and fun experience either way! The National Motor Museum holds about 250 vehicles, from antique cars to speedy record breakers. To see everything in between, pay this spot a visit.
Paultons Family Theme Park, Home of Peppa Pig World has over 60 wonderful rides and attractions included in the admission prices. Ride the Cobra roller coaster, splash into Water Kingdom and see Peppa Pig in her very own theme park. The Sky Swinger and Wave Runner are also fun rides. This theme park is fun for the whole family. Hours vary seasonally.
This small 18th-century village is one of the most attractive and unusual villages in England. Set on the banks of the Beaulieu River in the New Forest, Buckler's Hard was the scene for parts of A Man for All Seasons. You can visit a maritime museum, take a river cruise, go on a woodland walk or just take in the natural beauty of this historic village. A trip to Beaulieu, under two miles away, is also recommended.
Discover the secrets of the New Forest at this educational museum and visitor center. It features an informative exhibition that brings the Forest's wildlife and traditions to life and explains how it came into existence, while a fascinating audio-visual show, The Living Forest, demonstrates how the Forest changes throughout the year and how it has developed and adapted during its 1000-year existence. The museum includes an embroidery and gift shop that specializes in local crafts.
Marwell is one of Britain's leading zoological parks. Founded in 1972, the zoo is home to over hundreds of rare and endangered species. It specializes in hoofed animals, but also features a wide variety of creatures ranging from giraffe to spiders. Such is the expanse of the zoo that one can find trains carrying visitors around the enclosures. Followed by the exhilarating meets and greets with the animals if you find yourself feeling peckish, do head to the on-site restaurant or the slew of picnic sites. The gift shop here is an inviting space too, offering a host of intriguing and informative resources.
If you are visiting Winchester, a trip to this delightful toy store is a must. It is arguably the most famous shop in the town and stocks a huge range of items, from early learning toys to adult games and puzzles. It is renowned for its novelty goods and buckets stuffed with creepy crawlies, which can be found on the ground floor together with a large selection of Brio goods, baby mobiles, baby walkers, Lego sets and an extensive range of Thomas the Tank Engine items. The top floor stocks toys for older children, including a large range of model cars and bikes, plus board games and jigsaws.
The unique Royal Navy Submarine Museum gives you the opportunity to walk on board a real submarine, the HMS Alliance. You can also try hands on exhibits like the Globe Probe diving bell and the working periscopes of HMS Conqueror, which saw service in the Falklands War. The history of the submarine, dating back to the days of Alexander the Great to present day, is covered and diving suits and other deep-sea related artifacts are also on show. The museum is easily accessible through a frequent ferry service. A gift shop, cafe and waterfront picnic site are all on site.
Featuring an array of museums and attractions, the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, is a landmark of sorts. A tour through the venue will first take you to the Mary Rose Museum, wherein you can witness over a 1000 artifacts of Henry VIII flagship. Next your taken on board the historic HMS Victory, from where you can explore the whole ship. There is also the Royal Navy Museum that catches visitors attention with some interactive displays. You can also board the first iron warship the HMS Warrior, which also provides an event space for events and celebrations. The dockyard is certainly incredible for both parents and children alike. Explore British history at this multi-purpose historic dockyard.
Get an intimate view of ocean creatures at this fascinating sea life center. Over 30 displays use the latest in technology to provide close-up encounters with marine life such as sharks, stingrays, sunfish, wolf-fish, octopus and eels. Attractions include a 14-foot sunken wreck, a tropical reef observatory, a touch pool, a splash and play area and a mini tidal zone in which waves crash against a realistic shoreline.
A trip to this adventure park is an essential part of any family holiday to the Isle of Wight, with fun to be had for all ages on spectacular rides. The park's center piece is an award-winning motion ride known as the Time Machine. A time traveling simulator takes participants back to the past to meet their ancestors. Another exciting ride is Colossus, a swing boat ride themed as a Roman galley, while the park also contains a quarter mile slide toboggan run. In addition, there is a countryside wildlife center and plenty of attractions for kids. Prices vary depending on the time of year.
There is something at this park for all the family. You can meet and feed farm animals such as goats, pigs and sheep and see unusual breeds like peacocks, llamas and water buffalo. You also can visit fabulous glasshouses containing banana, pineapple and coconut plants, as well as tea and coffee plants. These glasshouses date from the Regency period and have been completely restored. There is a tropical greenhouse that houses the giant amazon water lily (summer months only), together with papyrus and rice plants. All these features can be found within 405 hectares (1000 acres) of landscaped parkland, with an ornamental lake and Victorian coach house.
This 300 acre (121.4056926 hectare) park has something for everyone. It is home to a great deal of wildlife, including butterflies and wildfowl, while Crane Lake attracts swans, heron and ducks. Fishing and golf are available, while a two and a half mile trail is marked out, taking you through meadows and copses. You can also take a ride on the Moors Valley Steam Railway. A 200 meters (656.167979 feet) tree-top trail will give you a bird's eye view of the forest and there is also a play trail and play area. Infant and junior areas are split, with a wood chip safety surface throughout. A huge barn, dating back to the 16th Century, houses, tearooms, a shop and exhibitions. Free admission to the park and forest. Railway is open between May and September.