Hampshire Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Hampshire Family-friendly activities

Portsmouth: Historic Dockyard Ultimate Explorer Ticket

1. Portsmouth: Historic Dockyard Ultimate Explorer Ticket

Pick from individual or family entry tickets to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Visit attractions including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, The National Museum of the Royal Navy, HMS M.33, The Mary Rose Museum, Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, and The Royal Navy Submarine Museum. Marvel at the exhibitions at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth and explore in any order you want, and at any time you want within a year. Choose between a family or an individual ticket. Step into the past as you explore historic ships, including Lord Nelson’s world-famous flagship HMS Victory, Queen Victoria’s HMS Warrior, the First World War’s HMS M.33, and the new Horrible Histories Pirates exhibition. Marvel at Henry VIII's Tudor warship, the Mary Rose and take the complimentary waterbus to Gosport to visit the Cold War submarine, HMS Alliance. Enjoy a sightseeing harbor cruise around Portsmouth Harbour and view the ships of the modern Royal Navy for a complete picture of Britain's naval history.

The Mary Rose: Day Admission Ticket

2. The Mary Rose: Day Admission Ticket

Visit the new state-of-the-art museum built around King Henry VIII's flagship which sunk during battle off the coast Portsmouth in 1545. The ship was raised from the seabed in 1982 and the award-winning museum was built in 2013. Walk through a range of interactive displays in which 9,000 Tudor artifacts also rescued from the seabed have been reunited from the ship. See how these artefacts tell the story of life on board for the crew and officers in Tudor times. The Mary Rose is the only 16th century warship on display anywhere in the world, and houses the largest and most unique Tudor collection of objects. New for summer 2021: Experience "1545 - When their world ended", a brand new immersive experience that will take you back to July 19, 1545. Re-live the final moments on board the Mary Rose as it sinks during the Battle of the Solent. Step back in time to hear from King Henry VIII and the crew of Britains' most famous shipwreck. Experience the immersive Tudor warship sinking.

HMS Victory: Day Admission Ticket

3. HMS Victory: Day Admission Ticket

Visit HMS Victory, the Royal Navy’s most famous battleship. Best known for her role in the battle of Trafalgar, the Victory is now the flagship of the first sea lord and a living museum to the Georgian Navy. New for 2021, HMS Victory Under Hull Walkway. Visitors can descend into the base of the dry dock and view the ship from below. The ship stands as a memorial to Vice-Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, Britain’s greatest naval hero, and his victory at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Climb aboard HMS Victory and step back in time to the Georgian period. See the cabin where the Battle of Trafalgar was planned. Walk the once crowded decks where over 800 men lived, worked and fought. You can even stand in the spot where Nelson died. HMS Victory is currently undergoing conservation work but is still open, and visitors can experience Victory Live! to find out more about this conservation project.

Alton Towers Resort: Festive Day Entry Ticket with Lightopia

4. Alton Towers Resort: Festive Day Entry Ticket with Lightopia

Enjoy a day of family fun this Christmas time with an entry ticket to Alton Towers Resort. Try out festive rides at CBeebies Land before discovering over 60 stalls at the Towers Street Christmas Market. Immerse yourself in a magical light show in Lightopia. Make your way to Alton Towers Resort to experience a fun, family-friendly, festive day out. Find something for the kids in CBeebies Land and experience Gangsta Granny: The Ride. Meet cheery Christmas characters and treat yourself to delicious food as you wander through the Towers Street Christmas Market. Explore over 60 different stalls with churros, bratwurst, and mulled wine for the parents. After the sun has set head to Lightopia to experience a wonderful light show. Admire the decorated Christmas trees, lit-up creations of wildlife in the Animal Safari, and mythical beasts in the Dragon Land display.

Winchester Treasure Hunt Mystery: The Bishops Golden Tankard

5. Winchester Treasure Hunt Mystery: The Bishops Golden Tankard

The legendary Winchester mystery.. .. unsolved for 500 years.. Until now. Begin your adventure at the site of Winchester's famous medieval round table, and embark on a quest to unravel the unsolved mystery of The Bishop's Golden Tankard! According to legend, a magical golden tankard hidden in the vaults of Winchester Cathedral, had the power to give riches to all who held it.. .. but when Henry VIII arrived and cracked its old case open, the tankard was gone! Was it stolen for money? Or was it an act of revenge? Nobody knew.. But the villain left a trail of clues.. … and this is where you come in. The pages of your Mystery Guide™ take you on an exciting puzzle adventure through the heart of historic Winchester, as you follow the maps, unlock the clues, and unravel the epic tale. Your challenge is to track down hidden objects, decode symbols, and uncover hidden messages, as you eliminate suspects and gradually unpick the crime. And an exciting twist awaits… Make it to the end and you'll be struck by an amazing ‘wow’ moment when the case is solved and the villain is revealed before your eyes! Simply grab your Mystery Guide™, head to the start, and set off at a time that suits you. Don’t let the villain get away... Your time to start is now!

From London: Peppa Pig World Entrance Ticket and Transfer

6. From London: Peppa Pig World Entrance Ticket and Transfer

Depart from London and travel by bus to Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park. Explore a variety of big rides, small rides, play areas, entertainment, and an astonishing collection of exotic birds and animals, all set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland. Enjoy 9 fabulous rides including The Queen’s Flying Coach Ride, Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club, Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight, Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride, Grandpa’s Little Train, George’s Dinosaur Adventure, and a ride in a "cloud" around Windy Castle! Visit the large indoor play area, Georges Spaceship Playzone, and superb animated-themed attractions including a chance to visit Peppa and her family in their house!  See the Park’s own little corner of Africa and discover the amazing animals and birds of the savanna. See meerkats, porcupines, lizards, mongooses, and other animals of all shapes and sizes to delight and entertain. Visit The House of Magic, and see a brand new 4D Film for 2020 at the Paultons Show Street Cinema. Jump into the on-screen action while experiencing the cinema’s 4D effects including specially designed moving chairs, water sprays, blasts of air, leg ticklers, and even bubbles! Get your adrenaline fix on the breathtaking ride, EDGE. Swoop and spin through the air reaching a height of 15 metres on a giant disc that travels along a 90-metre track featuring a "camelback" hill to create an amazing floating sensation. EDGE was the first ride of its type in the UK and perfectly complements the Park’s other thrilling rides including The Cobra and Magma. Kids can enjoy the Water Kingdom with a variety of water jets, giant tipping buckets, sprays, fountains, and super soakers. This huge 8,500 foot kids’ splash park features more than 20 different ways of getting wet and has a seated patio area nearby so parents can relax whilst watching the fun. Visit Tornado Springs, a storm-ravaged, Midwest desert town. Step back in time as you explore 1950s America, covering 4 acres and featuring over 8 fun rides and attractions alongside a diner and garage-themed shop. New for 2022, grab your seat aboard Farmyard Flyer; a crazy aeroplane-themed family coaster flying into Tornado Springs at Paultons Park.

London: Downton Abbey Countryside Black Taxi VIP Tour

7. London: Downton Abbey Countryside Black Taxi VIP Tour

Begin with a pickup from your central London hotel and a drive through London and out into the Oxfordshire countryside. Your first stop will be in Oxfordshire, where you will visit the villages that became the village of Downton. Have photographs outside Matthew Crawley’s house, and see the Hospital, the village church, and the two village pubs. Discuss the filming with the locals and visit inside a village home used in the filming (owner being in of course). Have time to buy Downton souvenirs before moving on. Visit several other villages, plus a farm, which will be a secret to surprise you on the day. Leaving the villages behind you, start to head cross country to Highclere Castle. On the way to the castle, take an authentic countryside pause, stopping for lunch at an old English pub. Arrive at Highclere Castle after lunch, where your tour continues. Your expert guide will explain all there is about the castle’s history as well as the Downton locations you will see before you enter the rooms. Later in the afternoon why not have a cream tea, before returning to London.

Peppa Pig World Christmas Express from London

8. Peppa Pig World Christmas Express from London

Enjoy an activity-packed visit to Paultons Park during the Christmas season with a convenient roundtrip transfer from Central London. Book your tickets and bring the whole family on a magical winter adventure, exploring the park's holiday shows, decorations, and fun-loving characters. Head over to the activity provider's office in London and ride a spacious bus to Paultons Park. Receive your tickets and get ready to have the time of your life discovering its Christmastime specials. Witness Santa's Christmas Wish Show, with live singing and dancing. Don't forget to look out for other seasonal events, such as Santa's Storytime and the Marvellous Musical Christmas Tree Show, as you stroll through the mesmerizing illumination displays. Meet Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Reindeer, and Billy and Belinda Elves during your visit. Of course, you're welcome to ride some of the park's regular attractions, including those in Tornado Springs, Lost Kingdom, Critter Creek, and Peppa Pig World. The kids will surely enjoy the Queen’s Flying Coach Ride, Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club, Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride, and many more. Ride the bus back to London after all your adventures and get some rest on your drive back.

Southampton: Escape Room Adventure

9. Southampton: Escape Room Adventure

After arrival you will get a video briefing, explaining how the games work and the role you will play. Each of our adventures then take place at different points in history. You might be solving a murder in the cold war of the 1960s, breaking into a 1970s Police Station, uncovering crimes in a Grocery store in the 1920s, or many, many others. Every experience is highly detailed and story driven, with a Gamesmaster dedicated to supporting you throughout the game, whenever you need help. You have 60 minutes to complete your mission, before a debrief and team photo (disguised as spies!). With over 5,000 five-star reviews and counting, you don't need to just take our word for it about how much fun this is!

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What people are saying about Hampshire

Such an amazing day. Mary Rose was awesome. So glad I made the effort to do this. Well worth the money just to see her and all the archaeology that has been found. HMS Victory was brilliant. What made it was the experience was the audio as you walked around. It also helped that it was one way.

Very worth the money to pay in advance for this ticket and be able to get into everything! plus the tickets last for a year so you can go back to do anything you missed.

Lots of cool sights to see that one normally would not see or learn about, would it not be for this hunt. Plenty of pub stops and was very informative!

Fabulous two days. Friendly , informative staff. Would highly recommend!

A throughly enjoy full day and all the history was great