Lymington - Stroll down the high street to the cobbled quay. Plenty of specialist shops and eating places to enjoy. The Saturday morning market is a highlight of the week with traditional items and old fashioned atmosphere.
Beaulieu - most famous for its car museum, boat and car jumbles.
Bournemouth - all the fun of the seaside with its theatres and shows.
Bucklers Hard - step back in time to visit the shipwrights village and museum where some of Nelson's ships were built.
Christchurch - delightful market town with lovely Priory and riverside walks.
Hengistbury Head and Mudeford- wonderful walks and views across the sea and river.
Isle of Wight - ferries leave every 30 mins in the summer for the 30 minute trip across to Yarmouth. Go as a foot passenger and enjoy the island by bus or take your bike or car across and explore the stunning bays and beautiful scenery.
Osbourne House is a must for history and garden lovers. Visit and see why Queen Victoria loved the Isle of Wight so much.
Portsmouth - historic dockyard to visit HMS Victory HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose museum.
Salisbury - cathedral city and with a visit to the ancient stones of Stonehenge a must.
Southampton - home of the cruise ships and the Boat Show
Winchester - cathedral and attractive shopping centre
Gardens to visit
Exbury with its wonderful show of rhododendrons and camellias in the spring.
Spinners, Apple Court and Furzey - ideal places to buy that something special for the garden.
Hillier Arboretum in Romsey, wonderful vistas throughout the seasons.
Mottisfont Abbey - with beautiful roses in June.
Compton Acres with 10acres of garden overlooking Poole Harbour.
Sticky Wicket a truly nature lovers garden.