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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Entertainment
“Close enough for a trip to Stonehenge. Book the early morning sessions and walk in between the stones before other visitors arrive.”
  • 195 locals recommend
Park
“One of the best National Parks in the country managed by the Forestry Commission and famous for its free roaming ponies. ”
  • 143 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“This is an incredible and historic place to visit. Gunwharf Quays shopping centre is an outlet shopping location with plenty of shops to choose from. It also as a Cinema and many restaurants o cater for every need.”
  • 137 locals recommend
History Museum
“The dockyards at Portsmouth are a fantastic place to learn about and explore historical ships, with hands on activities, making it a great day out for all the family. As children we spent many happy hours running about the HMS Victory!”
  • 117 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Well if you have nursery or primary school age kids this is wonderful. Some of the rides are scary enough for teenagers too but its not Thorpe Park (thank goodness). Peppa Pig land is in one side of the park, lots of places to picnic, as well as the rides there are animals - penguin feeding is my fav. There is a train and a fun water spraying park. The train ride is nice for the littlys and there is entertainment on main lawn if you need to have a rest.Staff are really friendly and its not totally money grabbing as some theme parks. There is a gift shop not too badly priced so pocket money can be spent. ”
  • 74 locals recommend
Cultural Center
“The beautiful 13th century cathedral has the tallest spire and largest cloister in Britain plus the world's oldest working clock and a copy of the Magna Carta dated from 1215 to view.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Racecourse
“Equally to Royal Ascot, dress up for the day and it is definitely worth going into The Richmond enclosure. ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Goodwood hosts The Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival and many other Goodwood events. During the Revival you can catch the vintage bus direct to the event from Chichester train station.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Church
“The cathedral is situated in the middle of the town centre and can't be missed. It is what makes Winchester Winchester! The grounds are worth a wander around and the gardens are lovely to sit in for a picnic.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Theatre
“Set in the beautiful surroundings of Oaklands Park, CFT is one of the UK's flagship regional theatres known for it's annual summer festival. A great opportunity to see shows before they move to the West End.”
  • 78 locals recommend
History Museum
“Great place for adults and kids even if you aren't a car buff. I like the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car best. There are special exhibitions, a decent cafe. This year they are extending the children's part but can't yet comment on that.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Church
“Take a stroll to Chichester Cathedral which has has stood at the centre of Chichester for over 900 years! ”
  • 70 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Beautiful sandy white beach with a walk to East Head. Parking is pricey after the Easter holidays and can get very busy on warm sunny days, but a popular destination.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Park
“Walk in by parking at one of car parks off of Ringwood to Verwood road. Great walks and cycle trails here. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Entertainment
“A wonderful day trip if you're a keen Downton Abbey fan or simply just a lover of beautiful historic houses. Ornate interiors, spectacular grounds and an amazing Egyptian exhibition.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great place to eat right on the seafront. Take a walk through Boscombe Gardens and Chine to work up an appetite!”
  • 53 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Great place to eat right on the seafront. Take a walk through Boscombe Gardens and Chine to work up an appetite!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Modern Art Gallery in a historic building playing host to a permanent collection plus visiting exhibitions. Also houses an exceptional restaurant and cafe. Thursday night is free entry!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Café
“Great stop along the river for a coffee, drink, lite bite or fuller bite. Open for breakfast, this place gives a lovely view of the river. Cosy log fire in the winter and both indoor and outdoor seating available.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Café
“At the end of a bustling pedestrianised street, amongst a variety of independent shops, ‘Coast’ sits conveniently on the edge of the High Street. The Restaurant and Bar is open from 9am till Midnight 7 days a week in the summer and is always busy with locals and visitors. The Restaurant has a very rustic look with exposed brickwork, mixed with quirky features. The recently expanded part of the restaurant features a traditional stone Pizza oven which is roaring day and night. The menu is often updated and contains predominantly locally sourced seasonal dishes, as well as the excellent aforementioned Pizzas. It’s a great place for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, with a great choice of dishes whatever the time of day. Because of it’s position on the high street, which is always busy in the summer, it’s a great spot for people watching whilst enjoying a coffee and watching the world go by. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great local restaurant - book ahead. At the weekend there is a speak-easy hidden bar above - ask when booking... ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Café
“Very busy in the Summer as you would imagine and booking advisable. There is a pay and display carpark next to Billys and the food has always been delicious”
  • 36 locals recommend
Café
“Floor to ceiling windows and heated outdoor terrace put you in prime position to enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views of the marina, Lymington, the Solent and the Isle of Wight. From breakfast to sandwiches, lunches and dinners – homemade cakes and pastries, fresh seafood, popular sharing platters and old favourites alongside an ever-changing specials menu.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Pub
“We recommend this place for great food and friendly atmosphere. Lovely garden and children’s play area, dogs allowed. ”
  • 26 locals recommend

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