Fareham in Hampshire is located about midway between the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth, and staying in one of the Hotels in Fareham allows for easy access to both places, by motorway or rail. And the town also makes a convenient overnight stop for anyone catching the Isle of Wight ferry. However, Fareham itself also offers plenty to see and do and makes an excellent choice for a more relaxing weekend break, with lower room prices than its larger neighbours.

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Shops and Markets

While there are so many empty shops on UK High Streets, Fareham has somehow managed to keep its main shopping street thriving. Around 300 shops and stores are located in and around the pedestrianized central shopping area, and the town boasts plenty of pubs, cafes and tea rooms. Many shoppers come for the weekly farmers market and the town's traditional open air market, which has about 50 stalls. There's also a modern shopping centre with about 80 stores, including several of the most well known names in retail.

Historic Sights

Nearby Portchester castle offers a fascinating glimpse of what life was like in Roman Britain, as well as some spectacular views across Portsmouth Harbour. Titchfield Abbey dates from the 13th century and was supposedly where some of Shakespeare's most well known plays were first performed. Fort Nelson is home of many of the exhibits of the Royal Armouries, and has one of the best collections of artillery in the world, along with costumed guides who help to bring the wars and conflicts of the past to life.

Outdoor Activities

Fareham also makes a convenient base to explore some of the most beautiful countryside in the south of England. The Forest of Bere dates from Saxon times and offers a large expanse of open country within easy reach, with cycling, horse riding and walking popular amongst its heathland and woods. Covering about 86 acres, Holly Hill Woodland Park is probably the most popular of the area's open spaces; it's a great place to see shrubs and tress from around the world, several species of wildfowl, and a fascinating fern grotto. Swanwick Lakes is also a popular spot for observing wildlife and birds; the reserve features a bird viewing area, as well as various activities for children. And for a day trip a little further afield, the New Forest, with its roaming herds of ponies, and charming towns and villages is within easy reach of Fareham.