Presentation of the destination
Fareham is city in Hampshire, located on the southern coast of England between the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton. It has a population of nearly 100,000 people. Archaeologists have found evidence that the area has been settled since Roman times. The city was historically important due to its large brickmaking industry, as well as its focus on strawberry growing. Today, the city’s economy is primarily focused on retail, defense jobs, and small scale manufacturing. The city is home to several museums related to its historical industries, as well as many well-preserved defensive forts.Fareham has a milder climate compared to most of the United Kingdom due to its southern location and the nearby sea. Average annual high temperatures are 9.8°C to 12°C (49.6°F to 53.6°F). The currency used in the United Kingdom is pound sterling (GBP), which is represented by the £ symbol. Fareham is also located in the Greenwich Mean Time time zone shared by the rest England.
Points of interests / things to see
Portchester Castle is one of the most important historic sites in Fareham. It was once an important defense site, and was built within the walls of a Roman fort that dated back to the 3rd century. It is considered to be the best preserved of the Roman “Saxon Shore” forts. The castle was built after the Norman Conquest, and includes a 12th century tower and a moat. The castle was used as a royal residence from the mid-14th century until the 17th century by English kings, and was a favorite hunting lodge of King John. It was then used as a prisoner of war camp until 1814. Today, the castle’s keep contains exhibitions on the history of the castle and Portchester village. There are also displays of archaeological artifacts found through site excavations from the Roman, Saxon, Medieval, and Napoleonic periods. As you explore the castle, an audio guide helps you to imagine what life was like in the building. You can also sit outside and enjoy a picnic on the over 9 acres of grassy areas, kick a ball around with friends, or fly a kite. Don’t miss the walk around the castle, which features breathtaking views of the coast and harbor.Location: Church Lane, Fareham Hours: Open daily 10:00 until 17:00 (October) and 18:00 (April through September), open weekends and occasionally weekdays 10:00 to 16:00 (November through February)Admission: Adults £5.20, Students and seniors £4.70, Children £3.10Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/portchester-castle/
Titchfield Abbey was founded in 1222 and used by Premonstratensian canons, an austere order of priests dedicated to scholarship who maintained an impressive library at the site. The abbey was closed by Henry VIII in 1537 and converted into a Tudor mansion by Thomas Wriothesley. In 1781, the abbey was abandoned and partially demolished, but the ruins were purchased by the UK government. Displays at the abbey inform visitors about the history of the site. In its prime, the abbey had a cloister surrounded by a chapter house, kitchen, library, dormitory, and abbot’s quarters. Its ruins show that it was once covered with impressive carvings and masonry, and surrounded by gardens and orchards. Its location near Southampton and Portsmouth made it an excellent stopping place on trips between England and the European continent. Important visitors to the abbey included Richard II and Queen Anne in 1383 and Henry V in 1413. It was also the site of the royal wedding of Henry VI to Margaret of Anjou. Today, much of the abbey still stands, including the nave and gatehouse, parts of the cloister buildings such as the library, and some medieval tile floors. Its fishponds are still maintained and are often used for fishing, while the abbey is also used occasionally for open-air theatre performances, concerts, and music festivals.Location: Mill Lane, FarehamHours: Open daily from 10:00 until 16:00 (October through March) and 17:00 (April through September)Admission: FreeWebsite: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/titchfield-abbey/
Westbury Manor Museum is Fareham’s local history museum, located in an 18th century manor house surrounded by a beautiful Victorian garden in a compass rose shape. The Victorian garden features rose beds, decorative urns, a sundial, and plants from around the world. Once you’re inside the museum, you can learn about how local industry has influenced the development of the town. One exhibit focuses on the city’s famous brick and chimney pot industry. Bricks made in the city were referred to as “Fareham Reds,” and were used all over England during the Victorian period, including The Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as locations as far away as the United States. Another exhibit focuses on clay pipes, which the city was a major manufacturer of due to its local chalk supplies. There is also a fascinating exhibit on Hampshire strawberries, where visitors can learn about how local strawberries were so important that a local railway line was primarily built so that the fresh berries could quickly be sold at market in London. Many visitors also like the interactive exhibit that provides a timeline of the area’s history and people, which includes stone age tools and a Roman curse on a lead tablet. Don’t miss the gift shop, where you can grab some delicious souvenir jams and chutneys.Location: West Street, FarehamHours: Weekdays 10:00 to 17:00, Saturdays 10:00 to 16:00Admission: FreeWebsite: http://www3.hants.gov.uk/westbury-manor-museum.htm
Bursledon Brickworks is a Victorian era steam driven brickworks that was founded in 1897 by the Ashby family. Bricks were made from clay at the site, which was originally dug out of the ground by hand in pits near the buildings that reached almost 40 ft deep at some points. By the mid-1930s, Bursledon Brickworks produced over 20 million bricks per year. It stopped production and closed in 1974. It is probably the only steam driven brickworks that remains in all of England, and possibly even Europe. In recent years, the steam engine machinery has been restored to its former glory and the site has been converted into an industrial museum. Collections include wooden brick molds, artifacts used in the handmade brick industry, and documents and photos related to brickmaking. There is also an exhibit on the various techniques used to make bricks and tiles over the past 200 years. The museum also offers hands on activities such as making your own bricks. There’s tons to see on the 10 acre site, from steam engines of all sizes and the old kiln to over 100 chimney pots. There are also play areas for kids and a cafe where you can grab a snack.Location: 148 Swanwick Lane, FarehamHours: Open Wed, Thurs and Sun 11:00 to 16:00 (6 April through 30 October)Admission: Adults £5, Students and seniors £4, Children £3Website: http://www.bursledonbrickworks.org.uk/
Fort Nelson is one of five defensive forts that were built on the summit of Portsdown Hill in the mid-1800s to protect Portsmouth’s naval base and prevent land attacks by the French. It is one of the best surviving examples of a Victorian fortress. Visitors can explore its ramparts and fascinating underground tunnels. It is currently owned by the Royal Armouries, and contains their national collection of artillery. The building itself has been restored to look as it did in the 1890s, and now features a new visitor center, cafe, and exhibition galleries. The galleries feature a variety of informative displays that teach visitors about artillery development from the siege machines used before the invention of gunpowder to super guns of the modern era. Other exhibits provide information on the working and living conditions of the soldiers who spent their time at the fort. There are also some fascinating artillery artifacts, including the impressive “Burmese bronze cannon” from 1790 that is shaped like a dragon, French guns captured at the Battle of Waterloo, and Indian and Chinese fortress guns. Live firing demonstrations are held every day, and the fort is also the site of military reenactments. Don’t miss the beautiful views of Meon Valley and Portsmouth Harbour as well.Location: Portsdown Hill Road, FarehamHours: Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (April through October), 10:30 to 16:00 (November through March)Admission: FreeWebsite: http://www.royalarmouries.org/visit-us/fort-nelson
Titchfield Canal is the second oldest manmade waterway in Britain. It was built to allow boat traffic to reach Titchfield, a village with a small port and market, after the Third Earl of Southampton ordered that a dike be built across the entrance to the River Meon which would have cut the city off from waterways. The canal was last used for transport in the 18th century, when a bridge was built across it. It is now used as an important local nature reserve. Visitors can take a two hour self-guided walk along the canal and enjoy the natural wonders of this wetland environment. At the end of your walk, you can stop at a pub in Titchfield for a drink.Location: Titchfield is located approximately 3 miles west of Fareham
Fort Brockhurst was built in the mid-1800s to protect the nearby city of Portsmouth and its port from French invasion. It was designed by William Crossman, and was one of several forts that encircled the city. It is currently an English Heritage property that contains many interesting items from the collections owned by English Heritage. These include artifacts excavated from various sites across the south of England, such as stonework, textiles, jewelry, furniture and other treasures from around the country. Today you can still see the parade ground, gun ramps, and moated keep.Location: Gunners Way, Gosport (approximately 4 mi south of Fareham)Hours: 11:00 to 15:00 second Saturday of the month (April through September)Admission: FreeWebsite: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/fort-brockhurst/
Southwick Brewhouse is a steam-powered brewery located in a building that dates back to the early 17th century. It was last used as a brewery in 1957. It is currently used as a brewery museum that provides free guided tours that teach visitors about local history and the history of the brewery. Even more fascinating is the museum’s step by step guide to the brewing process. It also has a shop that sells British ales, ciders, foreign beers, apple brandy, fruit wines, chutneys, preserves, and liqueurs. Location: High St, Southwick, FarehamHours: Wed through Sat 10:00 to 17:00, Sun and holidays 11:00 to 16:00Website: http://www.southwickbrewhouse.co.uk/
Explore the natural beauty of the Fareham area by visiting Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve just a few miles from the city center. The nature reserve has a visitor center that provides information on the local wildlife as well as a tea room where you can stop for a snack. Outside the center, you can wander the wetlands looking for wild deer and foxes, and enjoy birdwatching from one of the six viewing hides. Every season provides unique natural sights, from the arrival of cuckoos and swallows in the spring to sunbathing lizards in the summer, usually timid roe deer in the autumn, and flocks of visiting Canada geese in winter.Location: Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve is approximately 5 mi southwest of Fareham on the coastHours: Open daily from 9:30 until 16:00 (November through March) or 17:00 (April through October)Admission: Adults £3.90, Students and seniors £3.50, Children £1.95Website: http://www3.hants.gov.uk/countryside/titchfield.htm
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How to get there ?
By plane: Southampton Airport (SOU) is the nearest airport to Fareham. It is located approximately 15 mi from Fareham by car. It is an international airport that provides services to several destinations across the UK and Europe.Website: http://www.southamptonairport.com/ By train: Fareham has a train station and is connected to the UK’s National Rail network by the West Coastway Line. Daily services are provided between Fareham and Portsmouth, Southampton, Cardiff, London, and Brighton. By boat: Ferries provide services from various Spanish and French ports to the nearby city of Portsmouth, located just 8 mi from Fareham.By bus: A cheaper way to reach Fareham is by bus. Bus services in the area are provided by the First Hampshire & Dorset company.By car: Fareham can be reached by motorway from anywhere in England. The M27 motorway passes the edge of the city and provides access to Portsmouth, Southampton, and London, among other cities.Getting aroundVisitors to Fareham can get around the city and its surrounding areas in a number of ways. The city is well-connected to regional bus and train routes, as well as highways for those who prefer to drive. Within the city, walking or biking are the easiest ways to get around as well as appreciate the historical sites that fill the city.
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