Situated on a picturesque coastline, Fareham in Hampshire, United Kingdom provides a unique opportunity to explore a rich heritage of both maritime and national history, peaceful woodland walks, conservation areas plus an attractive safe coast line. The market town of Fareham lies halfway between the larger cities of Southampton and Portsmouth. It combines a High Street of characterful old buildings and a modern pedestrianised central shopping area. Anyone who has seen Portchester Castle near Fareham in Hampshire cannot fail to be impressed.
Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn once holidayed at Portchester but the castle’s origins go back to Roman times. Portchester is one of the best preserved of the Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ forts and was built in the 3rd century. Covering ten acres, it is the only Roman stronghold in northern Europe whose walls still stand mainly to their original height and with many of its original towers. The great guns of the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson look out over Portchester and the Solent from their commanding position on Portsdown Hill and nearby you’ll also find the military attractions of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Southsea Castle. Not far away there’s the tranquillity of Titchfield Haven nature reserve and for shopping and entertainment you can visit Gunwharf Quays, the Spinnaker Tower and Port Solent.