We won’t be offended if you want to get off the Island for a while during your visit (just be sure to come back). Hayling Island makes a suprising convenient base for exploring the South Coast. We’re close to the main south coast highway (A27) and have great rail links from nearby Havant. Here are some of our favourite local, off-island, days out.
Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
The Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth is home to HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, The Mary Rose and a host of other naval attractions. You can get to the dockyard from Hayling either by catching a bus the other side of the ferry or taking a train from Havant station. More details at www.historicdockyard.co.uk
View Hayling from the Spinnaker Tower
Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower offers incredible views across the Solent and surrounding area, including across to Hayling Island. See the Spinnaker Tower website.
Walk the South Downs
Hayling is surrounded by beautiful countryside and the rolling hills of the South Downs are amongst the best of it. Take in the outdoor activities at Queen Elizabeth Country Park or use it as a starting point to join the Southdowns Way.
Take in Some History
The Solent area is steeped in history, and has some spectacular historic sites that offer a day out for all the family – all within easy reach of Hayling Island. Our local favourite historic spots include Portchester Castle, Chichester Cathedral, Arundel, Southsea Castle and Fishbourne Roman Palace.
Visit a museum
Whilst Hayling doesn’t yet have its own museum, there are plenty within a short distance of the Island. Our favourites include: The RN Submarine Museum, The Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum, Havant Museum, D Day Museum, Royal Marines Museum, Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, and Portsmouth City Museum.