Hampshire is one of the largest counties in England; the Hampshire city of Winchester was once England’s capital city, and is the site of one of the largest cathedrals in the world.

While the county is largely rural, with some stunning countryside, it also has two major ports: Portsmouth and Southampton. The former is home to the Royal Navy, the Naval Museum and Horatio Nelson’s HMS Victory, while Portsmouth is the center of the UK Cruise Liner industry with deep links to the Cunard Line.IMG_20140716_0003-001

Both the region’s history and its modern life are to be found in these web pages, with details of places to visit and things to see and do, including an exploration of the world of gambling and online casinos. Interestingly, cruise ships are not allowed to operate casinos while in British territorial waters (or the territorial waters of many other domains). The valley of the River Test has been a home for flying fishing for generations and is the setting for much of Richard Adams’s novel, Watership Down, when rabbits being chased by an enemy force hatch a plan to escape on a punt.

There is also information about one of the biggest derby games in English soccer, featuring the huge rivalry that exists between the Saints (Southampton FC) and Pompey (Portsmouth). It will become clear that this English county is full of history, and has something to offer to everyone, whether their interests be in hiking and rambling, cycling, touring ancient streets, or just having a flutter at the casino.

The county’s rich and varied charm will win over any visitor, awakening the desire to return again and again.