Hampshire is a county on the southern coast of England, the largest county in the South East of England and the third largest shire county in the United Kingdom with a total area of 1,400 square miles.

The county town of Hampshire is Winchester, the former capital city of England. The southern boundary is the coastline of the English Channel and the Solent, facing the Isle of Wight.

Hampshire’s tourist attractions include many seaside resorts, the Motor Museum at Beaulieu, with National Parks in both the New Forest and the South Downs. Hampshire has a long maritime history and two of England’s largest ports, Portsmouth and Southampton, lie on its coast. Southampton also has an international airport.

The county is famed as home of such writers as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, as well as the birthplace of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.