VW campervan hire Southampton

Explore Southampton, the New Forest and Hampshire

If you’re looking to explore the beautiful South Coast on your next break, Kamper Hire has you covered with VW campervan hire Southampton. Once you’ve picked up your VW campervan, Hampshire and the South Coast is yours to roam. If you’re lucky enough to live in Hampshire or nearby, you’ll know what a beautiful part of the UK Southampton and the surrounding areas are. Hiring a VW campervan is the perfect way to explore all this stunning section of the world has to offer in your own time and at your own pace.

Whether you’re after a spot of retail therapy, are keen to discover some of the UK’s most breathtaking walks or want to learn more about the local history, here are some recommended top spots and activities to experience on your VW campervan hire experience.

VW campervan hire breaks in the New Forest

No VW campervan hire trip in Hampshire would be complete without immersing yourself in the beautiful New Forest National Park. Spanning over 500km2, the New Forest has so much to offer with its ancient woodland, open moors, heathland and cliff top walks. 

A visit to the New Forest Heritage Centre in Lyndhurst will take you back as far as WIlliam the Conqueror, and offers plenty of fun activities, art gallery and gift shop for all the family to enjoy. 

If you haven’t already packed your own bikes on your VW campervan, you can easily hire some at Brockenhurst’s Cyclexperience. With all-day parking available nearby, there is no need to travel in anything other than your campervan to get there.

Looking to stay overnight in the New Forest? Check out some of these top camping sites and start planning your New Forest stop offs.

Discover Lymington town and Keyhaven

After just a 30 minute drive away along the A337, you will arrive at the picturesque harbour town of Lymington. With a beautiful cobbled high street leading down to the harbour and onto the spectacular ‘sea wall walk’ along to Keyhaven village, you can explore one of the UK’s prettiest nature reserves, with stunning views across the Solent and the Isle of Wight. Slightly further on from Keyhaven you will find the famous Hurst castle, built by Henry VIII in the mid-1500’s. Walk to the castle situated at the end of Hurst spit and you will feel like you are within touching distance of the Isle of Wight.
The New Forest website is a great source of inspiration for New Forest VW campervan hire adventures.

Urban urges? Get to know Southampton City

Southampton is a port city on England’s south coast. Rich in maritime heritage, Southampton is famed for its association with RMS Titanic, and is where the cruise liner left from on her ill-fated maiden passenger voyage. The city is also home to the SeaCity Museum – otherwise known and the ‘Titanic Museum’ – where you can experience the story of Titanic in an interactive and engaging way.
If it’s retail therapy you want, Westquay should be on your hit list. Straddling the north and south sides of the city, Westquay is a modern and vast retail centre located at the heart of the city. It’s home to over 100 of the most imaginative shops across fashion, health & beauty and technology, including John Lewis, Apple, Marks & Spencer and more. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop for a bite to eat at the enclosed terrace, where you’ll find a delicious selection of restaurants and cosy cafés to tickle your tastebuds.

There are plenty of large car parks in and around Southampton, including at Westquay, so parking your VW campervan while you enjoy the city will be simple and easy.

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A fun day out for all the family

If you’re camping with the children, there are so many amazing activities for the whole family to enjoy in Southampton. Get your skis on at Alpine Snowsports or zoom down the slope in a large inflatable donut. If you have younger children, sledging is perfect for the little ones, offering the same exhilarating thrill as donutting.

For even more action and adrenaline, take to the treetops at Go Ape Southampton and tackle tricky tree-high crossings and speedy zip wires against the backdrop of beautiful water meadows and woodland.

There’s the wonderful Manor Farm to explore, too. Located inside River Hamble Country Park in between Portsmouth and Southampton, you’ll get the opportunity to meet the farm animals, see historic farming equipment and visit the farmhouse and wartime cottage. There’s no need to book. Just hop in your VW campervan and pop along during opening hours.

Looking for more inspiration for your VW campervan hire holiday? The Visit Southampton website is great for ideas and there’s a section detailing Southampton itineraries.

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