Explore the local area & attractions
Nestled on the south coast between Portsmouth and Chichester, Hayling Island is a wonderful destination for a relaxing stay in the UK. There are lots of great places to visit near Hayling Island, making it the perfect place for the whole family. You can find much more information on some of the best Hayling Island attractions on each of our dedicated pages, designed to give you the details you need to plan a great day out on or around Hayling Island.
Whether you want to relax after the amusements or spend your day paddling in the sea, Hayling Island Beach is the focal point of the island. Northney Marina is a great place to visit on the northern coast though, not far from the Northney Farm Tea Rooms. From trips over to neighbouring Thorney Island to a round at one of the two
The Hayling Billy line opened for passengers in 1867, and primarily took holidaymakers between Havant and Hayling Island for almost a century before it was shut down.
If you’re looking for a lovely beach to relax on in West Sussex, Hayling Island Beach should be exactly what you’re after. Technically though, there are three different beaches to choose between: West, Beachlands Central and Eastoke.
A picturesque area which lies between Hayling Island and Portsmouth on the south coast, Langstone Harbour is a beautiful tidal bay where you can look forward to spending many hours exploring stunning natural environments.
If you’re looking for a fun-filled family day out in West Sussex, Funland Hayling Island is tough to beat. Sitting right on the beach along the picturesque south coast, this exciting amusement park has a range of indoor and outdoors attractions, meaning there’s always lots to do come rain or shine.
Fill your lungs with fresh sea air and get ready for a brilliant ride on the Hayling Island Seaside Railway. A great activity for the whole family come rain or shine, this narrow gauge railway is a labour of love where the staff are sure to give you a warm welcome.
If you want to be surrounded by spectacular natural scenery while you play a challenging golf course, Hayling Island doesn’t disappoint, and it even has a couple of options to choose between.
Recently refurbished and expanded to cater for growing demand, Northney Farm Tea Rooms are a great place to grab a bite to eat, hot drink or slice of cake in the north of Hayling Island.
A beautiful harbour bathed in spectacular natural scenery, the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty lies on the south coast next to Hayling Island in West Sussex.
Lying on the north coast of Hayling Island, Northney Marina is large and modern yet offers a beautiful rural setting ideal for a visit. With lovely views out across one of Europe’s biggest natural harbours, Chichester Harbour, the marina has excellent facilities and is well worth a visit both on its own or as part of a stay on Hayling Island.
A small peninsula which juts out into Chichester Harbour on the south coast of England, Thorney Island is a picturesque spot to spend a pleasant day outdoors. With beautiful beaches, a selection of lovely coastal walks and spectacular views stretching out before you in every direction, a trip over to the island could be a great way to complement a stay on Hayling Island.
Step back in time to an age when Britannia ruled the waves, as you plan a visit to HMS Victory. The most famous warship in the Royal Navy’s rich history, the ship holds court within Portsmouth’s historic dockyard at the mouth of the port city’s harbour.
Climb aboard one of the most iconic battleships in British naval history when you pay a visit to HMS Warrior 1860. Once the biggest and fastest Royal Navy ship of all, HMS Warrior is now a fascinating museum permanently at rest in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard since 1987.
Perhaps one of the most important sites in the UK for naval history, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a bit of a no brainer when it comes to things to see on the South Coast. It’s not just avid historians who’ll enjoy the venue, either – there’s also plenty to keep children entertained!
If you can’t resist a stunning view, it doesn’t get much better than those found at the top of the Spinnaker Tower! This epic observation tower sits in Portsmouth Harbour and allows visitors to see for miles in all directions. Measuring 170m high, it’s the ideal place to visit if you’re after panoramic vistas and awesome photo opportunities.
Whether you’re planning a fun-filled day for your little ones or you want to release your own inner child for a few hours, Clarence Pier Southsea is a great place to visit for all ages.
Get up close to one of Henry VIII’s favourite warships at the amazing Mary Rose Museum. Located within the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, this incredible venue is the final resting place of one of the most famous ships in existence!
Get ready for underwater adventures galore as you explore the depths at Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth. A great family attraction on the south coast, the aquarium makes for a fun-filled and educational day out for all ages.
Get to grips with the events of one of WWII’s most important battles at the D-Day Story in Portsmouth. You’ll find this amazing museum in the Southsea area of the city and it’s the only one in the world that’s completely dedicated to telling the story of the D-Day landings in 1944!
However you plan to spend your time on the island, there’s nothing better than retreating to somewhere cosy and comfortable for a good night’s sleep when you’re away. Mill Rythe Holiday Village has a great selection of self-catered caravans and lodges just steps from the east coast of Hayling Island, offering fantastic convenience as well as stunning views and nightly entertainment.