Hampshire is a large county on the south coast of south east England. Major towns and cities in the county include Southampton, Portsmouth, Fareham, Farnborough, Farnham, Gosport, Andover, Basingstoke, Aldershot and Winchester which was the capital city of England in days gone by.
Hampshire is the birthplace of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force and Portsmouth is still home to a large Royal Navy base. Portsmouth and Southampton are amongst the largest ports in Europe and as a result, the logistics industry is a major employer in the county. Other industries that are prominent in Hampshire include aerospace, defence, financial, ICT and digital media, the latter particularly around Basingstoke in the north of the county. Hampshire's has many tourist attractions including the New Forest, the South Downs, Winchester Cathedral, the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Thruxton motor racing circuit and the annual Farnborough air show.
Famous people born in Hampshire: Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, both authors