Cheap Hotels in Hayling Island
Hotels in Hayling Island
To Portmouth's east sits Hayling Island whose sole link to the mainland is via Langstone Bridge. Book a Hayling Island hotel with us and discover this Hampshire holiday destination by the Solent.
By the sea
Hayling's three main beaches are each recipients of the prestigious Blue Flag. Hayling's seafront is made up of soft shingle and long stretches of sand. From here you'll have great views across the Solent, with the Isle of Wight particularly prominent. West Beach is especially good for swimming, and, to the east, Sandy Point's nature reserve inhabits undeveloped land that has barely changed in over a century. The grassland of Sandy Point Nature Reserve is rich with flowers such as creeping forget-me-nots and sheep sorrel which attract lots of butterflies. Many varieties of birds can be seen here too, including whitethroats, linnets and long-tailed warblers.
Trails and trains
A popular four-mile coastal path runs along the route of the now defunct Hayling Island Branch Line. Fondly known as the Hayling Billy, the railway ran between 1865 and 1963. The Billy Trail hugs the western coast of the island and consists of two paths, one for walkers and cyclists and the other for horse riders. Speaking of railways, kids will love the mile-long, 2ft narrow gauge line that runs along the seafront between Beachlands and Eastoke Corner.
A three minute stroll from Beachlands Railway Station brings you to Funland, an amusement park with rollercoasters, white-knuckle rides and traditional fairground attractions like the helter skelter and a crazy golf course. There are a host of indoor pursuits such as ten-pin bowling as well as traditional slot machines and arcade games.
Eating and drinking on Hayling Island
For good pub food prepared with local meat, fish and vegeSEOSITE_LEVEL_DESCRIPTIONs, and washed down with traditional ales or fine wines, The Maypole should do the trick. And you have a choice between relaxing in the charming wood-timbered pub restaurant or the large beer garden. A family-run tea shop providing tea, coffee and fruit milkshakes, MadHatters Tea Room serves home-cooked breakfast and a lunch consisting of quiches, soups and baguettes. It also provides gluten-free and vegetarian food. Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine is served at Bay of Bengal, a very popular eatery that's got rave reviews for its great food and service. And if you fancy learning how to make a delicious dish but thought you never could, Food Fiend Experience will help. Here they have a range of courses that offer camaraderie and cooking success in equal measures.
Shopping on Hayling Island
Mengham Road and Elm Grove provide Hayling with its main shopping areas where you'll find a supermarket, butchers, clothes shops and a few other small stores. Station Road has a few retailers too and at Gable Head you'll find a row of shops including the island's largest supermarket. For gifts and souvenirs, Eastoke Corner has a small selection of independently owned stores.
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