A modern suburban town with a family-friendly scene

The bustling suburban town of Hedge End lies east of Southampton. With a leisure centre, local theatre and a community arts centre, there's plenty for the kids to do here - archery, street dance and craft workshops are just a few options. You've got plenty of family-friendly options further afield, too. Try the fun-packed Play Shack if you've got toddlers to entertain, or take older kids to Houdini's Escape Room experience and solve your way out of a puzzle-packed room.

Meet the animals at Marwell Zoo

Set on the edge of the South Downs National Park, a short drive from Hedge End, Marwell Zoo is a great day out for all the family. With hundreds of animals set in 140 acres of zoo ground, you can meet everything from the snow leopards to the Humboldt penguin. Visit Marwell Zoo's special exhibit, Wild Explorers, for an unforgettable wilderness experience. Walk along the boardwalk to see the rare white rhinos, scimitar-horned oryx and Grevy’s zebra, and learn all about these fantastic creatures in the discovery zone.

First-class connections to the South East's cities

Hedge End's handy station sits on the London Waterloo to Portsmouth line, so the town is a fantastic way to explore the best of the South East. You're less than half an hour from Southampton, 40 minutes from Portsmouth, and London is only 90 minutes away. Planning a trip to Hedge End? For cheap accommodation at the centre of Southampton, try our Travelodge Southampton Hotel. Further north, Travelodge Eastleigh Central Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the South Downs.