Alresford is the perfect place for strolling and there is plenty to please the eye

Alresford (pronounced Allsford) is a beautiful Georgian Town which for many centuries was a prosperous wool town. Old Alresford is mentioned in the Domesday Book but the present town of New Alresford did not come into existence much before 1200 at the time when the Great Weir was being built to create Old Alresford Pond as a fish pond for the Bishop's Palace at Bishop's Sutton and a reservoir for the mills along the Itchen. The colour-washed Georgian houses you see today rose from the ashes of great fires in the 17th Century but many retain their original 13th century cellars.

Now the home of the Watercress Line steam railway, so called because of its association with watercress farming, in what is now known as the UK's capital of watercress. The town hosts the annual Watercress Festival in May attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Voted Country Life's 'Favourite Market Town' in the south-east its specialist shops selling antiques, gifts, food, clothes for all ages, antiquarian books, pictures, china and crafts are a year round attraction

Alresford is the perfect place for strolling and there is plenty to please the eye - The Fulling Mill and Eel House along the riverside walk, St. John's Parish Church, the Millennium Trail and Old Alresford Pond, created by Bishop de Lucy, Bishop of Winchester, in the 12th century. Close by is Hinton Ampner House & Garden.

With pubs, hotels, restaurants, tea rooms and a Golf Course, your every need will be satisfied. And don't forget to visit the Watercress Line steam railway that runs from Alresford to Alton through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside.

Alresford is the perfect place for strolling and there is plenty to please the eye

Alresford (pronounced Allsford) is a beautiful Georgian Town which for many centuries was a prosperous wool town. Old Alresford is mentioned in the Domesday Book but the present town of New Alresford did not come into existence much before 1200 created from the ashes of the great fires of the 17th century.

Now the home of the Watercress Line steam railway, so called because of its association with watercress farming, in what is now known as the UKs capital of watercress. The town hosts the annual Watercress Festival in May attracting thousands of visitors each year.



Autumn in Alresford


Come and find that special bargain or just enjoy browsing in the local specialist shops for those special deals. Come anyway and enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate at one of the town's many coffee shops or even take a break for lunch. Walk off the excesses round the Millennium Trail alongside the River Alre.
Have you booked that special Lunch or Dinner yet - if not book now at one of Alresford's many pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy anything from Pub Grub to bistro dining and à la carte food.
Hinton Ampner House & Garden is now open all year round together with the shop and tea room.
The Watercress Line has a full program of events including the Diesel Weekend on 20-22 October and the Wizard Weekend on 28 and 29th.
Don't miss the Michaelmas Fun Fair in Broad Street on Thursday 12 October - one day only, or the Fireworks on the 3 November.


 

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Attractions at a glance.

14 - 23 April
Easter Days out with Thomas

21 May
Watercress Festival

10 June
Alresford Music Festival

18 June
Alresford 10k Road Race

10 - 11 June
War on the Watercress Line

August
Days out with Thomas

2 September
The Alresford Show

12 October
Fun Fair in Broad Street

3 November
Fireworks night at Arlebury Park

13 December
Arrival of Father Christmas

 

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