Five miles North of Southampton on the West bank of the River Itchen. Eastleigh is called Estelei in the Domesday Book, and located in Mansbridge Hundred, its Saxon name was Eastlea in the survey attached to the charter by which King Athelstan granted land at North Stoneham to the Thegn Alfred in AD 932. The words lea, ley and leigh derive from the Old English leah meaning "a clearing in a wood" or "a glade".
The London and South Western Railway Company came to this area in the 1840s and built Bishopstoke Junction, now Eastleigh Station. This was followed in the 1880s by the removal from Nine Elms of the L.S.W.R. carriage and wagon works. From this time the town really began to grow, and in 1895 the Urban District Council was formed.
The name Eastleigh was chosen for the town by the authoress Charlotte Yonge, when the Parish was created in 1868. "East" suggesting a rising sun, a rising faith and a rising town.
Bishop's Waltham Nature Trail - A wetland nature reserve of national importance for its wildflowers.
Bishop's Waltham Palace - A grand palace of the Bishops of Winchester
Broadlands House - the stately home of the late Lord Mountbatten
Bursledon Brickworks - The centre for the conservation of the built environment.
Bursledon Windmill - Hampshire's only working windmill...
Eastleigh Museum - Take a tour through Eastleigh's past history
Hiltingbury Lakes - 17 acres of water, woodland and wildlife...
Itchen Valley Country Park
Lakeside Country Park
Manor Farm Country Park
Royal Victoria Country Park
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Tourist and Other Information sources
Local Tourist Information
For local tourist information please contact Hamble Valley Tourism on 0906 68 22 001 or visit www.hamblevalley.com where you can find information on accommodation, places to visit, events and much more.
Local Information Point
Hampshire SO50 5SF
Telephone: (023) 8061 2513
Eastleigh Borough Council
Leigh Road, Eastleigh,
Hampshire SO50 9YN
Telephone: (023) 8068 8000
Parking at Eastleigh
Eastleigh has many Public Car Parks all within easy walking distance of the town centre including the Swan Shopping Centre car park and the Multi Storey. Parking available in Leigh Road within a couple of minutes of the Tourist Information Centre.
Very good variety of places to eat in the town including cafes, restaurants and pubs.
Access by Public Transport
Eastleigh has a BR Station (service from London, Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester. Public Bus Service operate to Eastleigh from Winchester, Southampton and Portsmouth.