Situated eleven miles South West of Winchester. Area 493 hectares, with a population of nearly 13,000. Romsey developed where the routes between Southampton, Salisbury and Winchester cross the Test, the lowest point at which the river can be conveniently bridged. Here in A.D. 907 Benedictine nuns established a community and the massive Norman Abbey still dominating the town stands on the remains of their Saxon church. Romsey has been granted two Charters, one in 1607 by James I and another in 1698 by William III.
The prosperous wool trade enjoyed by the town in earlier times declined during the 19th Century but was followed by a thriving brewing industry. The swift flowing streams of the Test provided a source of energy utilised from earliest times, and at one of the remaining mills salmon can be seen leaping on their journey upstream to spawn.
There are examples of most styles of architecture in the town, and the Market Place, which dates from soon after the establishment of the Abbey, retains much of its original shape.
Broadlands - The prestigious stately home of the
late Lord Mountbatten
Farley Mount Country Park - Possibly the finest views in central Hampshire, and local walks lead to the villages of Farley Chamberlayne and Ashley
Houghton Lodge Gardens, Stockbridge - Idyllically set on the River Test
Longstock Water Gardens - One of the finest water gardens in the world
Mottisfont Abbey Garden - The walled gardens are internationally-renowned for the national collection of old fashioned roses
Paulton's Park - The South's premier family fun park
Romsey Abbey - A marvellous example of Norman and Early English architecture
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens - One of Britain's finest collections of hardy trees and shrubs from around the world
The Clarendon Way - Winchester to Salisbury via Houghton and King's Somborne (24 miles)
The Test Way - Inkpen Beacon to Totton via Romsey and Stockbridge (46 miles)
Local Tourist Information
13 Church Street,
Hampshire SO51 8BT
Telephone: (01794) 512987
Local Information Point
Hampshire SO51 8DN
Telephone: (01794) 513299
Test Valley Borough Council,
Hampshire SP10 3AJ
Telephone: (01264) 368000
Public car parks are situated around the town centre with easy access to the High Street.
A good variety of pubs and places to eat.
Romsey has a BR Station (service from Waterloo, Salisbury, Southampton, Winchester). Public Bus Services operate to Romsey from Winchester, Southampton and Salisbury.