Attractions in the Test Valley

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The Test Valley region is home to a number of amazing attractions, ideal for all ages. You’ll find fascinating museums, historic buildings, stately homes with royal connections, family fun parks and farms, theatres and vineyards.

Family Attractions in the Test Valley

From rollercoaster rides, animal encounters to getting up close and personal to flying machines, the Test Valley has an array of family attractions suitable for all ages. If your children dream of meeting Peppa Pig or concurring new roller coasters, they’ll love Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World.

Enjoy a day out at the farm and some cuddles animals at Finkley Down Farm or enjoy an exhilarating bird of prey show at the Hawk Conservancy Trust.

For young explores head to Mottisfont and discover the house and gardens or explore the grounds of Sir Harold Hiller Gardens. The Museum of Army Flying offers a day out like no other and the chance to see aircraft taking off and landing on the active Army Air Corps airfield.

Stately Homes and Gardens in the Test Valley

If you enjoy a gentle stroll through a country garden or exploring a stately home you will love what’s on offer in the Test Valley. The region is home to one of the National Trust’s most popular properties, Mottisfont Abbey Garden, House and Estate, which is famous for its walled rose garden with 500 varieties of roses.  

Just down the road from Mottisfont you’ll find Sir Harold Hiller Gardens with its world acclaimed water garden and collection of 42,000 plants from all over the world.

If it’s a royal connection you’re looking for head to the Broadlands where Prince Charles and the Princess of Wales spent their honeymoon. The estate and house is only open at certain times of the year so do check before you visit.

Houghton Lodge Gardens near Stockbridge is recognised as one of Hampshire’s finest gardens. Explore the ancient orchard, peony walk, themed herb garden and much more.  

Attractions in Romsey

The market town of Romsey is full of history waiting to be explored. The historic Romsey Abbey is home to a number of interesting features including the original Bill of Sale signed by Henry VII and Earl Mountbatten’s tomb. In a nearby street you’ll find King John’s House and Heritage Centre, which is a Tudor cottage in a former Victorian gun shop with a tearoom and cottage garden.

Discover Romsey’s railway heritage at Romsey Signal Box. This unique working museum is open twice a month to the public and has been restored to operational order. During your visiting you will be encouraged to have a go at pulling the various levers to see how the signal box operates.

For an evening out in Romsey be sure to check out the programme of shows at the Plaza Theatre.

Attractions in Andover

The town of Andover is located north of the region and is home to the Andover Museum and Museum of Iron Age. Inside the museum you’ll learn about the story of the town and see archaeological finds including a Bronze Age hoard and Saxon grave goods.

In the centre of Andover the Lights Theatre offers a jammed pack programme of activities, workshops, concerts and performances throughout the year.

Surrounding Andover you’ll find a number of attractions including Hawk Conservancy Trust, Finkley Farm and Thruxton Motor Centre.


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