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Test Valley

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Test Valley

Test Valley is one of the loveliest areas of Hampshire. Nestled between Winchester, Salisbury and the New Forest, Test Valley boasts beautiful countryside, chocolate box villages, the famous River Test and the market towns of Andover, Stockbridge and Romsey.

Test Valley runs from the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty right down to the New Forest National Park in the south.  Walkers, cyclists and horse lovers can enjoy parts of the 44-mile Test Way, which follows the course of the tranquil River Test, while the annual Test Valley Tour is a challenge for mountain bikers.

The River Test itself, famous for its chalk streams, trout and salmon, is a lure for fishermen and nature lovers alike.  

Test Valley has a fantastic collection of places to eat and drink, from top quality restaurants to cosy tearooms. There are also numerous attractions for lovers of gardens, heritage and the arts, from the Andover Museum and Danebury Hill Fort in the north to Romsey Abbey in the south.

Things to do

Discover the beauty and inspiration at the gardens, woodlands and walks of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, established in 1953 by distinguished plantsman Sir Harold Hillier or Mottisfont Abbey, with its stunning rose collection and riverside walks.   While Longstock Park Water Garden, Romsey Heritage and Visitor Centre, Highclere Castle, Whitchurch Silk Mill, the Museum of Army Flying and the Hawk Conservancy Trust also provide an enjoyable day out in memorable Test Valley.  

If you are looking to capture the Test Valley on canvas why not take a break in the beautiful rural setting occupied by Yew Tree Arts. You can take advantage of this idyllic location complete with artist studio.

Why not visit Bombay Sapphire and take in the crystal clear water and beautiful natural surroundings as you walk along the River Test. Step back in time to uncover the fascinating history behind Laverstoke Mill in the Heritage Room. Discover the ten exotic botanicals in Bombay Sapphire gin in the Glasshouses and Botanical Dry Room and then join the hosts as they take you behind the scenes of the unique Vapour Infusion distillation process in the Dakin Still House.

Rum's Eg is a stylish and friendly gallery in a spacious three-floored listed building in Romsey featuring, in particular, the work of Hampshire artists and craftspeople. See what's on in Hampshire for things to do this weekend in the Test Valley.

What's Nearby

  1. Danebury Ring

    A fine example of an Iron Age hill fort and an excellent vantage point. Many finds shown in Iron...

    1.78 miles away
  2. Fishing Breaks Ltd.

    Try your hand at trout fishing at the Fly Fishing School at Nether Wallop Mill. Qualified...

    1.82 miles away
  3. Houghton Lodge Gardens

    A haven of peace above the tranquil beauty of the River Test. Grade II* Gardens with fine trees...

    2.71 miles away
  4. Museum of Army Flying

    The Museum of Army Flying is an award-winning British military aviation museum about the history of...

    3.02 miles away
  1. Museum of Army Chaplaincy

    The Museum of Army Chaplaincy is a unique museum covering the story of Chaplains in the British...

    5.52 miles away
  2. Mottisfont Abbey Garden, House and Estate

    A romantic house and gallery set in beautiful riverside gardens. Carpets of spring bulbs, a...

    5.62 miles away
  3. Stockbridge Down Wildlife and History Walk

    Explore this isolated island of characteristic chalk downland set in a sea of intensively farmed...

    5.72 miles away
  4. Andover Golf Club

    The Andover Golf Club is a Members' Club. Established in 1907, it is a 9 hole parkland course...

    5.92 miles away
  5. Holbury Lane Trout Fishery

    Holbury Lakes Trout Fishery covers 40 acres of Test Valley countryside, and has been described as...

    6.06 miles away
  6. Hawk Conservancy Trust

    Set in 22 acres of woodland and wildflower meadow, there are over 150 birds of prey on view, from...

    6.15 miles away
  7. The Lights

    The Lights, Andover's professional arts and entertainment venue is the hub of creative activity for...

    6.47 miles away
  8. Andover Museum

    Andover Museum, from natural history to prehistory and local history something to interest everyone...

    6.49 miles away
  9. Thruxton Race Circuit

    Thruxton is one of the fastest circuits and one which has hosted many varied events.

    6.84 miles away
  10. Finkley Down Farm

    Finkley Down Farm is the place to go! There is always so much to see and do. You can join in with...

    7.43 miles away
  11. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

    Open all year. Over 42,000 plants set within a 180 acres garden paradise. Children's play features...

    8.15 miles away
  12. Romsey Abbey

    Romsey Abbey is situated in the centre of Romsey – about 10 miles from Southampton and Winchester,...

    9.11 miles away
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