Test Valley

Type:Towns & Villages


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The pretty Hampshire town of Stockbridge lies midway between Andover and Romsey in the stunning Test Valley.

The lovely chalk streams of the upper River Test, famed for its excellent fly-fishing, flow through and around the town and it’s here you’ll find the Houghton Fishing Club, the oldest fishing club in England based at the Grosvenor Hotel in the High Street.  

In the 1700s, Stockbridge was a 'rotten borough' and the town hall, now being refurbished, was given to the local voters as a bribe!  The wide sweep of Stockbridge High Street reflects its former role as a through-route for drovers bringing their sheep and cattle from Wales but now the street is home to popular tea rooms, pubs and restaurants and a tempting choice of independent, specialist shops.

If you enjoy poetry, the beauty of Stockbridge has also inspired many writers and there’s a poetry trail of ten poems, set in stone, metal and glass, around the town centre. It’s hard to believe that in the 1700s, Stockbridge was a “rotten borough” and the town hall, now being refurbished, was given to the local voters as a bribe! 

The Test Valley is famed for its rolling hills and tranquil beauty and not far from Stockbridge you’ll find many picturesque Hampshire villages with their thatched houses, pretty churches and traditional country pubs as well as the spectacular Test Way.

Things to do in Stockbridge

Stockbridge is also close to attractions such as the wonderful house and gardens at Mottisfont Abbey,Houghton Lodge, Longstock Water Gardens, Danebury Hill Fort and the Museum of Army Flying.

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  1. Danebury Ring

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

    0.07 miles away
  2. Houghton Lodge Gardens

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

    2.27 miles away
  3. Fishing Breaks Ltd.

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

    3.62 miles away
  1. Army Flying Museum

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

    4.7 miles away
  2. Farley Mount Country Park

    A large area of beautiful downland and woodland, including West Wood. The Park is ideal…

    4.9 miles away
  3. Stockbridge Down Wildlife and History Walk

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

    5.55 miles away
  4. Andover Golf Club

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

    6.12 miles away
  5. Holbury Lane Trout Fishery

    Holbury Lakes Trout Fishery covers 40 acres of Test Valley countryside, and has been…

    6.52 miles away
  6. Andover Museum and Museum of the Iron Age

    Housed in a Georgian town house built in the 1750s, Andover Museum tells the story of the…

    6.73 miles away
  7. The Lights Theatre

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

    6.79 miles away
  8. Museum of Army Chaplaincy

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

    6.86 miles away
  9. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

    Discover the beauty and inspiration at the Gardens, woodlands walks and breath-taking…

    7.17 miles away
  10. Hawk Conservancy Trust

    The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a visitor centre and conservation charity that works in the…

    7.3 miles away
  11. Finkley Down Farm

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

    7.47 miles away
  12. Theatre Royal Winchester

    Beautiful and intimate Edwardian-style Theatre venue

    7.91 miles away
  13. Winchester's Military Museums

    Five splendid military museums on an historic site with Visitor Centre, café displays and…

    8.07 miles away
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