Romsey is a beautiful town located within the shire county of Hampshire, South East Region, England, United Kingdom. It lies along the banks of River Test approximately 8 miles northwest of Southampton and 11 miles southwest of Winchester. Romsey used to be a Saxon village that eventually grew when a Benedictine abbey was founded within it. The town is well known today for it's colorful history, historical monuments and its various events that takes place all year long.
Romsey is dominated by the awe inspiring Norman Abbey towering over a lively town centre. The beautiful historic buildings lining the narrow streets and central market place include the 13th century King John's House and many shops, inns and houses. Close to the town centre is the large park and Palladian house of Broadlands, once the home of the Victorian Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston, and later of Lord Louis Mountbatten. Visitors who wish to reach the area via private vehicles may take the roads A34, A36, M3 and M27. The nearest places from the town are the village of North Baddesley, Winchester and Southampton. Click here to get information on the area's parking spaces.
Top Attractions within Romsey
Monttisfont Abbey is a very famous monastery that was converted into a private estate by Henry VII when he decided to dissolve the monasteries sometime during the 16th century. The historical abbey and country estate is nestled along the banks of the River Test. Today the property is now under the care of the National Trust that ensures the preservation of it's walled gardens and historic house collection. Travelers are advised to visit the place in June to witness it's marvelous rose garden in full bloom as well as the events that go with it.
Paultons Park is located on the former Paultons Estate that was once owned by John de Palton of which was eventually passed down to John Touchet who led a rebellion against Henry VII. The park was built and restored to its former splendor by the Mancey Family who debuted it as Paultons Park and Bird Gardens on the 17th of May 1963. Today the park has approximately 50-60 rides and attractions. Amongst its attractions are the popular Raging River Rides and its latest addition the Peppa Pig.
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens also known as the Arboretum accommodates 42,000 trees and shrubs e.g. camelia, oaks and etc. The said garden was established by Sir Harold Hillier a distinguished plantsman on 1953 who was knighted 2 years before his death. His greatest masterpiece became famous for being the largest winter garden in Europe. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is open to the public 365 days a year. Its themed landscapes is perfect for special events such as lavish parties and weddings.
Broadlands is popularly known for being the former estate of the Earl Mountbatten of Burma and the initial honeymoon destination of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Located along the enchanting banks or the River Test this estate is both grand and historical in definition. It was once even featured in one of Churchill's speeches and has always been a part of English history. The estate's elegance is an ideal venue for different events. Though the estate is currently closed this year, its doors will be opened again during the summer of 2012.
King John's House & Heritage Centre is an impressive early medieval building. Specialists speculate that the house dates back from the mid-13th century, though its origins are still unknown. The place has three historic buildings located on one site and enchanting gardens that are perfect for hosting special events and other activities. This estate also serves as the town's museum and a perfect destination for tourists who wishes to find out more about Britain's cultural heritage.