Visit Romsey - Jewel of Hampshire -  Visitor and Tourist Information

Romsey Abbey is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in Europe.
The church was a great Benedictine Abbey founded in Anglo-Saxon times. And through the 12th and 13th centuries was built the Abbey you will see today.
Bought by the town from Henry VIII, it retains many distinctive features including two rare Saxon crosses, elaborate and fascinating carvings. With its light interior and warm stone, there is a rich variety of history to explore. You can see the deed of sale from Henry
VIII, a rare painted panel of saints and many other items of interest.
The Abbey is also the last resting place of Lord Louis Mountbatten.
The Abbey is now the thriving parish church for the town with events, activities, concerts and services throughout the year.
Admission is free and donations are welcome. There are guides and guidebooks available for a long or short visit. There is a gift stall and book shop. Open daily throughout the year.


The Town Hall is a magnificent Victorian Building located in the Market Place. The Court Room is a popular venue for weddings, civil partnerships, receptions and conferences.
It also hosts all the civic events held in the town throughout the year along with many fundraising activities.
The Town Hall is steeped in history and an ideal place to visit when you are in Romsey.
There is an Information Centre on the Ground Floor which is helpful to both visitors and residents.


Romsey evolved as a market town and the weekly market was long held in the Market Place but transferred to a quieter location after World War One. The traditional market finally closed in the 1960s, but today lively street markets are held in The Cornmarket on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The town also hosts regular farmers’ markets and occasional continental markets.

We would love to welcome you to King John’s House and its museum in the centre of town. Our compact site, all once owned by the Moody family, encompasses three buildings where you can discover a wealth of fascinating artefacts and memorabilia, from prehistoric times onwards, plus delightful award-winning period gardens.
In King John’s House, a medieval stone building, you can find a rare floor of animal bones and 14th-century graffiti among an atmospheric setting with costumed models and period-style furnishings. In the nearby Victorian home of the
Moody’s, come and see William Moody first with his sister, Mabel, in their parlour and then in his recreated shop.
To top your visit enjoy a light lunch or tea with home-made
cakes and scones in the timber-framed cottage tea room - or outside in the beautiful garden.
We have a regular programme of exciting and unusual children’s activities and special events.
King John’s House is also available for hire for meetings or
private functions.


Romsey Signal Box is a working museum which gives an insight into the life of a railway signalman. Visitors see how a signalman controlled trains as they passed through his area of control, with the special bell codes being rung out to announce the passing of trains and the levers pulled to set the points and signals.

Until 1982 Romsey Signal Box controlled the railway junction at Romsey in Hampshire, with passenger and freight trains running between Southampton and Salisbury and a branch line leading down to Eastleigh. The resignalling works carried out by British Rail meant that the box wasn't needed any more, and it was scheduled for demolition. Romsey & District Buildings Preservation Trust stepped in and bought the signal box and its lever frame, and with the co-operation of the local authorities the signal box was lifted into the grounds of the adjacent infants school. The Friends of Romsey Signal Box then became involved and restored the signalling equipment to working order.

Now the signal box opens at regular intervals throughout the year, and young and old alike can find out how it all works, and even act as signal men and women themselves, safe in the knowledge that although everything works like the real thing, you can't cause a train crash at Romsey Signal Box



You have an hour or two, a day, a weekend? Enjoy a walk in Romsey with a Green Badge Guide through Romsey's busy heart and less well-known places.

Find out about Romsey's surprising past, links with royalty, remarkable people, the significance of the river Test and look carefully at Romsey's diverse buildings including The Abbey, one of the finest examples of Norman building in England.

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Discover the impact and importance Lord Mountbatten had on the town of Romsey. This short tour takes you to the Memorial Park, the Town Hall and ends at his resting place in the Abbey. Leaflets available from the Tourist Information Centre and Abbey bookstall at £1.


Romsey is criss-crossed with streams of all sizes that meander through the town, appearing and disappearing in an intriguing way. Discover them by exploring the old town or buy ‘Walk the Water’ from the the Tourist Information Centre at £3 which provides a key.

Explore the Test Valley with FREE Bus travel - operates every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 1st May to 25th September 2011

Click here to download free bus time table.

Visit Romsey, C/O Romsey Tourist Information Centre, Church Street, Romsey, Hants., SO51 8BT Tel: 01794 512987

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