Andover is a thriving market town with a rich history portrayed by the narrow streets lined with fine historic buildings. Visitors come here to every year to enjoy both the town and tranquil surrounding countryside.
The history of Andover can be traced all the way back to Saxon England, but most of the buildings that survive in the town today are from the 18th century; trace its historic timeline by following one of the many town trails, including the Andover Time Ring on the High Street. Further history can be explored by visiting Andover Museum and The Museum of the Iron Age. Here, not only can you learn more about the town's past, but also about the life of prehistoric man in the area.
If modern history is more your thing, then be sure to visit the Museum of Army Flying, which houses a fantastic collection of flying machines and even gives you the opportunity to fly an Apache helicopter simulator!
The town is considered one of the finest shopping destinations in this part of Hampshire, with an excellent selection of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs; there is a street market in town every Thursday and Saturday in the High Street.
Away from the bustle of the high street, the surrounding countryside of the Test Valley provides a welcome retreat and offers a number of peaceful walking routes, pretty thatched cottages in picturesque villages and cosy pubs. The River Test flows through the valley, meandering its way through woodland, undulating chalk hills and water meadows and is famous for its abundance of trout.
With fascinating history, excellent shopping facilities and scenic countryside on your doorstep, the holiday cottages in Andover are an ideal base for your cottage break in Hampshire, so check out availability now.