Andover has existed for well over 1,000 years, having been established as a royal hunting lodge during the Saxon period. This town was the birthplace of the British judoka Kate Howey, famous for winning two silver medals at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and several other prestigious athletic accolades. Andover has a good selection of restaurants and hotels, and has good transport links to many other luxury country hotels across Hampshire.
Places to Visit in Andover and the Surrounding Area
Visit the Thruxton Motorsport Centre for some adrenaline-infusing circuit driving, flying, go-karting or power boating. This centre offers plenty of exciting driving experience and race meetings, and is also a popular venue for corporate team-building exercises. You can also visit the Hawk Conservancy, which has dozens of birds of prey in 22 acres of scenic meadows and woodland. Andover is also home to the historic Rooksbury Mill, which has existed since the 16th Century and has been carefully restored, with its grounds serving as an important nature reserve.
The Andover Family Fun Fest is a thriving annual event include a special classic car show, bingo, a parade and many other fun community activities. The town has also organised the Andover Festival of Motoring, a charity event that has helped raise money for medical research and includes a fantastic display of super cars, military vehicles, classic cars and other motor vehicles. If you are looking for romantic, elegant accommodation in the town, you could book a room at the Quality Hotel Andover on Micheldever Road.
Other Places of Interest near Andover
Just to the north of Andover is the North Wessex Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known for its scenic rolling fields and overlooked by 297-metre high Walbury Hill, the highest hill in south-eastern England.
Also nearby is the charming medieval city of Winchester, which is known for its grand cathedral, preserved medieval castle, the Marwell Wildlife park, the Gurkha Museum, the Georgian City Mill, and many other historic attractions and exhibition galleries. A short drive from Andover is the enchanting Esseborne Manor Hotel, a stylish county retreat that is only a few miles from impressive Jacobean-themed Highclere Castle, the filming location of the hugely popular TV drama 'Downton Abbey'.