Alresford is known as the UK’s capital of watercress farming and as the home of the Mid-Hants Steam Railway – the Watercress Line.
The town's history is punctuated with fires, despite the abundance of water in the area, and the buildings that you see today rose from the ashes of the great fires of the 17th century.
Alresford is the perfect place for strolling and there is plenty to please the eye including St John's parish church and Old Alresford Pond created by Bishop de Lucy in the 12th century.
Despite its modest proportions, Alresford offers a surprising number of eateries, many serving watercress dishes; choose from a fine selection of old-fashioned pubs, smart bistros and traditional tea rooms. If you fancy something a little more spicy head to Alresford's Indian restaurant.
According to John Arlott, the cricket broadcaster and commentator who lived in Alresford between 1961 and 1981, Alresford Cricket Club was one of the strongest teams in England between 170 and 1795. You can find out more about Alresford's excellent cricketing reputation by following our Cricket trail which will help you trace it's evolution across Winchester and Hampshire's countryside.
Don't miss the Watercress Festival each May. The annual Alresford Music Festival provides the perfect platform for local musicians to perform alongside professionals. Grange Park Opera is staged in the crumbling splendour of one of the finest neo-classical buildings in Britain, Northington Grange.
By bus: on bus routes 64 & 67. For more information visit our local travel page.
By car: leave Winchester on the B3404 signed for Alresford, Alton and Petersfield. At Morn Hill roundabout take the A31 for Alton then a few miles further on turn left into Alresford.