Less than two hours away from London, lies a cute little Georgian town which has recently been recognised as one of the UK’s best places to live. This little town in the Hampshire countryside has become a top touristy spot, yet it has a name that almost everyone struggles to pronounce.
Named one of the best places to live by blog Muddy Stilettos, Alresford (pronounced Alls-ford) is a picturesque market town lying deep in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, known as the home of UK Watercress farming. All the buildings are from the 17th century onwards as – despite the abundance of water around it – all burned down from the great fires of that century.
When visiting, many tourist choose to go on the Watercress Line, a heritage railway with unbeatable views. The 10 mile long railway line chugs through the Hampshire countryside, operating dining and real ale events amongst others. The carriages are pulled by one of a selection of steam locomotives and stops at four separate stations along your journey. It gained its name as it used to be the train line that took watercress from the county to the markets of London.
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The town is also well known for its lovely walks. It has numerous countryside trails with ranging times, plus many riverside walks for those looking for a more leisurely stroll. Once the walks are done, why not try one of Alresford’s numerous independent shops and eateries.
If you were looking for a cosy pub, look no further than The Cricketers, The Globe, The Horse and Groom, The Swan Hotel or The Bell Inn. If cream tea is more to your liking, then try The Arlebury Café, The Courtyard Tea Rooms, Party At The Mill, Tiffin Tearooms or The Sandwich Shop.
How to get there
A vision of Georgian town perfection, Alresford – not to be confused with its namesake in Essex – should be on your list of next best destinations to visit. You can get a train from Waterloo, with a bus the other side, which takes just under two hours. Alternatively, the drive there is only an hour and a half.
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