Welcome to Alresford

What’s it like to live in Alresford? Well, read our Alresford area guide to find out more.

Alresford was once voted by the Sunday Times as the best place to live in the UK. A vision of pastel perfection, Alresford (pronounced Allsford) is a handsome Georgian town of colour-washed houses. It boasts beautiful riverside walks, specialist shops and the UK’s capital of watercress farming.

The town’s history is punctuated with fires, despite the abundance of water in the area. As a result, the buildings that you see today rose from the great fires of the 17th century.

If you want to find out more about Alresford’s history and inhabitants, pick up a copy of the ‘Millennium Trail’, a self-guided walk that links together footpaths with illustrated boards around the town.

Despite its modest proportions, Alresford offers a surprising number of eateries. This means locals can choose from a fine selection of old-fashioned pubs, smart bistros and traditional tea rooms.

The Mid Hants Railway, known locally as the Watercress Line, can be found here too. Hop onboard one of the powerful steam locomotives for the 10 mile trip to Alton. Or simply take in the sights, sounds and smells of the superbly restored station.

Alresford offers all the traditional shops you would expect in a market town from stylish shops, arts and crafts, gift and antique stores.

Alresford is surrounded by many picturesque villages such as Ropley to the south-east, Ovington and Itchen Stoke to the west.

Some notable places to eat around Alresford such as:

  • The Globe – 15th century pub with a garden and terrace on the banks of Old Alresford pond, plus Modern British menu.
  • The Swan Hotel – Rustic-chic inn featuring contemporary rooms, an informal pub and an upscale dining room.
  • The Cricketers – Tranquil, rustic country pub serving local ales and a crowd-pleasing gastro style menu.
  • Bangkok Bistro Alresford – Modern Thai Restaurant.
  • Pulpo Negro – A ‘Michelin Star’ awarded local tapas restaurant.


For mainline train travel a 15-minute car journey is required to Alton station where there are direct trains to London Waterloo in just over 1-hour. The city of Winchester is accessible by car via the A31 in around 15 minutes with ‘park and ride’ being just 10 minutes away.

For more information about Alresford see our estate agents in Alresford page.


Alresford is a market town and civil parish in the City of Winchester district of Hampshire, England. It is seven miles northeast of Winchester and twelve miles southwest of the town of Alton.
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Things to do

There are some great things to do in Alresford, but the top attractions as rated on TripAdvisor are to take in the scenery on the Alre Valley Trail, visit the nearby Winchester Distillery and to play a round of golf at the Alresford Golf Club. Find out more here.

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