Today, in many ways Alresford is the quintessential English small country town, with the friendly atmosphere and English traditions maintained throughout the ages. This "vibe" is owed in part to the fact that it is sufficiently inconvenient for commuters to London that the demographic of the town is mostly families and retirees, many of whom have lived there for generations. Young people who grow up in the town frequently move away for their career, then return to start a family. As a result, there is a strong sense of community, and a warmth towards visitors and locals.
The oldest and most picturesque part of the town is where Broad Street meets East Street and West Street. These three streets are lined with beautiful Georgian townhouses and shops.
By roadAlresford is just off the A31, between Winchester and Alton.
By busThe 64 (Winchester to Alton) runs though Alresford twice an hour and the 67 (Winchester to Petersfield) runs through Alresford every two hours.
Timetables are available on the Stagecoach Bus website.
Winchester has bus, rail and National Express links to all over the country. Alton has rail and bus links.
By steam trainOne of Alresford's main attractions is the Watercress Line, a preserved railway which runs from Alresford to Alton, and has a number of special events throughout the year. Alton has direct trains to London Waterloo running at least hourly, half-hourly during most of the day. There are also bus links to Guildford (65) and Basingstoke (28/X28).
Alresford is a small town, and its attractions are concentrated into a fairly small area. As a result, walking is the easiest mode of transport. If you have a car, it's best to park at Station Yard, Perins School, Broad Street (except Thursday, which is Market Day), West Street, or Arlebury Park.
Brandy Mount HouseNational Plant Collection of snowdrops.
The Fulling MillHalf-timbered mill.
address: NorthingtonView the exterior of this 19th century Greek revival country house.
phone: +44 1962 733810Steam-train running 10 miles (16 km) from New Alresford to Alton. The stations and trains are carefully restored to bring back the atmosphere of a Southern Railway journey in the first decades of the 20th century.
Alresford ShowAgricultural show: animals, local food and drink, shopping, children’s free entertainment. Free parking.
Watercress FestivalAlresford was a major centre for watercress growing in Victorian times. The festival has market stalls, musical performances and a watercress eating competition.
Souvenirs of the town, including tea trays, mugs and calendars, can be bought at the Alresford Gift Shop, and antique photographs of the town can be purchased from Alresford Heritage, through Oakleaf Stationery Shop, 56 West Street, Alresford.
phone: +44 1962 732302address: 11 West St, SO24 9AD