Andover area guide

Where is Andover?

Located in Hampshire, Andover is a picturesque market town in the Test Valley. With its bustling high street, pretty narrow walkways and stunning architecture, Andover is a popular place to live and work. 

The vast majority of this town’s buildings were built during Saxon times, which adds to the intrigue[GB1]  of this area and its heritage. Jam-packed with charm, culture and character, Andover attracts professionals, families and retirees alike.

Every year, demand for property in the area rises as a result of its competitive house prices, outstanding schools, fascinating heritage and community spirit.

Average house prices in Andover

Andover is an attractive market town and a sought-after destination for young professionals and families looking to relocate.

If you’re looking to buy in Andover, here’s a closer look at what you can expect to pay for properties in the area.

The overall average price of properties in Andover comes in around £285,900, with detached properties fetching around £396,000, semi-detached[GB2]  properties selling for around £274,110, and terraced properties selling for an average of £232,010.

There are properties available to suit most budgets, however due to the popularity of the area Andover properties don’t remain on the market for long[GB3] .

What is it like to live and work in Andover?

Andover is an all-round great place to live. With its range of amenities, job opportunities and excellent transport links, this popular market town provides residents with a fantastic standard of living.

Andover is a popular and friendly town that harbours a real sense of community spirit. With a great range of shops, amenities, schools and rolling countryside throughout the area, it’s no surprise that Andover is a desirable place to live and work.

There are also plenty of leisure and sport facilities in Andover, as well as picturesque countryside and lots of social and youth clubs, making it a great place for those looking for an active lifestyle. 

Amenities in Andover

There are a fantastic range of amenities in and around the local area. For example, Andover’s theatre, The Lights, attracts approximately 100,000 visitors every year.

And, with a five screen Odeon cinema boasting the latest 3D technology, a leisure centre that is a sports enthusiast’s dream and a good variety of shops, restaurants and bars, there’s plenty to keep you busy.

Other popular attractions in the area include the Museum of the Iron Age, as well as Rooksbury Mill, Anton Lakes and the Ladies Walk footpath, where you can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing walk. 

Eating and drinking in Andover

There are lots of restaurants in Andover. Popular restaurants in the area include The Old Bell and Crown, The George and Dragon and The Hare and Hounds. Try The Lion at Clanville for local cuisine, and The Palm Brasserie, Light of Asia and Siam Orchid for a spot of lunch.

Captain’s Mezze Bar and Fish and The Fox Inn are also family favourites.

Schools in Andover

There is a great choice of schools throughout the Andover area, including plenty of high performing primary schools, secondary schools and colleges.

Some of the top schools include Harrow Way Community School, John Hanson Community School, Winton Community Academy and The Wellington Academy. There are also a number of independent schools, including Rookwood School, Farleigh School and Hampshire Collegiate School.

Shopping in Andover

Andover is a great for shopping - there is a great range of shops throughout the town, including independent retailers and popular high street names.

There are also a number of large retail parks and local superstores in the area too, including Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.

The best hotels in Andover

Whether you’re visiting Andover for business or pleasure, you will find a wide range of hotels throughout the area.

Popular hotels include The White Lion Inn and the White Hart Hotel by Marston’s Inns.

Top things to do in Andover

North Wessex Downs

Andover is renowned for its stunning countryside. The North Wessex Downs are a great spot to relax and unwind.

To explore the North Wessex downs on foot, you can reach the iconic chalk hills and highest peaks from the village of Longparish, which is on the Test Way - a 49-mile north to south trail. This begins on Walbury Hill in the downs and ends near the Test Estuary in Eling.

Thruxton Motorsport Centre

Thruxton Motorsport Centre is popular with driving enthusiasts who take their sport seriously, as well as those looking for fun on the track. Featuring what is described as the fastest circuit in the UK, this motorsport centre offers a huge variety of driving experiences for juniors and big kids alike!

During Formula One testing in 1993, Damon Hill drove his Williams car around the track.

Whether you sign up to the three karting circuits available or get behind the wheel of a McLaren 570S, Ferrari 458 Spider, Audi R8 or Aston Martin Vantage, you’re sure to have the time of your life.

Cottonworth Vineyard

If you love your wine, no visit to Andover is complete without stopping by Cottonworth Vineyard.

Producing exquisite wines such as the Classic Cuvée and Rosé Sparkling from Pinot Noir, the vineyard attracts locals and visitors to the area from the start of June to the end of October every year.

On Fridays and Saturdays, you can learn about sparkling wine production, including the intricacies involved in secondary fermentation. Make sure you treat yourself to the vineyard’s infamous “Winemakers’ Lunch”.

The Lights Theatre

If you’re looking for culture, live entertainment and thrilling performances, The Lights Theatre should be your first port of call.

With a jam-packed programme of musicals, theatre productions, stand-up comedians and musical acts, The Lights Theatre promises fantastic entertainment almost every night of the week.

During the school holidays bring along your little ones to enjoy a range of workshops, including interactive storytelling and child-oriented plays.

Anton Lakes Local Nature Reserve

Another fantastic escape from the noise and chaos of everyday life, Anton Lakes Local Nature Reserve boasts stunning landscapes, lakes, meadows and birdlife that can be enjoyed all year round.

The lakes in the area are an oasis for birdlife and you’ll also see plenty of butterfly species during the summer months.

Finkley Down Farm Park

Home to farm animals and family friendly activities, Finkley Down Farm Park is a great day out for the entire family.

Featuring an exciting indoor play barn, trampolines, tractor rides and a sand pit, this farm park provides fun for kids of all ages.

There’s also a crazy golf course and a whole timetable of animal activities. The park offers kids the opportunity to cuddle rabbits, watch sheep races, groom ponies and get up close and personal to snakes and other reptiles.

Seasonal events are held at the farm too, including over Halloween, Christmas and Easter.


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