Beautifully situated on
the banks of the River Test – world famous for
its trout and salmon - this market town grew
around ancient Romsey Abbey which was founded
by Alfred the Great’s son, Edward, and later
purchased by local people when the monasteries
were dissolved by Henry VIII.
Inside is a marble slab marking the burial place of Earl Mounbatten who was assassinated by an IRA bomb in 1979.
Nearby Broadlands House
was the Earl’s luxurious Georgian home.
It was used by two famous honeymooning couples, the Queen and Prince Philip and Prince Charles and Lady Diana.
Twelfth century Mottisfont Abbey lies north of the town and is run by the National Trust.
It boasts a remarkable rose garden.