About Andover


One of Andover's most visited sights is the seventeenth century Rooksbury Mill, which played an important role in the town's industrial past. This Grade II listed building has roots dating back to the time of the Domesday Book but the present structure is typical of architecture from the Industrial Revolution.

Although flour milling ceased at the site during the early part of the twentieth century, the mill has been subsequently used for a variety of purposes including as a theatre. The surrounding grounds feature many attractive wildlife habitats and are run as a nature reserve.

Those with an interest in local history will find many fascinating exhibits on show at the Andover Museum. The museum, which incorporates the Museum of the Iron Age, charts the town's rise from a small Saxon settlement adjacent to the Danebury Hill fort through the middle ages to its industrial heyday and beyond to the present.

Motor-racing fans flock to the area most weekends due to the proximity of Thruxton racing circuit, which hosts a varied calendar of single-seater and saloon car racing, as well as offering a popular racing school for those wishing to take part themselves.

Just outside the town is the Hawk Conservancy Trust bird of prey park, which gives visitors a close-up look at over two hundred and fifty hawks, eagles, owls and other species. You can hold and fly some of the hawks and there are daily flight displays of both vultures and eagles.