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“Well worth a look!”

King John's House & Heritage Centre
Ranked #5 of 18 things to do in Romsey
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

From the outside, this looks like one of those amateurish little museums that tries to make a lot from little - and in some ways this is exactly what it does - but this is a charming little house, with lovely garden and excellent tea-room.
The labelling on the various parts of the house enable you to journey with the architectural historians as they pieced together its history - smashing for anyone interested in archaeology - but the best bit is the garden. Lovingly restored by volunteers, its various "rooms" make it seem much bigger than it is and are a haven of tranquillity, bursting with cottage garden plants.
The tea-room promised gorgeous home-made cakes but was full of locals when we visited - not even enough room for the queue!

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Reviewed 28 May 2013

King John's House is a little gem. Forty years too late for King John and not his hunting lodge but still worth viewing. Loved the graffiti. The staff are absolutely lovely and in the tea room the cakes, scones, soup etc are all home made and the best in town.

1  Thank Shelley H
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

Only small (and easily missed when in a hurry) but none the less interesting.

Ticket also covers a tiny museum.

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Reviewed 17 October 2012

This is the best place for tea and cakes in Romsey (and I'm a local and a food snob). It is tucked down an alleyway by the side of the post office just by the Abbey. It is a medieval hunting lodge turned tea house/musum. It is at its best on a clear day when you can sit outside in the beautiful gardens with your pot of tea and cake. Served on mixed vintage crockery. They also do savoury yumminess too! But the cakes are my favourite.

I love this place. Who on earth would think of going to Costa or Nero's when you could have this piece of English loveliness?

It is also a museum and has some great exhibitions. History buffs should go just for the medieval graffiti upstairs. Graden buffs will love the little gorgeous garden, seperated into 'rooms' with individual themes. There is a small fee for the museum (think of it as a contribution to your national heritage). The garden and tea shop are free.

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Reviewed 17 September 2012

It costs peanuts to go into the Heritage Centre, which is a tiny museum telling the history of Romsey and the Moody family who ran a shop from this site. You then cross the tea room to enter the elderly and fascinating St John's House which, according to one guide, was built in the 10th century. An additional treat awaits in the tea shop, with all home-made cakes, but be warned, one of the eccentricities of English tea rooms is that they often shut at tea time. Last orders here, on a sunny September Friday, were at 3.45. You can sit outside then visit the absolutely delightful gardens. Not to be missed if you are visiting Romsey.

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