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“Faascinating small house; excellent tea room; delightful garden”

King John's House & Heritage Centre
Ranked #4 of 17 things to do in Romsey
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Reviewed September 17, 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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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Situated on the other side of the road from Romsey Abbey, this is a good destination once you've finished soaking in the gloriousness of the Abbey! The entrance fee (only £2.50 at the time of visiting) covers both the museum (sorry, 'heritage centre') and the house, while the attached gardens are free to enter. The heritage centre is typical of many local museums, containing a jumble of interesting and not-so-interesting stuff in a converted house. (NB - don't go upstairs if you have phobia of mannikins - there's several lurking up there!) King John's House itself is one of the oldest buildings in Romsey (not including the Abbey) and is far more interesting than the museum, with lots of information on the history of the building and the town - again, watch out for lurking dummies, though! The gardens are small but perfectly formed, and the tea room on the lower floor of the house has outside seating so you can sit amongst the flowers, although we didn't do so. Definitely worth a visit, particularly when the entry fee is so low, and you're supporting a local organisation.

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Reviewed August 23, 2012 via mobile

Everyone who works here is very friendly. great garden. Lovely cafe with great cakes. Also POP in. Here if we come to romsey

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Hidden down a small alley next to the post office is 'King John's House', a small museum & heritage centre. Built & used continually since the mid 1200's, the house itself has good displays to explain the function & design of the building - but the main space is open allowing for exhibitions & educational visits. Whilst there is an admitance charge for the building, the gardens and tea room are free

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