As a staging post on the Exeter to London road, the market town of Andover has long been important for travellers as they make their way across the south of England. The railway arrived in 1854 as part of the London and South Western Railway, with links to the capital and Southampton. Trains to Andover today arrive at a station that is to the north-west of the town centre and has services to Salisbury, Exeter, Basingstoke and London Waterloo.
Travellers to Andover arrive in a fairly residential part of town, and indeed the historic heart around the High Street with its fine collection of 18th century buildings and narrow walkways, shops, cafès and pubs, is a fifteen-minute walk or ten-minute bus ride away. In the town centre, the Andover Museum and Museum of the Iron Age, The Lights contemporary arts venue, and the twice-weekly market are all well worth a visit.