King John's House
Tudor Cottage

Drawing of King John's House

Opening times:
Monday - Saturday - 10 am - 4 pm, all year round.

King John' s House is an early medieval building, once part of a major complex. Its true age remained hidden for centuries until it was ' discovered' in 1927 by a local historian who thought he had found King John's hunting lodge (c1206 - known from royal records). Regrettably, specialists now believe it dates from the mid-13th century.

The origins of the house are now unknown, but some medieval visitors left their mark by incising heraldic graffiti into the plaster of the upper room. The House has been used for a variety of purposes since then; downstairs there are remains of a floor made from animal bones that date from before the 18th century, when the House was a local workhouse.

The timber-framed extension was added in the late Tudor or early Jacobean period.

The House is available for hire for meetings and private parties. Telephone: 01794512200


  • Tudor Cottage Tea room
  • Entrance Foyer and Gift Shop.
  • Resource room with children's activities.
  • Exhibition space.
  • Wheelchair access on the ground floor with a platform lift to the upstairs of the Heritage Centre only.
  • Assistance Dogs only.


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King John's Garden

Opening times:
The garden is open to the public all year round from 10 am - 4 pm at no charge. (Not Sundays)

Garden picture The land behind King John's House was part of the medieval holding. The garden is run by "Friends of King John's Garden". The aim has been to create a period garden reflecting the historic significance of the site, where there were once 18th century cottages as well as the remaining medieval stone house and its timber-framed extension. Flowers, shrubs and trees are researched to ensure that they are compatible with these buildings. The garden is level with wide gravel paths leading from flowery meads to a waterside garden and on to a herb garden and more formal flower beds, all featuring plants known in this country before the early 1700s.

A focal point of the garden is a large courtyard, complete with pump and sheltered by the surviving spine wall of the 18th century cottages. This is being used at various times for a range of activities, including plant sales, quilt stretching, poetry reading and, most ambitiously, a Shakespearean production.

The newer Victorian Garden leads the visitor to the tables and chairs of Miss Moody's Tea Room for welcome refreshments.

Garden picture

King John's house now has its own WEBSITE HERE

Friends Of King John's Garden - King John's House and Tudor Cottage Trust Ltd
13 Church Street, Romsey, Hampshire
Charity No.276961

Please only use this link if you have reached this page from another Internet link

King John's House