Situated roughly midway between Portsmouth and Chichester, Havant is a thriving, well-connected market town with excellent transport links to London and easy access to the coast and sea.
Havant borough also includes the smaller towns of Waterlooville and Langstone Harbour, as well as the popular holiday resort of Hayling Island (think amusement arcades, shingle beaches, fish & chip shops, funfairs, olde worlde pubs, etc.).
The serene beauty of the South Downs – with its rolling hills and chalk downland – is right on the doorstep, while nearby Emsworth is known for its culinary delights and relaxing country or seaside walks.
Havant’s town centre dates from Roman times and is characterised by fine Georgian architecture and narrow, weaving footpaths known as “Twittens”.
The town has a twice weekly market (every Tuesday and Saturday) and is also home to the Meridian Shopping Centre, where high-street favourites and smaller, independent stores combine to make it the ideal location for keen shoppers.
From a property perspective, you are mainly looking at detached, semi-detached and terraced homes, as well as flats in old council housing and various new-build developments.
Prices fall into the affordable bracket for buyers, with an average property price of around £325,000 and plenty of homes in the £100,000-£250,000 range.
By contrast, the average rent in Havant currently stands at £741 per month, giving the town good appeal to a wide range of renters (of all ages and demographics).
Things to do
Staunton Country Park is a firm family favourite (and perfect for kids of all ages). There is more than enough to keep the little ones busy, with 1,000 acres of parkland to explore, friendly farm animals to feed and George’s play barn, with toddler soft play, climbing walls, bridges, slides, fireman poles and all other sorts of fun.
Keen walkers may enjoy the 13-mile Staunton Way – ending at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park in the South Downs – while nearby Hayling Island offers seaside charm and the chance to enjoy unspoilt beaches, watersports and various walking, cycling and running routes.
The idyllic little fishing village of Emsworth is a great place to spend a day – particularly for those who are into their food and art – while Langstone Harbour is a quiet, tranquil and picturesque delight and the perfect place to get away from the hectic nature of modern life.
For culture vultures, there is The Spring in Havant – an arts and heritage centre offering an eclectic programme of plays, music, films, comedy gigs, events, exhibitions, visual arts and interactive workshops.
Food & drink
You won’t go hungry in Havant, that’s for sure. Whether it’s pub grub, gourmet fare, street food, cakes and coffee from stylish cafés or good old-fashioned fish & chips (eaten straight from the bag, of course!), Havant caters to all tastes.
The town does a fine line in traditional tea rooms – 19 Fourteas Tearoom and Lavender Tearooms are both a delight – while the best British fare can be found at The Wheelwrights Arms.
Laura’s Kitchen is one of the best places for cakes and sandwiches, Aroma Oriental Restaurant offers wonderfully authentic Chinese cuisine and the Red Chilli will please lovers of Bangladeshi food.
As we said before, Havant is very well-connected and a good place for commuters and young professionals to set up base. Havant station serves both London Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour.
It also offers services to London Victoria via Gatwick Airport, Brighton, Littlehampton and Southampton, as well as long-distance routes to the West Country and Wales (although these are much less frequent).
Havant is also well-served by road and buses. Services from Havant bus station go to Fareham, Hayling Island, Brighton, Southsea and Waterlooville. The A3 and A37 are nearby major road links, providing good access to Portsmouth, the South Downs and more.
Southampton Airport can be reached in under 30 minutes, while Gatwick Airport takes just over an hour by train and about 1 hour 15 minutes by car.
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