How to get to Chilbolton Observatory

Contacts

Science and Technology Facilities Council
Chilbolton Observatory
Drove Road
Chilbolton
Nr Stockbridge
Hampshire SO20 6BJ

Tel: +44 (0)1264 860 391
Fax: +44 (0)1264 860 142
Email: Chris Walden, Darcy Ladd

How to find us

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expandAccommodation guide

There are two basically appointed study bedrooms at the Chilbolton Observatory, provided for the convenience of visiting scientists who are conducting experiments after hours or overnight. Note: there are only limited facilities at the Observatory, therefore these rooms can only be used for short visits. To book the Chilbolton Observatory bedroom accommodation please contact Elena Jackson.

Local accommodation

The following, not exhaustive, list offers suggestions of accommodation available near to Chilbolton Observatory. There is a bus linking Chilbolton, Wherwell and Stockbridge but the service is infrequent. Other places nearby are the market town of Andover (6 ½ miles) and the historical city of Winchester (12 miles).

Chilbolton village (½ mile)

The village offers a limited choice of accommodation and dining. There is a village shop/post office and the Abbots Mitre which has a restaurant and serves bar food but is non-residential.

Tefilah Guest House
10 Test Rise
Chilbolton, SO20 6AF
Tel: +44 (0)1264 860 553

Larch Loft (self-catering) (link opens in a new window)
Inglenook Cottage
Drove Road
Chilbolton, SO20 6AB
Tel: +44 (0)1264 860 649
Mobile: +44 (0)7973 862 954

Barton Stacey (4 miles)

Barton Stacey, a village with a pub and post office/shop. Located near to A303 and A30.

Travelodge Barton Stacey A303
A303 Westbound
Barton Stacey, Nr Andover
SO21 3NF
Tel: +44 (0)871 984 6007
Travelodge (link opens in a new window)

Stockbridge (5 miles)

A small attractive town with varied shops and a wide selection of accommodation, pubs and restaurants.

White Hart Inn (link opens in a new window)
High Street
Stockbridge SO20 6HF
Tel: +44 (0)1264 810 663

Three Cups Inn (link opens in a new window)
High Street
Stockbridge SO20 6HB
Tel: +44 (0)1264 810 527

The Grosvenor Hotel (link opens in a new window)
High Street
Stockbridge SO20 6EU
Tel: +44 (0)1264 810 606

Horsebridge (8 miles)

A picturesque hamlet with village pub, 5 minutes from Stockbridge.

The Nook (Self-catering and B+B options)
Fawnsmead, Horsebridge
Nr Stockbridge, SO20 6PT
Tel: +44 (0)7909 836 818
Email the Nook

Andover (6 miles)

A very busy market town with many shops, a varied choice of restaurants, pubs and accommodation. Close access to A303/M3. Train station operating a direct service to London Waterloo.

White Hart Hotel (link opens in a new window) 
Bridge Street, Andover, SP10 1BH
Tel: +44 (0)1264 352 266

Premier Inn Hotel (link opens in a new window) 
West Portway Industrial Estate, Joule Road
Andover, SP10 3UX
Tel: +44 (0)870 850 6304

Sutton Scotney (6 miles)

A small village with pubs, shop/post office etc. Easy access to M3 and the south.

Travelodge Winchester Sutton Scotney (link opens in a new window) 
A34 Sutton Scotney Services
Winchester SO21 3JY
Southbound tel: +44 (0)871 984 6265
Northbound tel: +44 (0)871 984 6217

Norton Manor Hotel
Sutton Scotney
Winchester, SO21 3NE
Tel: +44 (0)1962 763 000

Winchester (12 miles)

The historic city of Winchester offers an extensive choice of accommodation within the city and suburbs. It lies off junctions 9-11 of the M3, access for A34 and 7 miles from the A303. The train network operates a direct service to London Waterloo and Southampton Airport.

As there is such a large range of accommodation available, we suggest that you contact Winchester Tourist Information to locate a hotel that suits your personal requirements.

Winchester Tourist Information Centre (link opens in a new window)
Tel: +44 (0)1962 840 500

expandDirections

Note: Sat-nav systems

Sat-nav systems, if they direct you to approach via the A30, often send you on a route that bypasses Chilbolton village but includes a long stretch of an unpaved road only suitable for 4WD vehicles. Make sure to approach the Observatory via Chilbolton village.

M3 (London/Basingstoke/The East)

From the M3 West-bound, follow A303 signed to Andover. Follow directions as "A34/A303", leaving A303 at B3048 (Wherwell).

From the A34/A303(W-bound) (Oxford/Basingstoke/Southampton/The North)

From the A34 take the A303 exit West-bound for Andover. Leave the A303 at the fourth junction (B3048 signposted to Wherwell). Continue until reaching the village of Wherwell, at the give-way sign turn left crossing a small bridge, onto the B3420. Immediately after the road turns a left corner there is a road on the right signed to Chilbolton. Follow the road through Chilbolton passing the Abbot's Mitre pub on the left and village shop on the right. Take the next road left, Drove Road. Follow this road until it bears right, at which point continue straight ahead along a narrower, paved road. After approximately 500 metres you will see the entrance to the Observatory on the right.

From A303(E-bound)

From A303 either leave at A3057 junction (signed Stockbridge) - follow directions as Andover or remain on the A303 past Andover and take the B3048 exit immediately after the service station, signed Wherwell. Just after turning the slip road corner take the road on the left and cross over the A303. At the next junction turn right towards Wherwell, continue until reaching Wherwell village - follow directions as A34/A303 W-bound.

From the A3057 (Andover)

Leave Andover on A3057 towards Stockbridge. Follow this road away from Andover towards Stockbridge, for approximately 5 miles. As you enter Fullerton and cross the River Test you will see the "Mayfly" pub on the right hand side. Immediately after the bridge take the left turn signed Chilbolton. Enter the village and take the 3rd right into Drove Road (signed to the Observatory). Follow this road until it bears right, at which point continue straight ahead along a narrower, paved road. After approximately 500 metres you will see the entrance to the Observatory on the right.

From the A30 (Winchester/Sutton Scotney)

Drivers with vehicles over 7.5T see note below. Take the A30 towards Stockbridge, approximately 1 mile after the Hill Farm crossroads (Winchester/Wherwell), take the road on the right signed to Chilbolton Observatory (Martin's Lane). Continue until reaching a give-way junction, here turn left and follow the road into the village, turning left and the next junction signed to Leckford and Stockbridge. Pass the Abbot's Mitre pub on the left and village shop on the right. Take the next road left, Drove Road. Follow this road until it bears right, at which point continue straight ahead along a narrower, paved road. After approximately 500 metres you will see the entrance to the Observatory on the right.

From the A30/A3057 (Romsey/Stockbridge)

Take the A3057 away from Stockbridge towards Andover/Leckford. Pass through Leckford and on entering Fullerton take the right turn, immediately before the bridge over the River Test (near Mayfly pub), signed Chilbolton. Enter the village and take the 3rd right into Drove Road (signed to the Observatory). Follow this road until it bears right, at which point continue straight ahead along a narrower, paved road. After approximately 500 metres you will see the entrance to the Observatory on the right.

Note for drivers with vehicles over 7.5T

Drivers with vehicles over 7.5T following A30 directions should be aware of following route amendment as weight restrictions apply to certain approach roads. Drivers should NOT turn right at the Chilbolton Observatory sign, but continue to Stockbridge, where at the roundabout should take the A3057 towards Andover/Leckford - Follow directions as A30/A3057 (Romsey/Stockbridge).

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