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Basingstoke Rundown

Although Basingstoke has been around forever and was even given a mention in the Doomsday Book, it was developed as a ‘New Town’ to accommodate the population overspill from London during the 50s. This has lead to unfair criticism about Basingstoke only being fun for train and roundabout spotters (at one time it had the highest number of roundabouts in the UK).

But ‘yah boo’ to critics because Basingstoke has grown up rather nicely thank you very much, with a huge new shopping complex, Festival Place, restaurants, cinemas and the Haymarket Theatre on offer, as well as more than its fair share of cultural and historical attractions. And how can anyone say Basingstoke has no sense of fun when it features the Wote Street Willy – the largest sculpture of a penis on public display in Britain?

Situated on the River Loddon, the town is a famous for electronics, but has in the past turned its talents to industries such as brewing. Echoes of its industrial past include Basingstoke Canal which was built over 225 years ago, and although non-navigable today, has a towpath which makes an excellent scenic walking route.

BASINGSTOKE'S TOP 10

10. Milestones Museum is Basingstoke’s brilliant time capsule of social history.

5. Jane Austen’s House and Museum Basingstoke pad where she wrote classic chick lit.

9. Strafield Saye House & Estate was given to the Duke of Wellington as a reward for kicking Napoleon’s butt. Resting place of Copenhagen and his legendary battle horse.

4. Basing House & Museum Discover the history of Basingstoke’s and England’s largest Tudor residence with a hair-raising light show in the ‘bloody barn’.

8. Silchester Roman Town Remarkable ruins where you can see the entire perimeter wall and amphitheatre. ‘Me as a gladiator’ photo opportunities beckon.

3. Basingstoke Leisure Park is a fun-filled entertainment centre which manages to please all of the people all of the time.

7. Binfields Nature Trail is a 400 year old woodland walk where you can see rare butterflies and native birds.

2. Wellington Country Park has 350 acres of beautiful parkland surrounding a 35 acre lake. Prepare to picnic.

6. Basingstoke’s Fairfield Arts Centre A friendly gallery known for its permanent local art, and best of visiting Brit art.

1. Basingstoke’s Willis Museum & Sainsbury’s Gallery is a quirky mix of local history and internationally acclaimed art exhibitions.

BASINGSTOKE EVENTS

Every July Basingstoke Live unites the town in a two day extravaganza of music, entertainment and family fun.

The Basingstoke Festival of Transport takes place in May for a celebration of all things motor-related.

If you fancy yourself as a foodie head to the Basingstoke Food Festival in July with gourmet foods, celebrity chefs and live music.

World Party in the Park takes place in July, a Basingstoke event bringing together artists from all over the world.

The 5th November is Guy Fawkes Night so get down to the Basingstoke’s War Memorial Park to see the sky light up with fireworks.

The Basingstoke Spring Festival takes place in May, a fun event for all the family, traditional Maypole included as standard.

The aptly named ‘Marvellous’ takes place in Basingstoke in July, a two day festival of fun and entertainment with food stalls, fairground rides and live music.

Basingstoke’s Spring Market in March features food stalls and a great flea market of vintage furniture, antiques and collectibles.

The Travelling Souk Christmas Fair comes to Basingstoke in November with stalls galore offering home cooked food and exotic unusual gifts.

Celebrate October with Hampshire’s OctoberFest, a traditional country fair which takes place close to Basingstoke with rides, stalls and local beers.

WHEN TO GO

· Basingstoke has a milder climate than most areas of the British Isles, being based in the south with the stabilising effect of the sea and protected against harsh weather of the Atlantic coast. Basingstoke also has higher than average sunshine levels.

· Basingstoke has a higher than average UK temperature throughout the year of around 13°C

· Average rainfall is slightly below the national average, which is not to say you won’t need to bring a brolly.

GETTING THERE

· Basingstoke is on the main railway line from London to Southampton and also has a direct connection to Reading. The London to Basingstoke journey lasts around forty minutes with trains getting into London Waterloo station. Basingstoke station is located at the edge of the centre, close to shops and amenities.

· Basingstoke is convenient for the M3 motorway for those arriving by car, and the drive from London takes around one and a half hours.

· The closest international airport to Basingstoke is Southampton which is around 25 miles away.

Hotels in Basingstoke

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From US$102

1 Holiday Inn BASINGSTOKE

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Grove Road Map

Enjoy the tranquil ambience and comfortable accommodation at the Holiday Inn Basingstoke, which makes your stay a memorable one. GeneralThe hotel provides a well-equipped conference rooms with all... More

From US$89

2 Hilton Basingstoke

4 stars
3.7 / 5 7 reviews

Old Common Road, Black Dam Map

Leisure Escapes! - Rate includes hotel credit

Elegantly decorated and offering superb range of comforts, the Hilton Hotel is an ideal choice for both leisure and business travellers visiting Basingstoke. GeneralThis beautiful hotel offers... More

Wifi Rip Off
Booked in with a cheap deal of £50 on a Friday night at 8pm and was leaving the next morning at 7am. There was no free Wifi and they tried to charge me £14.99 for 24hrs use. Not good Hilton, i pay...
15 Jul 2015
From US$74

3 Holiday Inn READING-SOUTH M4, JCT.11

3 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

Basingstoke Road 500 Map

Offering contemporary service and high standards of accommodation, this property makes you to enjoy all the privileges, for an unforgettable stay. GeneralThis property offers state-of-the-art... More

Better than the average Holiday Inn
This hotel is a couple of miles out of town - which in my view is great. The location was perfect for my walk to work in Green Park. On arrival the room was only set up for 2 people but we had...
19 Oct 2013

4 Basingstoke Country Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 3 reviews

Scures Hill Map

Basingstoke Country Hotel Puma Hotels Collection is placed minutes from the outskirts of London and has Sandown Park, Epsom Racecourse, Waterloo, Windsor Castle, Thorpe park & London, Hampton Court... More

Nice Hotel
We used this hotel for just the one night as a stop over stay on our way to Devon. It was well situated and easy to find. The hotel reception staff were very friendly and helpful and the hotel...
2 Sep 2013
From US$91

5 pentahotel Reading

4 stars
4.3 / 5 7 reviews

Oxford Road Map

Rate Includes Breakfast

Assuring excellent accommodation, friendly customer service, the Pentahotel Reading Hotel is a great location for business travelers and for those looking to escape the hussle and bussle of the... More

From US$68

6 Mercure George

3 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews

10 - 12 King Street Map

Rate includes up to 40% off, Breakfast and more

Experience the comfortable accommodation blended with modern services at Mercure George Hotel Reading. Museum of English Rural Life, Museum Of Reading, Coley Park and Palmer Park are tourist... More

Great location for visiting London
Very near (5 mins walk) to Reading station. Allowed us to check in before 1pm which was useful. Situated on the corner of the main shopping street, next to the entrance of the Oracle shopping...
9 Sep 2013
From US$59

7 BEST WESTERN Calcot Hotel

3 stars
3.5 / 5

98 Bath Road Map

Offering comfortable accommodation and quality services, this property is the perfect base for you to reside whether you are in Reading for business or pleasure. GeneralBest Western Calcot Hotel... More

8 Audleys Wood Hotel

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

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Whether you are in town for a conference, a special event or simply a getaway, Audleys Wood Hotel Basingstoke A Hand Picked Hotel is the ideal choice for convenience and warm hospitality. ... More

From US$89

9 Hilton Newbury Centre

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Pinchington Lane Map

Leisure Escapes! - Rate includes hotel credit

Assuring exceptional level of guest service and convenience, Hilton Hotel Newbury Centre is an ideal base for business and leisure travellers alike. GeneralIdeal for business meetings or social... More

Weekend Get Away
A very warm welcome from Leona as we reached the desk. A delightful treat of a muffin and fruit juice before making way to our room. The double room was average size, airy and light with a large...
8 Jul 2014
From US$59

10 Days Inn Fleet M3

2 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

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Offering convenient accommodation and services, the Days Inn Fleet Hotel is the perfect base for business as well as leisure travellers. GeneralThe Hotel also features a well-equipped meeting room... More

Peter & Suzy
It was great value for money it provide everything that you could want in the right place at the right time. There is a back entry to the Hotel which enables you to visit the local area for what...
14 Apr 2014
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