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Originally created to accommodate London’s burgeoning commuter population, Basingstoke has fast developed into a thriving town in its own right. With excellent shopping and leisure facilities, it attracts visitors from all over the local area and beyond, for family fun and evening entertainment. Basingstoke’s arts scene is going from strength to strength, the Anvil Theatre its shining star. It’s not all about the urban space though, with nature reserves and golf clubs set into the idyllic Hampshire countryside close by.

Things to see

At the heart of Basingstoke’s town centre is Festival Place, a vast shopping mall with over 150 stores and restaurants, as well as a multiplex cinema, so it could well keep you busy for an entire day. When you’ve had your fix of retail therapy, there’s more fun to be had at the Basingstoke Leisure Park, where you can swim, ice-skate, or even try indoor skydiving. The Leisure Park also includes the fascinating Milestones Museum, a working Victorian village, complete with period houses, factories and actors in character roles. In the evening, why not visit the theatre? The Anvil hosts a top selection of big-name acts from the worlds of comedy and music, as well as original theatre performances. When you need a breath of fresh air, visit the Mill Fields Nature Reserve, where you can tramp in the fields and spot wildlife. There’s also a play area for children.

Hotels in Basingstoke

Hotels in Basingstoke range from luxury historic properties to budget guesthouses. The luxury hotels provide a stay fit for a king, with Victorian-style wood panelling, fireplaces and 4-poster beds. Hidden away in all the tradition and history, however, you’ll find satellite TVs and complimentary WiFi access. Full spa services and superb restaurants are also provided onsite. Basingstoke’s mid-range accommodation mostly consists of brand hotels, which offer good facilities, including swimming pools and business centres, and bright, modern rooms. A couple of discount hotels are available too, with simple, comfortable rooms as well as freebies such as breakfast, WiFi and parking.

Where to stay

For a family break with plenty of entertainment and activities close at hand, Basingstoke town centre is the ideal location. You’ll be within walking distance of Festival Place, as well as other shops and restaurants. A wide choice of hotels, from mid-range brand hotels to discount B&Bs, is on offer. If you’re looking for a luxury escape in the country, try one of the magnificent house hotels east of Basingstoke, around Hook and Odiham. You’ll stay in a lavish property with extensive private grounds. The attractions of Basingstoke are within an easy drive, as are local Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

How to get to Basingstoke

Being within London’s commuter-belt territory, Basingstoke has excellent transport links. It is close to London’s 2 largest airports – it takes just 30 minutes from Heathrow and an hour from Gatwick. From Heathrow, you can take a direct coach or pre-arranged airport shuttle, or take the Railair express service to nearby Reading, from where there are frequent, fast trains to Basingstoke. From central London, there are direct trains to Basingstoke from Waterloo and Clapham Junction, with a journey time of 50 minutes. If coming by car, Basingstoke is close to the M3 and M4 motorways, so it’s easy to get in.

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