It may not be one of Essex's most popular tourist destinations, but the town of Basildon has excellent rail links to London from its three train stations - the journey to Fenchurch Street takes under an hour. You'll find a range of chain hotels in the town centre and on the outskirts of Basildon offering value-for-money accommodation for couples, families and those visiting the area on business.
Affordable Hotels in Basildon
Basildon's chain hotels offer affordable accommodation, and with most providing free self-parking for guests, it's easy to see all the area has to offer. With meeting rooms and free Wi-Fi, these hotels are ideal if you're visiting the area on business, but they're also family-friendly, with flat-screen TVs in guest bedrooms and complimentary breakfasts provided to start your day of shopping, sightseeing or exploring. Most hotels are within easy reach of one of Basildon's three train stations, with excellent connections to London and the surrounding area.
Stay Close to Basildon's Shops and Sights
The Eastgate Shopping Centre is home to over 100 retailers and is the perfect place to head for a day of retail therapy. Families looking to keep kids of all ages amused might prefer to head for the Festival Leisure Park, where you'll find a bowling alley, a cinema and a wide selection of chain restaurants and bars. Barleylands is a popular attraction for visitors to Basildon, with its craft village for shopping and its farm park. Don't miss the Glass Bell Tower in the town centre. Opened in 1999 by the Queen, the tower is home to the first bell cast by a woman, dating back to 1441.
Nature lovers can head for Wat Tyler Country Park, the gateway to the South Essex Marshes. The park itself is home to a sculpture trail and playground, as well as the RSPB Discovery Zone and Visitor Centre. At the Marshes, you can spot Cuckoos, Turtle Doves and Cetti's Warblers, amongst other birds.
A Relaxing Break in Basildon
Hotels here are packed with modern amenities to ensure you enjoy a relaxing stay, and with free parking on offer at most chain hotels, you don't need to worry about hunting for a place to park in the busy town centre. Most hotels are happy to provide cribs for children on request, and some also offer dry cleaning and laundry facilities, ideal for families or business guests.