A market centre since at least the 13th Century, Basingstoke is sometimes referred to as the 'Doughnut City' because of its high concentration of roundabouts! It also has a great choice of hotels and restaurants serving various international cuisine, and has good motorway links to London and Southampton via the M3.
A Brief History of Basingstoke
Basingstoke existed long before the Norman period, and it is estimated that there has been human activity in this area of Hampshire for more than 5,000 years. An important Parliamentary stronghold during the English Civil War, the town was a busy textiles centre for many years, developing into a brewery centre by the Georgian period and witnessing significant population growth after the Second World War.
Enjoy Quality Accommodation at Your Basingstoke Hotel
Wherever you stay in the town, you'll be guaranteed well-appointed rooms with comfortable bedding and attractive décor. Most Basingstoke hotels now provide WiFi access, often for free, and many rooms are also equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities.
What to Visit In and Near Basingstoke
See Basingstoke's quaint St. Michael's Church, which dates back to the 14th Century and is a Grade-I Listed perpendicular building. The town is also home to the Anvil Arts, Hampshire's leading performing arts company, and is a short drive from the striking ruins of Odiham Castle, dating back more than 800 years. Basingstoke is home to Eastrop Park, a popular Green Flag Award-winning public space featuring a children's play area, a large boating lake, a paddling pool, and plenty of open space for picnics.
See Basing House
If you have time to spare before your hotel check-in or after your check-out time, consider visiting the captivating ruins of Basing House. These date back to the 16th Century and are made up of the remnants of what was once of England's great royal homes during the Tudor period. Unfortunately, Basing House was severely damaged during the English Civil War, although the gardens have been carefully preserved in their original landscaped style. This site also organises a special re-enactment of the Battle of Basing that took place here between the Vikings and Saxons in the winter of 871.