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Situated in Basingstoke, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Willis Museum, Festival Place and The Anvil. Viables Crafts Centre and Milestones Museum ...
£45 per night for 2 guests
Situated in Basingstoke, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Festival Place and The Anvil. Willis Museum and Milestones Museum are also within ...
£102 per night for 2 guests
Situated in Basingstoke, this inn is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from St Mary's Church and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Bombay Sapphire Distillery. Whitchurch Silk Mill and Basingstoke ...
£109 per night for 2 guests
Situated in Basingstoke, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Basingstoke Golf Club and within 6 miles (10 km) of St Mary's Church and Viables Crafts Centre. Bombay ...
£45 per night for 2 guests
Situated in Basingstoke, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mill Field Nature Reserves and Basing House. Festival Place and The Anvil are also within ...
£64 per night for 2 guests
Situated in Basingstoke, this apartment building is close to Festival Place, The Anvil and Willis Museum. Also nearby are Milestones Museum and Basing ...
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Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Basingstoke Leisure Park, Milestones Museum and Bombay Sapphire Distillery. Basingstoke Golf ...
£108 per night for 2 guests
Situated in the suburbs, this romantic hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Willis Museum, Viables Crafts Centre and Festival Place. The Anvil and Mill Field Nature ...
£85 per night for 2 guests
Situated in the suburbs, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Festival Place and The Anvil. Willis Museum and Milestones Museum are also within 2 miles ...
£59 per night for 2 guests
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Basingstoke, the largest town in the county of Hampshire in south-central England, is located 48 kilometres northeast of Southampton and 77 kilometres southwest of London. It’s often teasingly dubbed ’Doughnut City‘ or ’Roundabout City‘ because of the large number of roundabouts found here.
Basingstoke started life as a market town, but increased in stature to become an important economic centre during the 2nd half of the 20th century. Today it’s home to the UK headquarters of several notable companies including ST-Ericsson, Motorola, Eli Lilly, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions and many more.
Its former town hall now houses the Willis Museum, which was founded by Alderman George W Willis, a clocksmith who also served as Basingstoke’s mayor. The museum documents the town’s local history, with an emphasis on historic implements made by Willis, as well as antique clocks and watches. The building was also once used as a dance hall, where author Jane Austen and her sister used to attend dances. Austen was born a few miles away in the village of Steventon, though some believe that her opus Pride and Prejudice, though set predominantly in nearby Hertfordshire, was based on her experiences of Basingstoke society 2 centuries ago.
Being a town geared for business more than high-end tourism, Basingstoke hotels tend to be in the mid-range price category, although a few 4- and 5-star properties can be found in the village of Hook, a short drive away. Hotels in Reading, situated 27 kilometres northeast of the town, are also a popular alternative.
Due to the number of business visitors Basingstoke attracts, many hotels in the area offer amenities tailored to these needs – high-speed Wi-Fi and conference centres are a common staple, while health clubs and deep-soaking tubs mean that corporate travel is anything but a chore.
Hotels in the village of Hook promise a more rural setting. The 4-star Audleys Wood Hotel, which is surrounded by woodlands and 3 hectares of private grounds, is a particularly admirable choice, thanks in large part to its restaurant, which has been awarded 2 Rosettes for its high-quality cuisine.
For breakfast-inclusive rates and attentive service, bed and breakfasts are the way to go. You’ll have access to all the comforts of a standard hotel, plus a home-cooked breakfast in the morning and a more relaxed ambience. The Cricketers in Reading, for instance, offers 3 individually styled en suite rooms with king-size beds, power showers and complimentary toiletries, and the owners promise a wholesome breakfast using local produce.
The Milestones Museum of Living History in Basingstoke’s Leisure Park is the first port of call for most family groups. The museum is known for its engaging recreations of a shopping district from Victorian times – think vehicles, shops, homes and more – as well as a typical village from 1930s Hampshire. You’ll even meet costumed characters from the era as you explore, adding an entertaining yet informative insight into local history.
A one-of-a-kind trip back in time also awaits you at The Vyne, a National Trust country house in the village of Sherborne St John just outside Basingstoke. The Vyne’s 16th-century stained-glass chapel offers an immersive experience with its ‘soundscape’ audio illusion – it brings to life the sounds of a Tudor Lady Mass, as would have been heard by Henry VIII almost 500 years ago.
On the banks of Basingstoke Canal, near Odiham, lie the ruins of Odiham Castle, also known locally as King John’s Castle, one of 3 fortresses built by King John during his reign and well worth a visit. It is believed he chose the location due to its strategic mid-point position between the strongholds at Winchester and Windsor.
Racing enthusiasts won’t want to miss a visit to Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire to experience a day of quintessential British thoroughbred horse racing. The racecourse is located 40 kilometres northeast of Basingstoke and is serviced by a frequent train connection. From Ascot, the magnificent Windsor Castle is only 11 kilometres away, should you fancy a tour of the royal residence. Don’t miss St George’s Chapel, the burial place of numerous English monarchs including Henry VIII and his 3rd wife Jane Seymour.
Forty kilometres southwest of Basingstoke lies Winchester Cathedral, a beautiful Grade I-listed Medieval Anglican cathedral that certainly merits a visit. Jane Austen, who died in Winchester in 1817, is buried in the north aisle of the cathedral’s nave. The cathedral holds 3 memorials to the novelist including an impressive stained-glass window. If you’re travelling with children, why not pop into Marwell Zoo in Owslebury for a close-up view of the wonders of the natural world? The zoo is home to 1,200 animals across 135 different species and makes for a great half-day attraction.
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