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The largest town in Hampshire, Basingstoke, lies in a valley that contains the source of the river Loddon. Situated 30 miles northeast of Southampton, 50 miles north of London and 20 miles northeast of Winchester, Basingstoke is excellently connected to a number of nearby towns and cities.
In fact, ’Doughnut city’, as Basingstoke is known for its high concentration of roundabouts connecting it to bypasses and ring roads, is a transport hub that links southern and central England. Which is why, when you arrange car hire in Basingstoke, so much is within easy reach.
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There is a wide choice of cars available to hire. You can travel in style in a classy executive car or take advantage of a budget car hire option. For those travelling with family or friends the spacious comfort offered by SUVs offers an attractive alternative.
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Basingstoke is at Junction 6 and 7 of the M3 motorway, linking it to London, Southampton and the southwest. The A33 runs northeast to Reading or southwest to Winchester. Driving east on the A30 will soon bring you to Salisbury, and heading northwest on the A339 will lead to Newbury.
Within the town itself the UK headquarters of many organisations can be found, including Sun Life Financial, the AA, GAME, Motorola and Palgrave Macmillan. The Milestones Museum offers interactive displays, such as a replica 1940s sweet shop, that bring history vividly to life.
Just to the east of town is the ruined Tudor manor of Basing House. Drive north and you can enjoy the expansive mansion and 16th century chapel at the Vyne.
The historic market town of Newbury is just 16 miles northwest on the A339. The River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon Canal run through Newbury, which is centred on a large market square. In the attractive heart of the city you can discover a rare medieval Cloth Hall, a half-timbered granary and many other attractive 17th and 18th century listed buildings.
But, the town is most famous for its racecourse and the nearby evocative ruins of Donnington Castle. For more than 100 years Newbury Racecourse has hosted prestigious meets. The highlight of its racing calendar is the Hennessy Gold Cup which normally takes place in late November.
If you don’t fancy a flutter there are some tranquil walks that can be enjoyed in the Berkshire Downs just outside the town. These are part of the North Wessex Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Or, there’s the real Downtown Abbey at Highclere Castle, which boasts extensive grounds.
It’s an easy half an hour’s drive north on the A33 to reach Reading. Also on the River Kennet, Reading is known for hosting an annual music festival in the summer, for its excellent shopping opportunities and for its economy. Despite its proximity to London the town boasts more commuters arriving to it each day than head for the Big Smoke.
If you are here for pleasure rather than business the romantic ruins of the 12th century Reading Abbey are fringed by the delightful formal Victorian gardens of Forbury.
If you hit the M3 from Basingstoke you’ll be arriving in Guildford in about 40 minutes. Keep driving to the centre to admire the magnificent medieval castle and landscaped gardens. There’s more history on display at a number of nearby attractions, including a 17th century town house, Loseley Park’s medieval manor house and Watts Gallery’s impressive collection of Victorian paintings and sculptures.
If you are visiting on a Friday or Saturday the cobbled high street hosts a market and a farmers’ market is held on the first Tuesday of each month.
In no time at all you could be in the glory of the South Downs from Basingstoke. This range of chalk hills stretch 260 square miles across the southeast of England.
The UK’s newest National Park offers green rolling pastures, wide open spaces, ancient woodlands, river valleys and a truly dramatic coastline. Traversed by over 2,500 miles of rights of way, park up and blow the cobwebs away on a walk through this stunning countryside.
Whether you’re looking to blow a few quid at the Newbury racecourse or blow the cobwebs away at the South Downs, there is no end of places to explore when you grab a great deal on car hire in Basingstoke with Expedia.