A major shopping centre that opened its doors in 2002, Festival Place, at the heart of Basingstoke, is home to dozens of fantastic department stores. It's also conveniently located close to a wide selection of hotels catering to different budgets, and has more than 100,000 square metres of retail space.
What to Visit at Festival Place
With more than 200 shops, a Vue cinema, and plenty of places to eat out and have a drink, Festival Place is a shopper's paradise. It also has superb parking facilities, and provides easy access to Basingstoke's railway station, which offers fast, regular trains to central London. In addition, Festival Place is home to the Basingstoke Discovery Centre library, and is adjacent to Basingstoke's main bus station.
Top Hotels Close to Festival Place
Wherever you stay in Basingstoke, you'll be guaranteed comfortable, elegantly decorated rooms with decent-sized beds. Almost all Hampshire hotels now provide WiFi access, often in all rooms and most public areas, and many also have in-room tea and coffee-making facilities to help you feel right at home. If you are visiting Basingstoke on business, you might want to consider a more high-end hotel with conference amenities, printing and photocopying facilities, and high-speed internet access.
Other Places to Visit near Festival Place
Visit nearby Basing House, a fascinating ruined Tudor palace that was built in the early-16th Century and was once one of the finest private residences in England. The landmark is in the quaint village of Old Basing, which has been inhabited for more than 1,300 years and has many other beautifully preserved historic buildings such as medieval St. Mary's Church. Upon first inspection, Basing House appears more like an ancient ruin than a post-medieval one, and the site also organises a special re-enactment of the early-medieval Battle of Basing.
Spend Some Time at Basingstoke's Eastrop Park
Only a short walk from Festival Place and several hotels, Eastrop Park has numerous leisure facilities for children and is the proud recipient of a Green Flag Award in recognition of its high environmental standards. This park also has a large boating lake and a café where you can choose from a great range of tasty snacks and hot drinks.