The old market town of Basingstoke is located at the source of the River Loddon, in the county of Hampshire.
With excellent transport links, including bus and rail, and only sixteen miles from Reading, Basingstoke is an excellent destination for tourists. Many of the great attractions at Basingstoke have a fascinating history, illustrated by the living history museum “Milestones”, where the past can literally be experienced.
Willis Museum gives you a clearer insight into the local history of Basingstoke and London Street exhibits a fantastic array of architecture ranging from the 17th to the 20th Century.
Aside from its great history links, Basingstoke is also a great resort for retail therapy, with a number of both independent, unique shops and well-known high street brands. Basingstoke is very accommodating towards tourists and there are a number of choices for places to stay and excellent choices of cuisine.
Milestones, Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke RG22 6PG (01256) 477766
Housed inside a large modern building is a small village dedicated to a bygone era.
‘Milestones’ is a living exhibition of streets, shops and homes of the Victorians; Edwardians; and those who lived during the 1930s.
Willis Museum, Market Place, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QD (01256) 465902
Established in 1931 by local clock maker, George Willis, the Willis Museum houses a fantastic collection of objects from the last 200 years of Basingstoke’s history.
With different events scheduled, including Tudor wood and rope making to crafts and music activities, the Willis Museum is a great place to learn about the town’s past.
The Vyne, Sherbourne St John, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 9HL (01256) 883858
Reputed to have been visited on several occasions by Henry VIII, The Vyne is an excellent example of a ‘Tudor Power House’.
Owned by the Chute family for more than 300 years, the house was also frequented by the famous novelist, Jane Austen.
Now owned by the National Trust, The Vyne boasts 1120 acres of formal grounds, woodland and parkland.