Basingstoke is an interesting town with a mix of old and new and with museums and historical buildings to visit. There’s a large range of entertainment in the town, with The Anvil hosting a variety of performances including ballet, opera, drama and comedy and music. There’s also music at the Forge and drama at the Haymarket. There’s a large choice if you’re eating out, with restaurants ranging from Spanish to Japanese, and the town has a good selection of pubs and bars.
If you’re going shopping, the town has all you’ll need, and includes a large range of stores at Festival Place Shopping Centre. For business in the town, there are conference venues which include those at the Ark Conference Centre and the Hampshire Court Hotel, and the nearest major airports are Southampton Airport and Heathrow Airport.
Basingstoke Car Hire
Wherever you are in Basingstoke, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Basingstoke car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Why not visit these places during your time in Basingstoke:
This is an enjoyable Museum to visit for any age and includes recreated Victorian streets and shops, along with displays from various decades in the 20th century, and with a number of characters in costume. There’s a pier which includes a Penny Arcade and puppets, and you can also visit the sweet shop from the 1940’s. Visitors can see old lorries, trams and vintage cars, farming machinery and steam engines, and the recreated ticket office and miniature railway, along with a steam locomotive, and there’s also a Post Office with fun activities for children.
You can visit country house built in the 16th century, and have a guided tour around the house which was built for Henry VIII’s Royal Chamberlain. You can see such features as the elegant furniture, impressive Palladian staircase built in the 1700’s, as well as the Chapel with colourful stained glass. You can walk around the gardens and beside the lake, and there are also wetlands with a bird hide from which you can enjoy the wildlife, and walk through the ancient woodlands with a number of paths to follow.
You can visit this Farm for an enjoyable family day out, with animals to see such as llamas, goats and horses, with a number of smaller animals that can be handled. There’s also a range of fun activities including a huge inflatable slide, and bouncy castle, crazy golf and an adventure play area which includes a maze and large sand pit.
This is a lovely Park to come to and enjoy the picturesque scenery, with green space, lakes and a river. You can just relax with a picnic, or enjoy a range of activities including boating on the lake, model boating, riverside walks, and there are various trails to follow and a cycle path, along with a play area for children.
At this Museum visitors can see a range of archaeological collections including finds from Iron Age and Roman burials. You can also see recreated Saxon buildings, and various interesting historical items including clocks, watches and hair from the Duke of Wellington’s horse killed in the 1815 Battle of Waterloo, along with a wedding cake dating back to the late 19th century.
Basingstoke Golf Centre
There are a range of golfing activities to enjoy at this Centre, including a number of floodlit driving range bays, putting green with nine holes and a bunker, pitch and putt course with nine holes as well as mini golf, and the Centre also gives golfing lessons.
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