In Basingstoke you'll find a rich heritage dating back to Roman times and beyond and also the best that a modern town has to offer.
Basingstoke has many attractions for visitors, from pavement cafes and bistros to one of the south's best shopping centres, Festival Place.
The Anvil, with its excellent acoustics, is one of the region's leading music venues and Anvil Arts offers an exciting and varied programme of dance, theatre, opera, and comedy.
Alongside the Leisure Park, with its ice skating, bowling, swimming complex and cinemas, you'll find the fascinating Milestones museum. Here you can walk through Victorian and 1930s streets, explore the shops, houses and workplaces of yesteryear and discover what everyday life was like for our ancestors.
Fabrics such as wool, silk and Burberry gabardine have played an important role in Basingtoke's development and at nearby Whitchurch Silk Mill, which produces high quality silk for costume dramas and stately homes, you can find out more about this fascinating tradition.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside, with accommodation to suit all budgets and with excellent transport links, Basingstoke also has many nearby attractions. Stratfield Saye House offers an intriguing insight into the life of the Great Duke of Wellington, whose family lived there from 1817, while novelist Jane Austen attended balls at Tudor mansion The Vyne, originally home to Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain.
Basing House played a key role in the English Civil War while Highclere Castle houses an exhibition of ancient Egyptian treasures collected by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who discovered the Tomb of Tutankhamun.
Basingstoke's Roman and Iron Age heritage can be seen at Calleva Atrebatum, Roman Silchester, with its well-preserved defensive walls.
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Town centre is off Junction 6 of the M3.
Public Transport Directions
45 minutes by train from London Waterloo
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