Basingstoke and Deane

Type:Towns & Villages

Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7LJ


Basingstoke is not, as is commonly thought, a “new town” - in fact it's an expanded market town with origins that can be traced right back to the Iron Age.

Today, Basingstoke is one of Hampshire's most prosperous and vibrant locations and is home to the UK headquarters for many global brands from Game to Sun Life.

Places to visit near Basingstoke

Despite its commercial success, Basingstoke has a rich variety of cultural and heritage attractions. The Borough of Basingstoke and Deane features over 1800 listed buildings, and Jane Austen was born in nearby Steventon - where she wrote several early novels. Other towns and villages near Basingstoke make this area of north Hampshire ideal for a relaxing short break

Things to do in Basingstoke

  • As for tourist attractions, Basingstoke is well-stocked with shops, restaurants and bars. The Festival Place Shopping Centre is the focal point for most shopaholics, with over 200 stores and 31 different restaurants.
  • If you're looking for something fun and active then Atmosphere and Flip Out are both trampoline parks situated in Basingstoke. 
  • Visit the remains and wander the gardens of Basing House – at one stage the largest private house in England. Today you can see the earthworks of a medieval castle, which predates the house.
  • See ancient artefacts and modern artwork in the Willis Museum on Market Place.
  • Visit The Vyne, a 16th-century house and a treasure trove of history - during her lifetime, the acclaimed author Jane Austen often attended dances at the house.
  • Step back in time at the Milestones Museum, a living history museum made up of a network of streets that recreate the Victorian era and 1930's Hampshire.

Find out what's on in Basingstoke this weekend with our guide to events in Hampshire.

Book Tickets


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Basingstoke is about 50 miles south west of London, is easily accessible via the major motorway networks of the M25, M3 and M4 and is well served by public transport.

What's Nearby

  1. Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery

    Discover Basingstoke and Deane’s past, from the rich archaeological heritage beneath our…

    0.17 miles away
  2. Hidden Britain Tours

    Hidden Britain Tours offer three full-day, Hampshire tours, the most popular of which is…

    0.18 miles away
  3. Crabtree Plantation

    This was originally part of the Hackwood Estate. Evidence of the historical significance…

    1.01 miles away
  1. Milestones Museum

    A trip to Milestones, Hampshire's living history museum in Basingstoke, brings the past…

    1.07 miles away
  2. iFLY

    iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Basingstoke is the perfect destination for a day out with the…

    1.4 miles away
  3. Basing House

    Discover the many stories of Basing House, a nationally important historical site. This…

    1.56 miles away
  4. Manydown Family Fun

    Manydown Family Fun is an amazing day out for all the family! The attraction is open…

    2.68 miles away
  5. The Vyne

    he Vyne is a warm red-bricked Tudor mansion built in the 16th century for Lord Sandys,…

    2.82 miles away
  6. Andwell Brewing Company

    Andwell Brewing Company brewed its first pint in October 2008. Since then, Andwell’s has…

    3.17 miles away
  7. Gorilla Spirits Co. Distillery

    Nestled in the beautiful Hampshire village of Upton Grey, Gorilla Spirits Co.’s…

    4.27 miles away
  8. Stratfield Saye House

    Home of the Dukes of Wellington since 1817. Unique collection of paintings, furniture and…

    5.52 miles away
  9. Odiham Castle

    Known locally as ‘King John’s Castle’, Odiham Castle is located within a tranquil site…

    5.67 miles away
  10. Bartley Heath Pottery

    Pottery handmade and decorated stoneware by Lesley and Michael Dixon. Commemorative ware…

    5.71 miles away
  11. West Green House Gardens

    West Green House Gardens is an historic garden with a contemporary twist.

    7.22 miles away
  12. Padworth Common

    Wonderful countryside sites, both hosting a wide varierty of plants and animals and…

    7.98 miles away
  13. Wellington Country Park

    Wellington Country Park, ‘The Biggest Outdoor play in Berkshire’, was established in 1974…

    8.49 miles away
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