As we have described in some of our previous blog posts about discovering holiday ideas in England, there is so much right on our doorstep worth seeing and exploring. In today’s blog, we are going to take the opportunity to show you why Basingstoke has more than you might expect for a weekend away in the heart of Hampshire!
For those travelling to the town of Basingstoke, it is an easy place to reach from the South of England. As it’s virtually equidistant between London and Southampton, you can easily drive to the town by following the M6. Plus, there are good rail connections from London and other larger towns in the surrounding area if you’d rather leave the car. You can’t escape the countryside feel of coming into Hampshire as you feel you’re outside the hubbub of London by just travelling a few miles along the road.
North Wessex Downs
Just to the North of the town, covering some 600 square miles, you’ll find pristine rolling English countryside in the form of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Basingstoke acts as an ideal base to explore this particularly picturesque part of England. Visitors can enjoy many of the trails and walks that are dotted across this part of the countryside, but you have Basingstoke just back along the road where you can return to your home comforts after a day’s ramble!
One of the most popular attractions to visit in the town of Basingstoke is the Milestones Museum. This is a living museum that gives guests the experience of being transported back in time to the Victorian era, right up to the 1940s. Some stand-out exhibits include a faithful recreation of a 1940’s sweet shop, a Victorian school and a functional printing press. Make sure you read up on the latest Covid guidelines before booking your visit!
For those looking to delve deeper into the history of the area, a visit to The Vyne should be added to your to-do list. This Tudor Grade I listed country house can be found in the nearby hamlet of Sherborne St John and was originally built in the 16th Century. The house is now in possession of the National Trust and is home to an inscribed Roman ring that is said to have been part of JRR Tolkien’s inspiration to write The Lord of the Rings.
Parks to Explore
Basingstoke is also home to many very well-kept parks that are the perfect place to take a stroll on a sunny afternoon. Eastrop Park has the River Loddon running through its centre and is home to Kingfishers and other wildlife that can be seen from a specially made dipping platform.
Further along the road, you’ll also find Crabtree Plantation, which was originally a part of the Hackwood Estate. It has since been turned into a public park, but evidence of the estate can be found in the form of the ornate Bolton Arch, which acts as the main entrance. Inside, visitors can enjoy pristine woodland and grassland that has been managed for meadow flowers.
A Hampshire getaway requires the perfect place to call home during your trip. Thankfully, Village are on hand. Our Basingstoke hotel is in the centre of town, catering to all your needs with our modern rooms, Pub & Grill, gym facilities, and swimming pool. We hope to see you here soon!