Short Break in Basingstoke

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Short UK Stay with Complimentary Breakfast

  • Escape for a short stay
  • 1 night stays available Sunday - Friday
  • 2 night stays available 7 days a week (subject to availability)
  • Food serving pubs


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About Basingstoke

Basingstoke, a town that perfectly marries modernity with rich historical roots in the heart of Hampshire, invites visitors for a weekend filled with diverse experiences. From its contemporary shopping centres to the tranquillity of its surrounding countryside, Basingstoke serves as a dynamic backdrop for all kinds of adventurers, history enthusiasts, families, and culture seekers alike.

The heart of Basingstoke beats strongest at The Malls and Festival Place, where retail therapy takes on a new dimension. Unlike the typical shopping experience, Basingstoke's retail hubs offer a vibrant mix of high street and designer brands alongside a variety of dining options and entertainment facilities, including a cinema and bowling alley. This modern shopping environment stands in contrast with the town's older parts, where the charm of the past is palpable, offering a comprehensive experience that caters to all tastes.

For those intrigued by Basingstoke's historical tapestry, the town does not disappoint. Milestones Museum is a gateway to the past, an indoor Victorian street where history comes alive through interactive displays and collections of vintage vehicles, recreating Hampshire's bygone eras. It’s an engaging way to understand the local heritage and see how daily life has evolved over centuries.

The great outdoors beckons just beyond the town centre, where the natural beauty of Hampshire unfolds. Basingstoke is encircled by picturesque villages and scenic walking paths, including the Basingstoke Canal. This restored waterway offers peaceful walks and boat trips, providing a serene escape from the urban environment and a chance to connect with nature. Similarly, Eastrop Park, with its boating lake, tree trail, and play areas, offers a green sanctuary within the town itself, ideal for leisurely strolls, picnics, and family fun.

Basingstoke’s cultural scene is vibrant and diverse, with The Anvil and The Haymarket theatres at its core. These venues host a range of performances, from concerts and ballets to comedy shows and theatrical productions, showcasing local and national talent. The diversity of the programming ensures that there's something to suit all cultural palates, making it a staple part of a weekend visit.

Not far from the town, the historical homes and gardens of Hampshire offer a glimpse into England's aristocratic past. Highclere Castle, famous as the filming location for "Downton Abbey," and Jane Austen's House Museum, are both within easy reach, providing fascinating day trips for those looking to explore the rich history and literature of the region.

Culinary enthusiasts will find Basingstoke a delightful place to explore new flavours and traditional English cuisine. The town boasts a range of restaurants, cafes, and pubs, each offering distinct dining experiences. From farm-to-table eateries highlighting local produce to international cuisine that caters to a global palate, Basingstoke's culinary landscape is as diverse as its population.

As the weekend unfolds, Basingstoke reveals itself not just as a destination, but as a starting point for exploring the broader treasures of Hampshire. Its strategic location makes it an ideal base for venturing into the South Downs National Park or the historic cities of Winchester and Salisbury, each with its unique attractions and timeless English charm.

In essence, Basingstoke offers a multifaceted weekend getaway that bridges the gap between the past and present, nature and urbanity, relaxation and adventure. Whether drawn by the allure of history, the call of the countryside, or the buzz of modern life, visitors leave with a richer understanding of what makes this town and its surroundings a noteworthy destination in the heart of Hampshire.

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