Welcome to Basingstoke, a modern, affluent, well-to-do town in Hampshire with excellent shopping facilities, an outstanding range of restaurants and bars, and a wealth of local attractions. Basingstoke is the local region's financial hub, with a vibrant retail sector and major electronics, pharmaceuticals and insurance industries.
The Festival Place Shopping Centre, opened in 2002, is Hampshire's most popular shopping destination, and is home to over 150 shops, including all the big high-street names and more than 20 restaurants. The town centre also has arts and entertainment venues like the Haymarket Theatre, the Milestones Museum of local history and the Vue cinema to pull in the crowds.
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For further information on Basingstoke see our About Basingstoke page.
A number of other notable towns and cities are near to Basingstoke and well worth a visit if you are staying in Basingstoke. We have listed the nearest ones below along with distances from Basingstoke and local websites which provide further information about each place.
Fifteen miles North of Basingstoke, Reading is a large town where ancient meets modern, with its ruined 12th Century abbey juxtaposed next to stylistic contemporary commercial architecture. The town has many attractions and facilities and is most famous for its internationally acclaimed Reading Festival.
The city of Winchester is about twenty miles to the South West of Basingstoke, most famous for its imposing 11th Century Gothic cathedral, the longest in Europe and one UK's most impressive.
Southampton & Eastleigh
Beyond Winchester lie the leafy town of Eastleigh and Southampton with its busy port and its luxury cruise ships.
The Berkshire town of Newbury is about fifteen miles to the North East of Basingstoke and has many attractive seventeenth century buildings and parks.
About twenty miles East of Basingstoke, Andover is a charming market town with elegant architecture and a bustling high street. Near by surrounded by Beech trees, the famous Danebury Ring hill fort provides an enchanting window to ancient times.