Updated: Aug 28
Basingstoke has a rich history that can be traced back to before the Romans. It’s the kind of town that has had both ups and downs during its time, but in recent years it has really started to make a comeback as one of the top locations near London. With direct links that will get you to the capital in less than an hour, it’s the perfect place to stay close to the city without the bustle. While in Basingstoke, what exactly is there to do? Here are some of our recommendations.
#1 Basing House
Nestled in the village of Old Basing just a couple of miles outside of Basingstoke, you will find the ruins of Basing House. It was the largest private house in Tudor England, bigger than Hampton Court and even more impressive in terms of its opulence.
Only the ruins and foundations remain today, especially after it suffered at the hands of Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. Every year, the Sealed Knot come to the village and put on a parade as well as a re-enactment of the Civil War. It’s worth a watch, as well as a visit to the riverside pub Barton’s Mill on your way home.
#2 Glitch VR
The only place of its kind in town, Glitch VR is the perfect place to go if you want to spend some time relaxing and having fun in the world of virtual reality. There are loads of fantastic and immersive games to choose from, allowing you to explore new worlds and slay monsters.
Each member of the team is experienced and ready to assist you so that you have as much fun as possible. There is also the option to try out some PC gaming on top tech that will blow your mind.
#3 Planet Ice
If you’re a fan of ice hockey, some of the most incredible matches that you’ll see in England are held here. The home team, the Basingstoke Bisons, are widely loved by the town and made up of some seriously skilled players.
You just have to hope that the gloves come off at some point during the match because that’s when the fun begins. If you’re not a hockey fan, you can also skate there during the day. It makes for a great destination if you are searching for some family fun.
Also known as the Museum of Living History, the interior of this museum has been transformed into a series of cobbled streets that have been mapped out to resemble both Victorian and 1930s Hampshire.
It’s lined with vintage vehicles, shops, and fascinating exhibitions that will have everyone leaving having learned something new. Throughout the year, you may even be able to catch the carnival that is held on the outdoor grounds.
#5 The Vyne In the quiet village of Sherbourne St John, this 16th Century manor house stands. Surrounded by beautiful grounds that are protected by the National Trust, you can spend a whole day walking and exploring.
Picturesque gardens and a quaint tearoom are just some of its defining features. It makes the perfect place to stop for a delicious lunch while overlooking vast gardens and woodlands that will make you never want to leave.
These are just some of the fantastic things you can get up to while you are in town, and they are close together if you want to fit a few of them into one day. So, whether you want to chill out and play video games or absorb some local history, there is something here for everyone to enjoy.