birthplace of flying in the United Kingdom.
a nearby ancient cathedral city with lots to see.
city in Hampshire, England
town in Hart district, Hampshire, England
capital and largest city of the United Kingdom
cathedral city in Wiltshire, England
town in Surrey, England
town in the county of Berkshire in England
city in Devon, England
town in Hampshire, England
Once a major Tudor palace and castle rivalling Hampton Court, Basing House was destroyed in a civil war siege. Now an attractive set of ruins, with an explanatory exhibition. Car parking is very difficult in Old Basing village; instead follow the signs to Basing House car park and get the bonus of a very attractive walk along the crystal clear River Loddon to the house. Alternatively bus line 8 runs once an hour from Basingstoke bus station stopping outside Basing House main entrance.
Known to the Romans as Calleva Atrebatum, Silchester was abandoned after the Roman era which means that much of the archeology remains. All that is left on the surface now are a complete ring of city walls, the amphitheatre and a little mediaeval church. Away from the rivers that have dictated the area demographics, Silchester is about as isolated a place as you will find in south-east England; on a spring weekday you are likely to find yourself sharing the ruins only with cows. Open every day sunrise-sunset.
A living history museum, with reconstructed street scenes and buildings from the Victorian era.
a 16th-century country house, built for Lord Sandys, King Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain. It retains its Tudor chapel, with stained glass. The classical portico on the north front was added in 1654 by Inigo Jones's pupil John Webb.
The birthplace of Jane Austen. It is possible to visit the parish church where Jane's father was rector, but the house where she lived has been demolished.
Basingstoke is a town in Hampshire. It has been around as a market town since the Domesday Book, but was developed as a 'new town', one of several constructed in the 1950s to accommodate overspill population from London. Throughout the 70s and 80s it was often considered a joke 'dull' town with nothing to offer and had very little to entertain any visitors unless they were into trainspotting or roundabouts (it is alleged that Basingstoke has the highest number of roundabouts per head population of any UK town - but it's probably no longer true!).
Basingstoke station is on the main line from London to Southampton, Bournemouth and Weymouth. It is also on the Bournemouth to Birmingham and Manchester line via Reading. Train times can be found on the National Rail Planner or by calling 0845-748-4950 from anywhere in the UK. The fastest trains take around forty minutes to get to Basingstoke from London Waterloo station. The station is situated at the edge of the town centre and is only a minute's walk from the shops.
Alternatively the town is conveniently situated for the M3 motorway (US English: freeway) also from London to Southampton and is about one hours drive from both. The A33 links the town with Reading and the M4. The A303 (which terminates at Junction 8 of the M3) links Basingstoke with the West Country.
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