Car hire at Basingstoke
Car hire at Basingstoke
Located just off the M3 motorway, Basingstoke is the largest town in the county of Hampshire and is just under 50 miles from the UK capital of London. The closest airport to Basingstoke is Southampton Airport (SOU), which is around 30 miles away, while London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is also under 40 miles from the town.
What I need to know
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Where to pick up my car
In Basingstoke, car rental suppliers can be found in various locations across the town centre. The A339 runs through the town, while the M3 is just a couple of miles away, so wherever you pick up your vehicle, you can get straight on your way to exploring what this part of the world has to offer.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
From Basingstoke, you can easily drive to London, or if you'd prefer to discover more rural parts of Britain, the Cotswolds, an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are just over an hour's drive away. What's more, the coast at Southampton is only 40 minutes by car from Basingstoke.
The historic city of Winchester with its medieval castle and cathedral can be reached in just half an hour by car from Basingstoke. Newbury is a similar distance away, where Highclere Castle, the filming location for Downton Abbey can be found. Even if you're not a fan of the TV series, Highclere is a beautiful stately home to explore.
London is around an 80-minute drive from Basingstoke, where countless attractions including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament can be found. The city of Oxford is also just over an hour from Basingstoke by car, while Portsmouth can be reached in an hour. HMS Victory - the ship that led Lord Nelson's troops to victory in the Battle of Trafalgar - is docked here.
Eating and drinking
Basingstoke features many pubs that serve traditional English fare, from roast dinners to hearty pies and home-cooked chips. The county of Hampshire is also home to the New Forest, while the coast isn't too far away, so locally-sourced wild mushrooms and freshly-caught fish are also prevalent on many menus in the area.
Things to do
The Milestones Museum in Basingstoke allows visitors to step back in time to learn what life was like in the area in times gone by. There's a 1940s-style sweet shop where you can buy retro treats, while there are also replica cobbled streets evoking memories of Britain's olden days. Basingstoke's Tudor history can be explored at The Vyne, a 16th century mansion owned by the National Trust.
Few sights can be more thrilling than a 17th century battle, and you can see a reenactment of this at the ruins of Basing House, which was once the largest private house in Tudor England, but was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. The grounds of the house feature beautiful gardens, as well as a maze.