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Basingstoke car hire is a convenient option if you plan to see and do lots during your visit to this part of the UK...
Located in the county of Hampshire, Basingstoke is a large market town north east of the city of Southampton. Just a short drive from London, it is the ideal destination for a day trip or a short break in the south of England. The town was expanded in the 1960s and has excellent road connections, making car hire in Basingstoke the ideal way to see the surrounding area. Close to the beautiful historical town of Winchester and with easy access to many of Hampshire's delightful medieval villages, Basingstoke is a perfect place for a relaxing break.
Home of the Automobile Association headquarters, the town is very motorist-friendly. If you're in Basingstoke, car hire gives you the freedom to see the sights at your own pace, meaning you won't miss out on the town's varied attractions. Favourite places to visit include The Vyne, an impressive house and estate dating from the Tudor period. This 16th-century National Trust property boasts impressive architecture and attractive gardens and is the ideal place for a family day out.
History fans will also love Basingstoke's museums and historical sites. Favourites include the Milestones Museum of Living History, found in Basingstoke's Leisure Park. You could also take a trip to Whitchurch Silk Mill, where you can learn more about the importance of the textile industry in nineteenth-century Basingstoke.
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If you're looking to rent a car, Basingstoke is an excellent base from which to explore this lovely area...
Basing House, in the nearby town of Old Basing, is popular with visitors to Basingstoke and less than 10 minutes by road. Stratfield Saye House, a 19th-century country estate is just a short drive away too. Highclere Castle, known to many as the fictional Downton Abbey, is also not to be missed. It's around a 30-minute drive from the town. Hiring a car in Basingstoke makes it easy to enjoy the many historic buildings the area has to offer. You can also visit the remains of the Roman town of Silchester, which is a 20-minute drive from the town centre.
You don't have to travel far from Basingstoke to discover some of the area's main attractions. Drive north, to Newbury (a 30-minute drive), to enjoy the exhilarating spectacle of horses thundering along the track at the town's famous racecourse.
To the north east of Basingstoke, and around 45 minutes by road, is the famed royal residence of Windsor Castle, where you can join guided tours for a look “behind the ropes”. More royal palaces can be spotted if you venture into London from Basingstoke. You can drive to London in around an hour from Basingstoke, though it's wise to park and finish your journey using public transport as the cost of parking and driving in the heart of the capital is high.
For an altogether more sedate look at England's treasures, journey into the nearby national parks. Basingstoke offers easy access to the New Forest, the South Downs and the North Wessex Downs.
And to confirm that car rental in Basingstoke really is worth considering, you can be at the coast in less than 45 minutes, visiting the port cities of Southampton or Portsmouth, travelling to the picturesque Isle of Wight or simply stumbling upon a lovely piece of the English seaside - fish and chips are optional, but highly recommended.