The Southern English town of Basingstoke has a fascinating history which can be traced back to the early Roman period and beyond. It was unfortunately tarnished with the reputation of being a dull and boring town during the 1970's and 80's. However, significant investment has allowed for the development of major retail outlets, luxury dining establishments and entertainment venues in recent years. Members of the professional community have opted to purchase local residences and make the daily commute into London. Basingstoke has also been deemed an extremely attractive travel destination. There's every reason to book luxury accommodation in this splendid town.
Jane Austen and Thomas Burberry are just a couple of the local figures who lived in Basingstoke in times past. You can learn about their respective cultural contributions during tours of the charming Steventon House and the Willis museum. Alternatively you may take the opportunity to view the great collection of historic vehicles and cultural artefacts at the Milestones Museum of Living History. The kids are bound to have great fun at the traditional sweet shop and penny arcade.
Those of you who visit Basingstoke during the summer may be keen to explore the local parks and woodlands. You'll have the opportunity to spot butterfly species such as the Purple Emperor, White Admiral and Silver-washed fritillary at Pamber Forest and Silchester Common. Alternatively you may observe a variety of mischievous meerkats, docile giraffes and prowling tigers at the Marwell Wildlife Park. You may even take the opportunity to visit the local retail centres and buy a decorative hat in preparation for a day at Royal Ascot.
You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to evening entertainment in Basingstoke. If you're in the mood for a blockbuster film then it would be worth visiting the multiplex cinema at the Festival Palace entertainment complex. Alternatively you may enjoy some of the water based activities at the Basingstoke Aquadrome. Then stop off for one of the spectacular musical performances at the Anvil Arts centre.
A highly enjoyable day may be rounded off with an evening meal at one of Basingstoke's fine dining establishments. You'll be able to take your choice from English, Indian, French and Oriental cuisine. It might also be tempting to try some of the locally produced beers before returning to the luxurious serviced apartments available in the area.
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