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Basingstoke

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Basingstoke was an old market town which expanded rapidly in the 1960s to become a large modern town.

Willis Museum ½ mile

Named after local clock maker and jeweller George Willis who established the collection in 1931, the museum tells the story of Basingstoke from its archaeological past to modern developments in the 1960s and 1970s. The Sainsbury Gallery hosts a range of exhibitions and events. Café. Tel. 01256 465902. Admission free.
Open TWThF 1000-1700. Sat 1000-1600.
www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk

Milestones Museum by bus

Recreated life-size streets show what life was like in Victorian times and the 1930s. The collections and buildings cover social, retail and industrial heritage. Room sets show how homes have developed from the 1930s to the 1970s. Vintage vehicles. Vintage penny machines. Café and Edwardian style pub. Tel. 01256 639550.
Open TWThF & BH 1000-1645, SSu 1100-1645.
www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk
Bus CS (Centre Shuttle) from stop Y near station to Museum, about 10 minutes journey. Daily, about every 15 minutes. Operated by Stagecoach.

Basing House 1¾ miles*

The historic ruins of the largest private house in Tudor England and the site of the greatest siege of the English Civil War. Visitor Centre in large Tudor Barn, Museum telling the story of Basing House, Jacobean style walled garden, defensive earthworks on the site of the Castle and Old House. Refreshments from gift shop, picnic benches. Tel. 01256 463965.
Open Mar-mid Oct, MTWThSSu 1100-1600. The Barn may be closed for private functions.
www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk
* Follow the Basing Trail for a longer but more scenic route to Basing House reception, 2½ miles.

OS Explorer Map for Basingstoke area: Basingstoke

Basingstoke map

The Vyne NT by taxi

Once an important Tudor palace, the house acquired a classical portico in the 17th century. Features include a Tudor chapel with Renaissance glass, a Palladian staircase, old panelling and fine furniture. Herbaceous borders, wild garden, lake, wetlands area and woodland walks. Restaurant. Tel. 01256 883858.
Open Daily 1000-1700. Major roof works are nearing completion, please check the website for the current House opening arrangements.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
There is a taxi rank outside the station and taxi telephone numbers are shown on the station poster.
The Vyne is 2 miles from Bramley.