National Express offer many journeys to and from Basingstoke via bus. There are regular services from central London leaving from Victoria Coach Station departing several times a day. The earliest direct route from Victoria leaves at around 11:30 a.m. and the last bus departs at about 11:30 p.m. The duration of the journey varies between 1-2 hours. The central bus stop is found on Churchill Way in the town centre, next to the entrance of Festival Place Shopping Centre. National Express also offer direct bus routes from Heathrow Airport, Bradford, Bournemouth, Yeovil and Southsea in Portsmouth. Basingstoke has very good public transport links: there are several local buses services for the town and outlying villages and towns, and the train station is a short walk away from the bus and coach station.
The historic town of Basingstoke is located in south central England and is surrounded by pretty villages, lush countryside and lies on the door step of the scenic North Downs, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Basingstoke's heritage can be traced to the Iron Age and Roman Empire; it is listed in the Domedays Book as a 'market site' and still remains a busy market town today. The new Festival Place is a shoppers paradise with a great mix of shops and eateries; it is ranked third in the UK's most popular town shopping centres. There is an active cultural scene in Basingstoke offering pop concerts at The Anvil, a world-class venue, and great theatre, dance, opera and comedy productions at The Haymarket. For the young at heart a visit to the high quality Leisure Park is a must; activities include swimming, bowling, cinemas, ice skating and finally pop into the Park's fascinating Milestones living history museum.