The Vyne is a Tudor mansion set in 13 acres of beautiful, relaxing gardens. Built in the 16th century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain, which later passed into the hands of the Chute family, who cared for the house and estate for over 300 years. Visitors will encounter 500 year-old Majolica tiles, Renaissance stained glass, and exquisite wood carvings in the Tudor chapel and period linen-fold panelling in the oak gallery. The house holds treasures collected by the Chute family, including furniture, tapestries and paintings, Murano glass and silk wall hangings. Stroll through rooms once enjoyed by notable guests like Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Horace Walpole, and Jane Austen.
Immerse yourself in the past at Milestones, Hampshire’s museum of living history. Explore the museum’s streets, shops and buildings to discover how people used to live, buy a ration of sweets from our 1940s sweet shop, view their unique collection of vintage vehicles and have a go in a penny arcade!
Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery
Discover Basingstoke and Deane's past from the rich archaeological heritage beneath our feet right up to the modern day at the Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery. As you tour the museum, you’ll find out about Iron Age and Roman burials, will meet Pickaxe, a 19th century scavenger scraping a living from the streets and revisit the days of twin-tubs and teddy-boys in the 1960s sitting room. On the ground floor is The Sainsbury Gallery, which hosts a rolling programme of exhibitions from nationally important galleries and museums, as well as some of the finest artists in the region. The Basingstoke gallery on the first floor showcases the work of local artists, groups and societies. This gallery has been restored to reveal many original features, creating a stunning space.
The Anvil Art
Opposite Basingstoke train station, The Anvil Art has some of the finest acoustics in the country. The Anvil has firmly established itself as one of the South's leading venues for high quality live music. This prestigious concert hall offers a varied programme of classical, jazz, country, folk and popular music that has attracted, inspired and delighted audiences from far and wide. It is also becoming an increasingly popular comedy venue.
For the adrenaline junkies there’s indoor skydiving at iFLY! You can experience the stimulation of true free-fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. It’s where the dream of flight becomes a reality, Suitable for ages 3-103!