Great Western Railway’s Basingstoke station opened on 1 November 1848, next to the London & South Western Railway station that was already there. The GWR station featured a timber roof which spanned two of Basingstoke’s three platforms.
There was also a two-track GWR engine shed and a goods shed plus several sidings forming the goods yard. In the early days there was a goods ‘transhipment’ shed which had one set of broad gauge rails, and one set of standard gauge rails. All freight and goods had to be unloaded and reloaded between wagons on either track before it could reach its final destination. This took much time and effort so in 1856 the GWR laid a third rail at the standard gauge width on its tracks from Oxford to Reading and Basingstoke making these lines ‘mixed gauge’. This allowed trains of either gauge width to use the lines.
Basingstoke’s GWR engine shed closed in 1950, leaving just the former L&SWR loco shed to service steam engines, until it closed in July 1967 when BR steam ceased. The separate GWR station closed in 1932. However, the current Platform 5 is one of the original GWR platforms and is still in use as the ‘bay platform’ for local stopping services on the line today.
There are over 200 stores under cover in this vibrant shopping mall opposite the main exit from Basingstoke station.
Named after local clockmaker George Willis, this Hampshire Cultural Trust museum used to be the Town Hall.
Artworks and sculptures greet you as soon as you exit the railway station.
This popular park has a boating lake, a café, ‘dry plaza’ fountain, play areas and Tree and Walking trails.
The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, established in 1922 by Percy Ure, is part of the University’s Department of Classics.
Holy Ghost Cemetery, off Chapel Hill, South View. Just north of Basingstoke station is a peaceful cemetery where there are many War Graves.
Basing House was a major Tudor palace and castle in the village of Old Basing.
From remote, rolling downland to picture postcard villages the North Wessex Downs are truly special.
Station Ticket Office Hours
Monday – Friday 06:00 – 21:30
Saturday 06:00 – 21:30
Sunday 07:00 – 21:30
Train Station Information
Car Parking: 1339 spaces
Cycle Parking: 170 spaces
Taxis: Taxi rank is situated at the station entrance.
Tel: 0345 6000 650
Travel Assistance: 0800 52 82 100
For train times text Basingstoke to 84950