Local Area

The Red Lion Hotel is a well established hotel in Basingstoke town centre. The hotel enjoys easy access to Basingstoke town, the Festival Place Shopping Centre and public transport.

Upcoming events in our area:

Carfest South, Laverstoke Park Farm, 26th – 28th August 2022
Carfest is the largest family fundraising festival in England.  Visit carfest.org for your tickets.  (If you’re not camping and need accommodation contact Red Lion Hotel.)

Vegan Fiesta Basingstoke, Festival Place Shopping Centre, 11am – 5pm
Held on the first Sunday of each month May to August.  Losts of artisan stalls with street food, deli, cakes, eco-friendly products and more.  Within close walking distance of the hotel. (5th June, 3rd July, 7th August)

Basingstoke Half Marathon and 10k
Sunday 2 October – starts at War Memorial Park (within walking distance from the hotel) .  For more information or to book email: events@thepinkplace.org.uk or call 07879 695190

The Borough Basket Street Market
Held last Friday of each month.  The market will run from 11am to 4.30pm in Market Square (RG21 7QA).  Pop along to fill up your baskets with products from local makers, creators and producers.  Just a few minutes walk from the Red Lion Hotel!

Local Attractions:

See below for links to some of our favourite local attractions including Milestones, The Anvil (Theatre), The Vyne, Haymarket Theatre, Miniature Railway, Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Jane Austen’s House Museum and 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park.

You may also be interested in our hotel history, probably the oldest establishment in Basingstoke with a 400 year history!


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 our unique collection of vintage vehicles and have a go in our penny arcade!

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The Anvil

A 1,400-seat venue, is renowned as one of the top 5 concert halls in country. Within the same building is The Forge – an intimate 100-seat studio theatre.

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Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery

Centrally located at the Top of the Town, in the Willis Museum you will discover Basingstoke and Deane’s past, from the rich archaeological heritage beneath our feet right up to the modern day. The museum is a great place to visit stunning exhibitions in the Sainsbury Gallery, discover the local history of Basingstoke and take part in hands on activities as a family.

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The Vyne

Explore a former Tudor powerhouse turned 17th-century family home, set in gardens, woodlands and wetlands.

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Haymarket Theatre

Anvil Arts is the largest performing arts organisation in Hampshire. The Haymarket is set within a Grade II listed building.

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Viables Miniature Railway

Experience rides behind miniature diesel or electrically powered locomotives and live steam locomotives... a total ride of just under 2000ft in length!

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Basingstoke Golf Club

A great place to play golf, soak up a lovely atmosphere and enjoy stunning views. If you're looking for a wonderful club to visit, then look no further. Everything for the beginner to the experienced golfer.

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Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Uncover the secrets of our world-famous gin on the site of an historic paper mill in the Hampshire countryside. Learn about the rare production processes that go into the craft of making Bombay Sapphire gin, and discover the sustainable measures and ecology of the conservation area we call our home.

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Jane Austen's House Museum

The house in Chawton is regarded as Jane's literary home where she led a quieter life and resumed her writing. Often Jane would shop in Alton where her brother Henry, a London banker, had a branch bank at No 10 High Street.

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4 Kingdoms Adventure Park

With over twenty play zones, a petting zoo, laser tag, giant slides and pedal boats!

4 Kingdoms work on a unique and value for money principle that once you pay, you play all day.

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Hotel History

Opening as The Red Lion Hotel in 1603, having previously been an inn and coaching post, it is probably the oldest establishment in Basingstoke with a 400 year history of catering for travellers.

Today The Red Lion continues its tradition of providing an excellent service to travellers and the local people of Basingstoke.

Good British food, with the addition of many familiar dishes from the Mediterranean, fine wines, good ale and an unsurpassed welcome from the Red Lion Team. The Red Lion combines a traditional hotel restaurant and bar, offering bar lunches, snacks or afternoon tea and full a la carte dinner service, with providing modern facilities for corporate guests in our conference rooms.

Conveniently placed in the centre of town, close to shops and registry office, the perfect venue for weddings, family celebrations or a lunch break from work or shopping. In our newly refurbished Festival Suite, we have the ideal background for a splendid wedding breakfast, and options to suit any bridal couple.

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