Basingstoke is a historic market town in the north-east of Hampshire, in the south of England more generally. Featuring a mixture of historic and modern architecture as well as a range of fantastic shops, restaurants, theatres and schools, Basingstoke offers something for everyone. Having existed since the Neolithic period as a settlement, Basingstoke has been a market town since the high medieval period. Featuring a range of both independent and state-run schools, Basingstoke is a perfect area for young families, who will also be delighted by the range of child-friendly activities available in the town. These include a pool, playcentre, ice rink, museum, bowling centre and plenty of parks and green spaces. Foodies will be delighted with the many excellent restaurants and cafes in the area, whilst shopaholics will enjoy the local Festival Place shopping centre, which includes a range of high-street brands. The sporty, meanwhile, will enjoy the large sports centre in the town. Young professionals will be delighted with ease of travel from the town to London, with the journey taking less than an hour on the train. Properties to rent in Basingstoke range from chic apartments and flats to terraces suitable for young professionals to expansive family homes.