Travel to Basildon
With lots of scenic green space and a variety of exciting leisure facilities, Basildon is a town with plenty to offer locals and visitors alike. Its proximity to London
makes it easy to access all the attractions, shopping and entertainment options in the capital, while still enjoying the delights of nature reserves and open parkland – which makes it the perfect base for commuters or visitors to London who would like a quiet escape from the bustle of the city.
If you're thinking of commuting from Basildon to London
, or simply planning a trip to the area, be sure to check out local car shares to save considerably on transport costs.
A new town with charm
Even though Basildon is a "new town", created in the years following the Second World War, there are also pleasing hints of the area's history still visible throughout its streets, such as the former parish churches of St Nicholas at Laindon
and St Peter's at Nevendon
, both of which date from the 13th century.
For a sense of Basildon's past and present, follow the Basildon Heritage Trail
through the town centre to view the wealth of interesting public art on display, including the lovely Mother and Child Fountain
by Maurice Lambert in the town square. You can also check out some of the town's notable modern architecture, such as the Grade II listed Brooke House and the freestanding bell tower at St. Martin's Church.
Parks and green space in Basildon
Basildon was designed to include plenty of green space, making it an ideal retreat for nature lovers. Gloucester Park and Northlands Park
are popular destinations for fishing and a range of other sports and leisure activities, while the Wat Tyler Country Park
offers 125 acres of pristine landscape, along with historic buildings, a miniature railway, shops and more.
Shopping, entertainment and leisure
Even if you don't fancy the outdoors, there are plenty of things to do in Basildon. Catch a show at the Towngate Theatre
, which hosts an eclectic mix of local and touring productions, or indulge in some retail therapy at the Eastgate Shopping Centre, home to over 100 of your favourite high street brands.
Meanwhile, there's never a dull moment at the Festival Leisure Park
. With a massive cinema, fitness club, numerous restaurants and bars, bowling, a wakeboarding park, nightclubs and more, it has everything you could possibly need for an exciting night out in Basildon.