Basildon is a large town in Essex, South East England. Situated 25 miles outside of London, the town inhabits a significant commuter population due to its proximity to the capital city. While Basildon is not usually recognised as being one of the most aesthetically pleasing of locations, the town is undergoing significant regeneration and has plenty to offer in the way of sights and attractions. The weather in Basildon is typically British, with pleasant summers and cool winters. Rainfall is commonplace, even during the town’s warmest months, so it’s worth ensuring that you’re armed with an umbrella when out and about. There also tends to be a breeze coming from the Thames Estuary, which is just a few miles south of the town.
Basildon is a town best seen on foot and is well connected to outlying areas, including Central London, via public transport. A small car will therefore be sufficient for those who prefer to have their own set of wheels.
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Important things to note
The town’s main routes are easily recognisable due to ‘-mayne’ being added to the end of their names.
Various car parks can be found throughout the town, with The Westgate Shopping Centre car parks or Great Oaks multi-storey being the most conveniently located for visitors to Basildon.
The nearby A126 and A13 both allow easy access to the rest of the country as they lead to the motorway network.
Highlights & Hotspots
Owned by the global insurance giant Aviva, the Festival Leisure Park houses an array of shops and restaurants, a multiplex cinema and two health spas. Party goers will also be well-suited at this extensive leisure complex as the site is also home to the UK’s third-largest selection of nightclubs within the same space.
Standing proudly in the centrally-located St. Martin’s Square, St. Martin’s Bell Tower is an impressive structure which was erected to commemorate the turn of the new millennium. Made up of 300sq metres of glass, this magnificent tower is over 80 metres tall and has come to be known as one of Basildon’s main landmarks.
Those who enjoy an active lifestyle will also be well-suited in Basildon with its various sporting facilities. High Sports, an expansive climbing centre offering over 50 different routes can be found at the Basildon Sporting Village, while the Essex Powerboat School offers a range of water sports courses led by knowledgeable instructors at the nearby Wat Tayler Country Park Marina.
London Southend is Basildon‚Äôs nearest airport, situated approximately 15 miles away. This small airport is served by low-cost airlines, offering flights to a handful of domestic and European destinations.
Visitors in search of a greater selection of flights are advised to use London Stansted airport, 38 miles northwest of the town.