Milestones Living History Museum

Milestones Living History Museum

Historic buildings, vintage vehicles, costumed characters and more!

There’s no need to “remember the good old days”, at Milestones Living History Museum you can live them! In this detailed recreation of life from the Victorian times through until the 1930’s and 1940’s, you can travel the cobbled streets of yesteryear. In their life sized streets you’ll find buildings, shops and vehicles recreated and restored as they would have been in olden times. 

Run by the Hampshire Cultural Trust, Milestones is split across two levels with plenty to see.  Whether you want to see how homes have developed over the decades, or visit their authentic milliner, saddler and ironmonger shops, you’ll get a fantastic and fascinating look at how people in Basingstoke and the surrounding area used to live.

For those with a sweet tooth, Milestones contains a 1940s sweet shop, or if you’re looking for something a little stronger, grab a pint at the The Baverstock Arms. Milestones also has two options for refreshments, a Vintage Tea Tent offering cakes and a selection of drinks, Rooftops, plus a larger café serving meals such as classic fish and chips, children’s options and lighterbites.

It’s not just the buildings that will bring back memories either. Milestones has a garage filled with vintage vehicles from three of Hampshire’s main manufacturers. They even have a collection of household goods, so you see how technology has evolved over time. 

Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 am-4:45 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 am-4:45 pm
Bank Holidays: 10am–4.45pm

Last admission 3.45pm

OPEN Bank Holiday Mondays.

Pay once, visit all year: enjoy unlimited visits to Milestones Museum. With your ticket you can return to Milestones Museum as many times as you like for a whole year. (Excludes some special events which may have an extra charge.)

Adult ticket: pay once, visit all year £16.50

Child ticket (5-15 years): pay once, visit all year £10.75

Concession ticket: pay once, visit all year £13.25

Family ticket (up to 5, max. 2 adults): pay once, visit all year £48.50

Under 5s: FREE

Why should I visit?

    • See what life was like in Hampshire’s past 
    • Visit a 1940s sweet shop and use a ration book to enjoy sweet treats
    • View a collection of classic cars from three of Hampshire’s main manufacturers
    • Designed for accessibility, with disabled access, free wheelchair rental, disabled parking and lifts on site


Assistance dogs allowed
Baby changing facilities
Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Free parking on site
Gift shop
Hearing loop / hearing aids available on request
On site parking
Suitable for ages 12 and above
Suitable for ages 3 and above
Suitable for ages 5 and above
Suitable for ages 8 and above
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Milestones 1940s Week

28th May 2022 - 5th Jun 2022

Milestones Living History Museum

Visit Milestones to step back in time to the 1940s and take part in the fun activities for all ages. Enjoy re-enactments, make do and mend... 

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Where to find us


Milestones Museum
Leisure Park
Churchill Way West
RG22 6PG

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By car

Milestones is only 3 miles from the M3 on the Basingstoke Leisure Park.

From Junction 6 of the M3 follow the brown tourist signs for ‘Leisure Park’, driving clockwise around the ring road. At the Thornycroft Roundabout (you will see Milestones ahead of you), take the first exit into Churchill Way West (B3400), for Milestones and the Leisure Park. Go up to, and all the way round the next roundabout. Enter the Leisure Park via Entrance B, signed Milestones, and turn right. The museum lies straight ahead.

From Junction 7 of the M3 take the A30. Follow signs to Basingstoke town centre and brown tourist signs for ‘Leisure Park’. At Winchester Roundabout, follow the brown tourist signs for ‘Leisure Park’, driving clockwise around the ring road, to the Thornycroft Roundabout.


There is free car parking outside the museum and seven accessible parking spaces for disabled visitors close to the entrance, with a drop curb for easy access to the museum. These do not need to be booked in advance.

By train

Basingstoke Station is two miles from Milestones. A Leisure Park Shuttle bus can be taken from outside the Railway Station.

By bus

Frequent shuttle bus run during the daytime between the station, town centre and Leisure Park stopping directly outside the museum. Find more here –

Kids activities

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  • Dedicated play space for children under five
  • Dress up in costumes from the Victorian era 
  • Climb aboard vehicles and interactive stations
  • Other family events, trails and activities take place throughout the year