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 to the 1930s and 1940s, you can travel the cobbled streets of yesteryear. In their life-sized, immersive streets you’ll find buildings, shops and vehicles recreated and restored as they would have been in olden times.
Run by Hampshire Cultural Trust, Milestones is split across two levels with plenty to see and do. From vintage Thornycroft vehicles to the milliner, saddler, ironmonger and more, you’ll get a fascinating look at how people in Basingstoke and the surrounding areas used to live.
It’s not just the buildings that will bring back memories either; for those with a sweet tooth, Milestones Living History Museum also contains its own 1940s sweet shop, Abrahams, where you can pick up your ration’s worth of niceties, or if you’re looking for something a little stronger, grab a pint at The Baverstock Arms!
Food and drink at Milestones Living History Museum
Milestones also has two further options for refreshments – a vintage tea tent offering cakes and a selection of drinks, plus The Rooftops Café, a larger space serving meals such as classic fish and chips, children’s options and lighter bites.
Things to do
There’s plenty for all ages to see and do, including a charming Teddy Bear Museum and a fantastic penny arcade. Stroll along the boardwalk, learn all about the history of piers and view the traditional seaside scenes. Laugh at your friends in the postcard-style photo opportunities and wacky mirrors just like you would at the actual seaside! There are vintage arcade games from claw grabbers and shove pennies to enjoy, plus Pac Man and table football.
Enjoy many more activities and events throughout the year – from the infamous indoor Christmas Market to school holiday events.
For those looking to get a truly in depth understanding of what life was like, Milestones provides free audio guides with detailed audio commentary.
Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 am-4:45 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am-4:45 pm
Last admission 3:45pm
Milestones is closed on Mondays, excluding school holidays.
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 £18.50
Child ticket (5-15 years): pay once, visit all year £9.75
Group Adult: £14.00
Art Fund Members: £9.25
Concession ticket: pay once, visit all year £15.00
Family ticket (up to 5, max. 2 adults): pay once, visit all year £56.00
Under 5s: FREE