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Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre

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Basingstoke Canal CentreThe Canal Visitor Centre at Mytchett is the perfect place to start exploring the Basingstoke Canal or simply relax and watch the boats pass by. It provides information on all aspects of the Canal, offering a detailed map, historical references, video display and replica barge. At the information point find out things to see and do on the canal and discover how it is managed for everyone to enjoy.


  • Basingstoke Canal signageinformation point
  • small gift shop
  • picnic area
  • ‘Trailblazer’ play area
  • free parking
  • function room
  • campsite with toilets, showers and chemical disposal point

The Canal Centre also sells fishing permits and canal boat licenses.

Boat trips are available from Easter to September. Special packages available for schools and other visiting groups.  


Basingstoke Canal Angling Association are a large Angling Association made up from angling clubs in Hampshire and Surrey that all have a common interest in fishing from the towpath of the picturesque Basingstoke Canal. Membership currently stands at 29 clubs. For more details visit their website Fishing permits available from the Canal Centre.


Canal Visitor Centre, Mytchett Place Road, Mytchett, Surrey GU16 6DD.

Further information

  • The Visitor Centre opening times vary according to season.
    Summer: (Easter - September): Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30am – 4.45pm.
    (October - March): Tuesday to Thursday, 10.30am – 4pm.
    Closed throughout December
  • Telephone: 01252 370073
  • Visit the Basingstoke Canal Authority website.

NOTE: We advise you to always phone and check details of the attractions and opening hours listed before making a special journey.


 See also the map of the Valley