Basingstoke Canal

The Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre

The Canal Visitor Centre at Mytchett is the perfect place to start exploring the canal or simply relax and watch the boats pass by.

Can Centre shop and informatio point

Our facilities overlook the picturesque canal and include an information point and gift shop, tearoom, picnic area, children's 'trailblazer' play area, function room and a campsite.

Public boat trips are available throughout the summer, please contact the Canal Centre for dates and times or check our Facebook page.

You can also purchase boat licences and fishing licences to use the canal.

Outside, the children's ‘Trailblazer’ play area is a great place for kids to let off steam, and our picnic tables overlooking the canal are a great to enjoy a picnic while you take in the view.

There is plenty of free parking and the towpath is easily accessible from the Canal Centre, so why not start your journey from here.

The Tearoom

The separate, and independently operated, Canal Café overlooks the picnic and play area and offers a wide range of fresh hot and cold food. It is open weekends and most week days from 9.30am to 3pm (or later in high season). Please call 01252 669000 for their current opening times.

Picnic bench by the canal


Basingstoke Canal Authority
Canal Centre
Mytchett Place Road, Mytchett
Surrey GU16 6DD


tel 01252 370073 | fax 01252 371758

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Canal Visitor Centre opening times

Easter to September

  • Mon – Closed (except BH & school hols)

  • Tues - Sun 10.30am - 4.45pm

October to March

  • Tues - Thu 10.30am - 4pm

  • Fri - 10.30am - 3.45pm

  • Sat – Sun CLOSED

Office opening times

Easter to September

  • Mon - Sun 9.00 am – 5pm

October to March

  • Mon – Thurs 9.00am - 5pm

  • Fri – 9.00 am – 4pm

  • Sat – Sun CLOSED