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The growth of the town of Aldershot was determined by the establishment of the Aldershot military camp and more than half of its 4176 acres are owned by the Ministry of Defence. In the early nineteenth century the village of Aldershot was described as "A parish three and a half miles north-east by north of Farnham, acres 4070, population 875".

The War Department's first extensive purchases were in 1853 and in the next three years they constructed the military camp, which was virtually rebuilt in the 1960s. Whilst the military camp covers the area north of the town centre, light industry has developed to the east and suburban housing to the south. The parish church of St. Michael The Archangel dates from the twelfth century and has a seventeenth century tower. At the bottom of Rushmoor Hill lies Batt's Hogg Style, the site of a pre-Roman encampment


Tourist and Other Information sources


Local Tourist Information:

Aldershot Visitor Centre,
35-39 The High Street,
GU11 1BH

Telephone: (01252) 320968
Fax 01252 311479

Local Information Points

Aldershot Library
109 High Street
Hants GU11 1DQ

Telephone: (01252) 322456

Local Council

Rushmoor Borough Council,
Council Offices
Farnborough Road
Hampshire GU14 7JU

Telephone: (01252) 398398
Fax: (01252) 524017

Parking in Aldershot

Multi storey above the modern Wellington Shopping Centre.
Large public car park at the Tourist Information Centre / Military Museum - two mile walk from from town centre.


Variety of pubs, and places to eat in the High Street.

Access by Public Transport

Aldershot has a Railway Station, service from Waterloo, Guildford and Farnham and Alton. Public Bus Services operate to Aldershot from Winchester, Basingstoke, Farnham, Petersfield and Portsmouth. National Express coach services from London.