Aldershot, in Hampshire, is extremely close to the M3, providing good access to the M25 and consequently to London and the south-west. Aldershot is also on the main railway line into London - meaning in just 45 minutes or so you can be at Waterloo station in the heart of London.
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Located in the borough of Rushmoor, Aldershot is perhaps best known as the home of the British Army. Aldershot first became an army base in 1854. This caused the village that was to rapidly grow into a major town, regularly attracting distinguished visitors including Queen Victoria to its parades and formal events.
The town later became the home of the British Parachute Regiment, amongst others and although the Paras have long since left the town, a sizeable army base remains, as does much Ministry of Defence training land in the countryside around the town.
Other attractions in and around Aldershot include the Aldershot Military Museum, the local parks and swimming pool complex and a number of monuments and historical buildings, some with links to the town's military heritage.
Aldershot Town Football Club is a successful local team and in a continuation of the sporting theme, Aldershot's Army Town has been chosen as the training camp for the British 2012 Olympic Team. Shooting events from the Olympics will be held on the army's firing range in Aldershot.
Aldershot benefits from its location and is a popular base for commuting to London, and other towns such as Basingstoke, Woking and Reading. Van hire in Aldershot and nearby Fleet, Runfold and Farnborough is easy and the town has several local van rental companies, offering a wide range of vans: