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Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
+44 118 976 7360
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Love this house. Used for Downton abbey filming. House is lovely and fabulous grounds. It’s a... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Reading, United Kingdom
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One of my favourite stately homes! Tour through each room with a history of its own lead by... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Reading, United Kingdom
via mobile
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An 18th-century house, a 1950s homeThis is a story of grandeur created, dissolved and resurrected - not once, but twice.Basildon Park is an impressive Georgian mansion, surrounded by glorious parkland, which was lovingly rescued from ruin by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the mid 1950s. The house you see today is a re-creation and restoration of the 18th-century mansion. They restored the elegant interior and scoured the country salvaging 18th-century architectural fixtures and fittings. They filled their comfortable new home with fine paintings, fabrics and furniture, which can still be enjoyed by visitors today.
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  • Average8%
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“downton abbey” (115 reviews)
“national trust” (133 reviews)
“lovely house” (47 reviews)
Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
+44 118 976 7360
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Love this house. Used for Downton abbey filming. House is lovely and fabulous grounds. It’s a national trust property so you have the bonus of knowledgeable guides. Has the usual national trust cafe and gift shop. Easy to get to and plenty of parking. Close...More

Thank lougrover
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favourite stately homes! Tour through each room with a history of its own lead by friendly, well versed guides made it really enjoyable. The grounds were impeccable despite no formal Garden. A definite MUST if you are in the area.

Thank jenjensa
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited this place twice it is a good point to go when having friends from overseas around. They have a loads of activities around the year but for that you have to plan. The house shows well as the museum of the colonial era accommodation...More

Thank pprucha
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Basildon park is a beautiful place to visit,with an exceptional house to explore.Nice pleasant tea rooms,a little expensive,but very good.Thats the plus side. Negative is you can no longer just visit tearoom without paying an entrance fee,which I know was some years ago,but I feel...More

Thank Ron C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Went as I had nothing to do and was pleasantly surprised as the staff were very friendly and grounds were very beautiful.

Thank nagigi45
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Very informative guided tour of house which was set up as if for an evening dinner party. The National Trust volunteers are very knowledgeable and welcoming. Beautiful house, excellent pianist which created a lovely atmosphere and a fascinating history to discover.

Thank Mairi T
Reviewed 1 November 2017

the gardens were not spectacular but the house was very interesting and very large café with interesting seating areas.

Thank Christina B
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

As NT members and living under an hour away we visit once or twice for the ball runs. Where you purchase a tennis ball and kids can put them in constructions that allow the ball to run to an end point. My son had great...More

Thank SBingy
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Basildon Park is local for us so we can visit at will. Recently we have been walking the park instead of visiting the house. So on an earlier visit, hot n thirsty we stopped at the stables cafe to be told they were takeaway only....More

Thank Darkwench
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Spent 3hours here starting with a guided walk through some of the rooms.The guide was very knowledgeable and clearly loved her job! Afterwards we had drinks in the cafe and revisited the rooms on our tour &the bedrooms. An amazing place,very friendly welcoming staff .Lots...More

Thank Paula M
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Kam T
5 September 2016|
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Response from BGJI | Reviewed this property |
for whole site (grounds & House) It is £13 for adults, £6.50 for children, and £32.50 for family. For grounds only it is £8, £4 and £20 respectively National Trust members entry is free.
20 July 2016|
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Response from ChrisWM54 | Reviewed this property |
There are buses that pass by there, either direct from Reading, or after getting off at Pangbourne or Goring & Streatley rail stations. The latter option would save time. If you're moderately energetic, walking from... More