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Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR , England
0118 976 7360
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Ranked #6 of 38 attractions in Reading
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Rutland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW via mobile

We popped into this NT property while travelling south to break a long journey and were really pleased to find such an interesting place, which was saved from almost certain loss by its last owners, and even more delighted to find its one of the downtown abbey's recording venues. The staff are, as ever, very knowledgeable on the properties history,... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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39 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We visited as a break on a journey and as a result did not have a great deal of time. However were were able to take a walk in the grounds and use the cafeteria. Then grounds are very interesting and well maintained and worth a visit in their own right. The introduction in testable yard was helpful and gave... More

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Staines, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
4 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

A very nice stately home in a lovely setting.The volunteers as always are very friendly and informative.plenty of parking and a nice cafe well worth a visit.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

Visited Basildon Park last Sunday with my daughter, who was excited about seeing the backdrop for some Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey filming. Had a wonderful visit. For visitors who are particularly interested in the Downton Abbey connection, they have put photographs in each room showing what scenes were filmed there. Great fun. Transportation advice: If you are going... More

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Went there this Sunday, lovely hot day, realised just before arriving after just over an hour in the car that I had left the membership cards at home, lovely friendly lady upon entry to car park advised not too worry they will ring the membership centre, which to be fair they did, looked at all the walks, so the reason... More

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Ireland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I recently visited Basildon Park. I paid for a guided tour which was at 11am and I would definitely recommend the tour to anyone. I think the tour guides name was Richard, he was a fountain of knowledge and entertaining. The rooms were stunning and there is photos and costumes from a Downton Abbey episode being filmed there. There was... More

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England
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We arrived for the 11am tour, and one thing that immediately came across was how friendly the staff were. On entering, they paid special attention to every group, and were very good at explaining pretty much everything (times of tours, different pricing, gift aid, route to the house…). The tour was very interesting, and there was a lovely little café... More

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
56 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The only problem with this gem from the National Trust is that it demands at least a full day to be thoroughly appreciated. The 400 acres of parkland, originally inspired by Capability Brown, provide the backdrop for lovely walks of varying length. They provide changing vistas and sights but should not be undertaken in a wheelchair or even a buggy.... More

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England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This is a beautiful and interesting house to visit. The rooms are very well presented and the guides are friendly and most informative. Fans of Downtown Abbey will be interested to know that some of the 2013 Christmas Special was filmed here last summer and there are numerous stills showing some of the scenes from it. It was also used... More

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

Being National Trust members, we were looking for a location to enjoy a picnic on a glorious sunny Sunday afternoon and thought we'd pop over to nearby Basildon Park Turns out, it was the location chosen to for the filming of the Christmas special of Downton Abbey and also a few scenes for the movie, Pride and Prejudice The house... More

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