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Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR , England
0118 976 7360
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Ranked #3 of 32 Attractions in Reading
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
Owner description: An 18th-century house, a 1950s homeThis is a story of grandeur created, dissolved and resurrected...
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Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
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.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Went to see it especially dressed up for Christmas, piano playing in hall with the enormous tree is a lovely touch. Cafe good and shop too.

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Farley Hill
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The house and grounds are lovely and if you have dogs, there are lovely footpaths to walk, some being longer than others.

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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The house inside was lovely. It had been decorated for Christmas so it made it extra special. (Downton Abby episodes have been filmed here). As you walk towards the house through the trees, they had made little houses and put toadstools around which is lovely for children. There was also a Christmas quiz in the grounds for children to do.... More 

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Cardiff, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We didn’t realise it had been 10 years since we last visited Basildon Park, which is a fantastic National Trust run stately home and estate just outside Reading. The house has been decorated for Christmas and looks particularly cheerful, and the volunteer room guides are very knowledgeable. There’s also a short video about using the house in Downton. As usual... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Downton Abbey is filmed mainly in Highclere Castle, not that far away. However, Highclere books months forward for visitors and is expensive, though admittedly is much more imposing. Basildon Park is used as the location for the Granthams' London residence in Downton. It is less grand than Highclere but cheaper to visit, with no need to book in advance and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Visited on a wet Sunday in November - perfect for keeping the number of visitors reasonable. The house is impressive from the outside and even more so inside. The links with the TV series Downton Abbey, Basildon Park is the Grantham's London Residence, are illustrated by photo albums in the relevant rooms but do not impinge on the overall architectural... More 

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Dorset, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Baslidon Park is well worth a visit! Partly because information on all it's aspects is very well organized .Each room has copies of "The Basildon Post"!--- with articles on its past HISTORY, ANTIQUES on display and interesting photos. These can be taken with you for more reading later! And for those who are Downton Abbey fans-- there are pictures of... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This is a very impressive house from the outside. When we visited we were unable to go upstairs as there were not enough volunteers. However there was still plenty to see. It is quite a place and the volunteers were able to supply us with fascinating details that really made the house come alive for us. There were some truly... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The guided tour round the house was very interesting and I would recommend this tour. Only slightly disappointment with the café - was good but not quite the excellent standard of most NT properties.

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Visited Basildon with somebody who wanted to see the location of part of the Downton Abbey TV series, and the filming tour didn't disappoint. we were led around by a gentleman who had all the facts and figures at his fingertips, and he gave an interesting tour of all the rooms that were used not only in Downton Abbey but... More 

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