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Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR , England
0118 976 7360
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Ranked #3 of 31 Attractions in Reading
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
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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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Dorset, Ontario, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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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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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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

As National Trust members we broke our journey from the West Country to London with a stop here. Fascinating house that has been used in "Downton Abby" and "Pride & Prejudice". Rooms set up as if the residents had just popped out. The volunteers were really enthusiastic which always makes it more enjoyable.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Basildon Park is a gem for young and old alike. There is such diversity within the house itself all made accessible by the extremely knowledgeable staff. The grounds are huge and deserve an explore. There is the usual NT gift shop and the tea room is very good. The house has enough to keep my children engaged and enthusiastic. Overall... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This house suited all tastes from antique to 1950s.some very unusual features.Great tea & cakes.Luckily we managed to park near the house but this did not stop us enjoying the gardens

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We got here early one morning to get the 11am tour of the house. So often NT properties just leave you to your own devices, with volunteers in the rooms are happy to chat about the place, but you never know where to start the conversation. However having a guided tour where a holistic presentation of the house and its... More

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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We went here as we are NT members and partner has wanted to go here because of the link to pride and prejudice. This is a nice place to visit, there are lots of interesting things to see in the property. In each of the rooms there are books with pictures in regarding the links to pride and prejudice and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

Having been several times before we didn't see the house or gardens on Sunday but instead opted for one of the Parkland walks to work up an appetite for the obligatory cream tea! The pink and green routes were advertised as suitable for pushchairs and despite the damp autumn weather the terrain through grassland and woodland was navigable with our... More

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