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Basildon Park

Address: Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR , England
Phone Number: 0118 976 7360
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Ranked #1 of 102 things to do in Reading
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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, Sights & Landmarks
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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Reading, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Wonderful stately home full of interest. The staff were incredibly friendly, and helpful to my elderly father. The lunch in the cafe was particularly good, excellent value for money.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

No wonder this is the the Film & TV makers setting of choice. It's a lovely place and if you can go on a tour the real stories of life in this house are made to sparkle by the enthusiastic team here. There are also displays of the movie stuff, bringing the past and present nicely together. There is a... More 

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Bham
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23 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Had an excellent guided tour-really informative. Also great for Downton fans as was used as location for Grantham's London home in Christmas 2013 special! There is a small exhibition on the property being used in films and tv programmes. If we had visited on a sunny day would have liked to have done a park walk!

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United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is an impressive Georgian mansion that has survived against all odds for us all to enjoy. It may not be the finest or most magnificent of stately homes but its most recent owners, Lord and Lady Iliffe have lovingly restored it and bequeathed it to the National Trust for us all to enjoy. The helpful guides told us that... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The hall was well,displayed with knowledgable staff to assist and also a Room which explained what had been used for filming with which programmes. We really enjoyed the experience Nd would recommend it as a great place to visit

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

A well kept Georgian house that is maintained by the National Trust. Food was a little on the pricey side for what it was. A lovely tranquil setting that has housed Downtown Abbey and Pride and Prejudice cast and crew with photo albums in each room of various shots that were filmed in those rooms. Knowledge guides but the car... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We visited on a very cold winter's morning over Christmas. On arrival we were greeted by very friendly and helpful staff who provided us with a map and directions of the things to see - especially with our five-year old in tow. The grounds were pretty despite the cold snap and were happy to get to the warm house once... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

What a surprise! I've always driven past the entrance, and wondered what it was like. I'm sorry it took so long to explore! The house and gardens were fascinating, and the attendants were very well informed and terribly keen to pass on their knowledge. Great to see scenes from Downton Abbey, and to realise that a lot of the series... More 

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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33 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We did all the right things, chose a lovely day, telephoned the attraction before leaving to check they were open and then safely drove 60+ miles to see Basildon Park. When we arrived, there was a notice outside saying they had shut both house and grounds as there were too many people there! We simply could not believe it! The... More 

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Oxfordshire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We have visited Basildon Park a few times now as it's one of the larger and better NT properties in our area to visit. The house and grounds are lovely and very interesting and the staff very happy and friendly. The guides are knowledgable and the tours are given clearly and conscisely. The shop and tea room are good and... More 

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