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Basildon Park

Address: Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR , England
Phone Number: 0118 976 7360
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Ranked #2 of 34 Attractions 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is worth a visit. You can buy (or bring your own) tennis ball for the kids and there are activities sent up around the grounds (learning type things). The grounds are great for a picnic and there is a nice cafe. The house is not huge but worth a tour. Very lucky to have this in our backyard.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Whether you want to explore the Basildon Hall, the stately home, or wander round the beautiful parklands, this is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon.

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Didcot, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We are NT members and Basildon Park is within 25 minutes drive and so we have visited a lot. My wife and I love going here to visit this beautiful house and gardens, situated in the Goring Gap, but the appeal extends to our children. The kids love running around the extensive gardens, and the staff have build little mazes,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Beautiful setting, lovely authentic house, the staff are friendly and know a lot about the history of the building and the family a lovely way to spend a morning

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Another Nation Trust gem ! A truly trip in time back to the 18th century. The garden is lovely as well as the views north towards the Thames valley. Been there several times as I love the tranquillity of the countryside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I was accompanied on my trip to Basildon Park by a friend who is the costume supervisor on Downton Abbey (filmed partly at Basildon), and I was amused to find that when I let this slip, the volunteer guide treated him like a minor celebrity, causing him some discomfort. The house is of particular interest, being built right at the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Basildon Park is well worth a visit. Some people will recognise it's frontage from Downton Abbey, but it's featured elsewhere as well. I first went a couple of years ago, when a group of American WW2 re-enactors had taken the grounds over for a commemoration. In case you weren't aware, Basildon Park was where US Airborne forces trained prior to... More 

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