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Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
+44 118 976 7360
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recommended the visit

went with a friend that hat a national trust membership. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a lovely... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Reading, United Kingdom
Excellent venue for walking, a picnic and visiting historic house

Good place to visit. House is interesting, good places to walk and take a picnic or eat in their... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rita M
Reading, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
+44 118 976 7360
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Reviewed 1 week ago

went with a friend that hat a national trust membership. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a lovely Lady. we even had a guide the lady was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. we went and had afternoon Tea that was very nice and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good place to visit. House is interesting, good places to walk and take a picnic or eat in their restaurant which offers a limited, and somewhat expensive menu. Although the food is good.

Thank Rita M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Met up with friends for lunch, cafe good but a bigger selection of food would be welcome. Much enjoyed the house and garden, just managed to miss the heavy rain. My sister and one of our friends who both use wheelchairs were very impressed by...More

Thank 25Jenny
Reviewed 1 week ago

A really enjoyable visit to this lovely 18th house that has had a chequered history but which is now being carefully maintained by the National Trust. The house has some beautiful furniture and paintings but could do with more information about them. There is a...More

Thank Ianeff
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having lived locally but never visited, we didn't have high expectations but were pleasantly surprised. It was very welcoming to all the family. Lots of activities for the children to participate in, including a quiz when looking around the house, outside activities, and lovely walks....More

Thank Alemattmum
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had just got National Trust Membership so this was my first trip as such a member, it was raining unfotunately so couldnt really do the gardens too much, but I enjoyed it, we had a nice cake and coffee from the cafe. We had a...More

Thank Tom G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house had a very chequered history since it constrution so it siu well worth visiting. A sad indicment of military occupation is the lack of inerest to the historical value of a property. They would not treat their own house like they did this...More

Thank gordon35au
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Basildon House whilst on a trip to Reading. We had been recommended the visit and it certainly did not disappoint. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a team of volunteers who were friendly and welcoming. The walk up to the house was beautiful....More

Thank Kirsty J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great dayout lovely walks & a choice of a long walk or short walk or you could just stroll around there is a train for the disabled that takes them op the slope a great house & tearoom.

Thank SHYANN130
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Basildon park is a great place to spend a day, the house is beautiful, the grounds are amazing, a great place for a family visit.

Thank Anglerdave
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Kam T
6 September 2016|
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Response from BGJI | Reviewed this property |
for whole site (grounds & House) It is £13 for adults, £6.50 for children, and £32.50 for family. For grounds only it is £8, £4 and £20 respectively National Trust members entry is free.
21 July 2016|
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Response from ChrisWM54 | Reviewed this property |
There are buses that pass by there, either direct from Reading, or after getting off at Pangbourne or Goring & Streatley rail stations. The latter option would save time. If you're moderately energetic, walking from... More