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Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
+44 118 976 7360
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Basildon park is a beautiful place to visit,with an exceptional house to explore.Nice pleasant tea... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ron C
Reading, United Kingdom
via mobile
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Went as I had nothing to do and was pleasantly surprised as the staff were very friendly and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, England
+44 118 976 7360
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Basildon park is a beautiful place to visit,with an exceptional house to explore.Nice pleasant tea rooms,a little expensive,but very good.Thats the plus side. Negative is you can no longer just visit tearoom without paying an entrance fee,which I know was some years ago,but I feel...More

Thank Ron C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went as I had nothing to do and was pleasantly surprised as the staff were very friendly and grounds were very beautiful.

Thank nagigi45
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very informative guided tour of house which was set up as if for an evening dinner party. The National Trust volunteers are very knowledgeable and welcoming. Beautiful house, excellent pianist which created a lovely atmosphere and a fascinating history to discover.

Thank Mairi T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the gardens were not spectacular but the house was very interesting and very large café with interesting seating areas.

Thank Christina B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As NT members and living under an hour away we visit once or twice for the ball runs. Where you purchase a tennis ball and kids can put them in constructions that allow the ball to run to an end point. My son had great...More

Thank SBingy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Basildon Park is local for us so we can visit at will. Recently we have been walking the park instead of visiting the house. So on an earlier visit, hot n thirsty we stopped at the stables cafe to be told they were takeaway only....More

Thank Darkwench
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent 3hours here starting with a guided walk through some of the rooms.The guide was very knowledgeable and clearly loved her job! Afterwards we had drinks in the cafe and revisited the rooms on our tour &the bedrooms. An amazing place,very friendly welcoming staff .Lots...More

Thank Paula M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We have been a few times now but never tire of Basildon Park. The house is really interesting especially with the 'dinner for 8' theme in the dining room. Of course you can never visit a National Trust property without popping into the cafe where...More

Thank bash4803
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Good venue for lunch. Not a large restaurant but being a National Trust house it caters well for people visiting the house and gardens. Fresh soup, rolls, various sandwiches, cakes etc. Good selection of drinks.

Thank jeajoh78
Reviewed 12 October 2017

I visit this house on a regular basis with friends and family. The house has an interesting history and the room guides very knowledgeable. There is often someone baking in the 1950s kitchen which fills the house with a delicious aroma. There are little tasters...More

Thank GKB1959
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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