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An 18th-century house, a 1950s home

Basildon Park, a Georgian mansion surrounded by parkland, was lovingly rescued 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. Lord and Lady Iliffe filled their comfortable new home with fine paintings, fabrics and furniture, which can still be enjoyed by you today.

Make the most of your visit by treating yourself to a cream tea, experience the nostalgia of our 1950s kitchen, or stretch your legs following one of our waymarked trails through the 400 acres of historic parkland.

The Great Ball Run 2015

The Ball Run is back for another year. Get some fresh air whilst enjoying our new series of handmade ball challenges dotted around the gardens.

  • 16 May - 27 Sep, 10am - 4pm
  • £3 per ball run kit, normal admission applies
  • No booking required
  • Suitable for all ages

Volunteer open days

We are always on the look-out for new people to join our team, particularly room guides and car park attendants. The next volunteer open days are:

  • 14 Aug, 12-3pm
  • 12 Sep, 12-3pm
  • 12 Oct, 12-3pm
  • 14 Nov, 12-3pm

Downton Abbey at Basildon Park

The cast of Downton Abbey in the Octagon Room at Basildon Park, aired 2014

The cast of Downton Abbey in the Octagon Room at Basildon Park, aired 2014

Basildon Park lit up the small screen in ITV's Downton Abbey, the series five finale in November 2014, when Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge got married. The interior of the house also featured in the London Season, 2013. Why not take a look behind the scenes and discover how Basildon Park became Grantham House?

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