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An 18th-century house, a 1950s home
This 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.
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.
There's an outdoor adventure around the next tree at Basildon Park. Our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ will set you on your way. Hunt for bugs in our hidden valley or fly a kite on the front lawn. Just ask the team at reception for more help and pointers when you arrive.
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In recent years the national team have developed an online database, National Trust Collections, for recording information on our historic collections. Take a look at Basildon's treasures.