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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.

Pumpkins & Potions

Halloween family fun

Have a go at our spooky Halloween trail in the garden.

  • 15 Oct - 2 Nov, 10am-4pm
  • £2, Normal admission applies
  • No booking required
  • Suitable for all ages 

At Home with Art

The Feast of Flora - Georg Platzer

Treasures of the Ford Collection

A new exhibition of inspiring artworks in the South Pavilion.

  • From 2 Nov 2015
  • 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:

  • 12 Oct, 12-3pm
  • 14 Nov, 12-3pm

Downton Abbey

Basildon Park lit up the small screen in ITV's Downton Abbey, the series five finale in November 2014. 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?

A Merry Christmas

Come and see the house decorated for Christmas. Explore the wintry gardens with our trail.

  • 28 Nov 2015 - 5 Jan 2016
  • £2 per trail, normal admission applies
  • No booking required
  • Suitable for all ages 

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