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An 18th-century house, a 1950s home
Basildon Park, a Georgian mansion surrounded by parkland, was loving 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.
Basildon Park lit up the small screen in ITV's Downton Abbey Christmas special, 2013. Why not take a look at the behind the scenes story and discover how Basildon Park became Grantham House.
Signs of spring trail
A self-led trail on the Pink walk in the parkland with a sweet treat prize.
- 1-30 March
- £2 per trail, normal admission applies
- Suitable for all ages
Our new look café
We are sorry but our café is closed for refurbishment from 24 Feb until 13 March whilst we are building a new and improved version for you, our visitors.
Find out more about our London cafés project.
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.