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Notice: Please be aware that the tea room is closed from 2pm on 21 April. Basildon Park is currently being scaffolded for external conservation to the mansion. Access to all other areas of the property will not be affected.

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.

Around the world

Old luggage from the Marquisâ¿¿ travels

Follow our self-led garden trail as you find out about Lord and Lady Iliffe's travels and their other homes all over the world.

  • 7 - 20 April, 10am - 4pm
  • Trail £2, normal admission applies
  • No booking required
  • Suitable for all ages 

The Great Ball Run

It's back! A series of handmade ball challenges dotted around the gardens.

  • 16 May - 8 July, 10am - 4pm
  • £3 per ball run kit
  • No booking required
  • Suitable for all ages

Volunteer open days

We are always on the look-out for new people to join our team. Come along and learn more about our volunteering opportunities. The next volunteer open days are:

  • 17 Apr, 12-3pm
  • 16 May, 12-3pm
  • 9 June, 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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