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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.

Downton Abbey

Basildon Park lit up the small screen in ITV's Downton Abbey, the London Season, 2013. Why not take a look at the behind the scenes story and discover how Basildon Park became Grantham House?

The Great Ball Run

Find your favourite new ball run at Basildon Park

We have a series of new and improved handmade ball challenges to try. 

  • 26 Apr - 7 Sept, 10am - 5pm
  • Ball Run kit £3, normal admission applies
  • Suitable for all ages

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Volunteer open days

Come along and learn about our volunteering opportunities. Our next volunteer open days are:

  • 5 Aug, 12-3pm
  • 9 Sep, 12-3pm
  • 10 Oct, 12-3pm
  • 14 Nov, 12-3pm

Wartime at Basildon

With the centenary of the First World War, we look back at the role Basildon Park played in the war effort. The property gave local soldiers a place to recuperate and learn new skills, and provided materials for the community.

See our collections

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.

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