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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?


During Hallowe'en we will have a self-led trail around our grounds, spooky storytelling and batty crafts.

  • Various, 24 Oct - 3 Nov, 10am - 5pm
  • Normal admission applies

Volunteer open days

We are always looking for new volunteers at Basildon Park. Come along and learn about our volunteering opportunities. Our next volunteer open day is:

  • 14 Nov, 12-3pm

Poems and Poppies

Join us in commemorating the First World War with a self-led trail around our grounds.

  • 5 - 28 Nov, 10am - 4pm 
  • £2, normal admission applies
  • Suitable for all ages

Christmas traditions

Join us for a traditional Christmas. We will have a beautifully decorated house and festive trail in our garden.

  • 29 Nov - 6 Jan, 11am - 4pm
  • Trail £2, normal admission applies

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