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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.

Downton Abbey

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?

Cadbury Easter Trail

2014 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Logo

Solve the clues in our Cadbury Easter Egg trail in the garden and win a Cadbury chocolate prize.  Suitable for all ages.

  • 1-21 April, 10am-5pm
  • £2 per trail, normal admission applies

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Volunteer open days

Come along and learn about our volunteering opportunities at Basildon Park. Our next volunteer open days are on the following dates:

  • 23 April, 12-3pm
  • 27 May, 12-3pm
  • 1 July, 12-3pm

Bluebell watch

Basildon Park bluebells

The majority of our bluebells are now out, as can be seen from the photo above. We hope you'll enjoy spotting them as much as we have.

  • April - May
  • Grounds open 10am-5pm

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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