Downton Abbey at Basildon Park

This section of the page features an image gallery, so if you're using a screen reader you may wish to jump to the main content.

Basildon Park featured in the season five finale of the popular period drama, ITV's Downton Abbey, in November 2014. The house also featured in the special London Season episode of Downton Abbey on Christmas Day 2013, which was watched by over 10 million people. A visit to Basildon Park could see you experience what it was like to transform the house into a working television set with an insider's guide to the filming of the show and plenty more for fans of the Downton series.  

The interiors of Basildon Park are used as the Crawley family’s London residence, Grantham House. In the season five finale our elegant Georgian mansion was at the heart of Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridges' wedding. Basildon Park played host to all of the much loved regular characters from the show.

During the London Season episode in 2013 our house was at the centre of the unfolding story as the family prepared for Rose’s coming out ball in the capital. Shirley MacLaine reprised her role as Martha Levinson and Paul Giamatti joined the cast as Cora’s playboy brother, Harold.

There's plenty here for Downton Abbey fans to see and do at Basildon Park, including:

  • Guided house tours with details about the filming every Saturday and Sunday at 11.30am from 3 - 28 Nov.
  • A new video explains in more detail which rooms were used and some of the most significant historic objects and artefacts in each room. In the meantime, why not watch our short video to find out more?
  • Group bookings of over 15 people can opt for a filming talk or tour, where you can learn what happens behind the scenes when a National Trust property is used as a film location. Please call us on 01491 672920 or email us to discuss your visit, or to request a booking form.

The Basildon Park grounds, shop and tea room are open from 10am until 4pm. From 3 - 28 Nov the house is open for guided tours only 12-3pm on weekdays, and on weekends for tours from 11am, and is fully open from 12 noon. From 29 - 31 Dec the house is open and decorated for Christmas from 11am-4pm. For further information please ring 01491 672920.

In the meantime, why not try our Downton Abbey - style flower arranging tutorial?