Downton Abbey at Basildon Park

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Basildon Park featured in the special Christmas episode of the popular period drama, ITV's Downton Abbey on Christmas Day 2013 and 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 were used as the Crawley family’s London residence, Grantham House, and the elegant Georgian mansion was at the heart of the unfolding story as the family prepared for Rose’s coming out ball in the capital. Basildon Park played host to all of the much loved regular characters from the show as well as Shirley MacLaine who reprises her role as Martha Levinson and Paul Giamatti who joins 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 day at 11.30am.
  • 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 01189 767 360 or email us to discuss your visit, or to request a booking form.

The Basildon Park grounds and shop are open from 10am, and the house is open for tours from 11am, and is fully open from 12 noon. For further information please ring 01491 672920.

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