Guided tours at Basildon Park

Visitors in the Octagon Room at Basildon Park

Find out more about the 20th century restoration of this 18th century Palladian mansion and explore the grand reception rooms of Basildon Park on one of our guided tours.

Ornate interiors

On the tour you will discover ornate plasterwork interiors that have survived since the 18th century, such as the Entrance Hall with its gilded griffins still as the architect John Carr designed it.

The double height Staircase Hall sits in the middle of the house, dominated by a stone cantilever staircase and lit by a lantern. Beyond is the Octagon room with its bold Victorian ceiling designed by J B Papworth.

Visitors on a tour of the Dining Room at Basildon Park
Visitors on a tour of the Dining Room at Basildon Park

A 1950’s home

Lord and Lady Iliffe rejuvenated the house in the post war period. They lovingly restored the house and made it their home, inviting friends and family to admire the beauty of the 18th century but with all the comforts of modern life.

Our informative guides will tell you about how in their quest for authenticity Lord and Lady Iliffe travelled the country to find country house pieces for their home, bringing back from auction furniture from Brockenhurst Park, Panton Hall and Ashburnham Place.

Join us on a guided tour

Guided tours take place daily at 11am and 11:30am. The 11am tour is an 'Iliffe tour' about the couple who bought the house in the 1950s, and the 11:30am tour is a 'Filming tour'. There is no need to book, and no charge for your tour, simply ask for a ticket when you arrive at Visitor Reception. Our knowledgeable volunteer tour guides will take you through the main reception rooms and vividly bring to life this warm and inviting home. To find out about tours for groups of 15 people or more, see our Group Bookings pages below.

“Extremely informative and so lovely having a tour around the beautiful house, particularly in winter!” Visitor comment card

Join one of our friendly volunteers for a tour around the house.
Volunteers outside Basildon Park house