Guided tours 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.
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.
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.