House at Basildon Park

Visitors in the Octagon Room at Basildon Park

You’re invited to explore Basildon Park, the house that Lord and Lady Iliffe lovingly restored in the 1950s, salvaging many fixings and fittings from across the country to make their home.

After 25 years in the mansion, Lord and Lady Iliffe kindly passed the house into the care of the National Trust, securing its survival forever.  Visit us and discover the wonderful treasures that Basildon Park still plays host to today.

Make the most of your visit

See the grand 18th century reception rooms lovingly restored by the Iliffes in the 1950s. Travel back in time in our 1950s kitchen and reminisce about times gone by. You can often find enticing baking smells in here, and possibly the odd treat, or two. 
We have restored our old 18th century kitchen and this space is perfect for sitting in with your dog to enjoy something from our tea room on a rainy day. 

Take in Basildon Park on a tour

Basildon Park and its vast collection has a detailed and interesting history that is best told through the words and eyes of our very knowledgeable Tour Guides. Tours run every day at 11 and 12, subject to availability, and last around 45 minutes.

If you prefer to take in Basildon Park at your own pace, the house opens at 12 for visitors to enjoy the house at their leisure. 

A history of Basildon Park through 10 objects

Throughout summer the house will be telling stories of its most intriguing and unique objects in this tour. To take this self-led toour, pick up a tour postcard from the Hall entrance to the house, and learn all about Basildon Park through the items in its collection.

At Home with Art - Tresures from the Brinsley Ford Collection

Basildon Park has an exhibition of art works including impressive Old Masters, 20th century engravings and paintings of the Grand Tour. It is open daily from 12pm until 4:30pm in the South Pavilion at Basildon Park.

Search our collections

Did you know that the National Trust has an online database for recording information on our historic collections? You can use it find out more about some of the wonderful objects that you'll see on your visit.