Visiting Basildon Park during the winter

The woodland walk illuminated with fairy lights, as a family walks through

Basildon Park is open throughout the winter, and it can be the most beautiful time of year to visit the park. The trees are covered in the frost and the winter sun glistens though the bare branches; the fresh winter air can make walks feel refreshing. However, it can also be very busy during this period, as visitors make the most of the fresh, clear winter days and enjoy the seasonal festivities. To help you plan your day at Basildon Park, we have some tips to help you make the most of your day.

Arriving at Basildon Park.

If you’re arriving by car, be aware that we have only 90 spaces in the main carpark, as we often have to close our overflow carpark due to winter weather conditions.  During busy periods like weekends and bank holidays, our car park can reach capacity within an hour of opening. To find out about public transport options, you can visit the how to get here part of the website.


Winter conservation.

Over the winter the house and garden teams are working extra hard to care for this special place. Due to this, some areas of the garden may be closed for maintenance. However, all the rooms in the house will be open, and you’ll be able to get a sneak peak of all the work we’re doing.


Weekday Visits.

If you’re wanting a more relaxed day out at Basildon Park, we strongly recommend, if possible, that you visit on a weekday where possible. Weekends are the busiest times of the week, and the park can be very full, especially the carpark. Our tearoom and shop will also be quieter during the week, so you can grab a warming hot drink and cake, or some lunch in the tearoom, or a gift for someone special in the shop, without having to brave the weekend queues.