Opening times for 9 December 2023
Asset Opening time House 11:00 - 16:00 Grounds 10:00 - 16:00 Shop 10:00 - 16:00 Tea-room 10:00 - 15:30
Last entry to site 1 hour before closing, when Entrance gates will be locked. Last entry to the house 45 minutes before closing. The house will be closed 13 - 17 Nov. Whole site closed 24 & 25 Dec.MTWTFSS2728293012345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
During the winter period our carpark has reduced capacity. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. We may have to intermittently close out entrance gates to avoid traffic on the main road. Bikes will not be allowed on site. If you are cycling to the property, you will need to leave your bike in the car park.
Dogs on leads in grounds.
Our plant shop is outside the main shop. Please be advised that stock may vary due to seasons.
It's a 400-yard walk uphill to the house – a visitor buggy is available. House entrance is up 22 steps. Accessible toilets available. Uneven terrain on walking routes, which can become muddy. There's cattle in the parkland.
We have accessible picnic benches for visitors using wheelchairs and seating areas around the stable yard and formal garden.
Designated mobility parking, 20 yards from ticket office. 400 yards walk to the gardens and mansion.
The entrance to the showrooms in the mansion is on the First Floor, an additional 22 steps from the Ground Floor on a stone staircase.
Visitor buggy from the stableyard to the mansion available. Please note the buggy depends on volunteer availability.
Partly accessible grounds, loose gravel paths, slopes, and cobbles. Steep hill from car park to gardens. There are uneven pathways throughout gardens and parkland as well as gravel pathways, steps and tree roots.
We are 7 miles north-west of Reading, on the west side of A329. If you are driving, please leave the M4 at exit 12 and follow signs for Beale Park and Pangbourne, then signs to Basildon Park. Once you go through the main entrance gates, follow the path to the visitor car park where you are welcome to park.
Sat Nav: Use main entrance from A329
Pangbourne train station 2½ miles; Goring train station 3 miles. If you are travelling by train you can get off at Pangbourne or Goring & Streatley station and get a taxi to Basildon Park (it is only about a 5 minute car journey from the station). It’s best to pre-book a taxi as there is no taxi rank at either station. For more information about how to find us please call 01491 672382. It is possible to walk to Basildon Park from Pangbourne station but please be advised that it is around a 40 minute walk along a main road.
You may be able to get the Going Foward Bus to Basildon Park on selected days. For more details visit the Going Foward Buses website: www.goingforwardbuses.com
Basildon Park is a two pawprint rated place. There’s plenty of space to walk and trails to explore. Dogs are welcome on leads in the garden and parkland year-round.
An 18th-century Palladian-style mansion, restored by Lord and Lady Iliffe after being requisitioned in the World Wars.
A 400-acre park with four waymarked walks, World War Two Nissen Hut remains, historic trees and views of the house.
Formal garden designed in the mid-18th century by David Brandon, featuring Lady Iliffe's rose garden and the restored terrace balustrade.
Main tea-room in lower entrance hall of the house is open daily.
Shop and second-hand bookshop
The shop is in the stableyard and also contains a second-hand bookshop and reading nook.
Visitor Reception is located in the historic stableyard, with staff and volunteers on hand to help with any queries.
Children's play area
The wild play area for little ones is next to the stableyard, with more den building areas out on the estate.
Discover the opulent styling and artistic treasures that make the house at Basildon Park a signature 18th-century Palladian mansion, including some quirky details.
Discover the beautifully laid out, restored grounds that surround the house at Basildon Park. Take in the views from the terrace and pause awhile under the thatched Umbrello seat.
Explore the wider estate on a parkland walk. Choose from one of four trails that are designed for different ages and abilities. Take in the views of the 18th-century Bath-stone house as it glows in the distance.
Discover beautiful views on this three mile circular walk around the meadows and woodlands that form the backdrop to the village of Streatley.
Enjoy food and drink and buy a reminder of your day out on your visit to Basildon Park. Pick up a tasty treat in the tea-room or grab a gardening must-have in the shop.
Embark on a whimsical Christmas adventure at Basildon Park, where the enchanting world of Kenneth Grahame's 'The Wind in the Willows' comes to life!
Join us at Basildon Park for A Wind in the Willows Christmas, 18 November to 5 January, and take part in a children's trail around the gardens.
Sitting elegantly in 162 hectares (400 acres) of historic parkland and gardens, this 18th-century house was purchased by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the 1950s, when it was de-requisitioned after the Second World War. With extraordinary vision, the Iliffes brought Basildon Park back to life, acquiring a collection of fine furnishings and carefully selected Old Masters.
The wooded parkland offers glorious seasonal colour, with spring bluebells, summer buttercups and autumn leaves, while the landscape has been carefully restored to offer wonderful views, peaceful trails and picnic places, with areas for children to run and play. Winter walks are a must.
Follow the rise and fall of Basildon Park from aspirational 18th-century beginnings to its decline after the Second World War and how its fortunes recovered in the 1950s.