Basildon Park



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This 18th-century house, built of Bath stone, fell into decay in the 20th century, but was beautifully restored by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the 1950s. The classical front has a splendid central portico and pavilions, and inside there are delicate plasterwork decorations on the walls and ceilings. The Octagon drawing room has fine pictures and furniture, and there is a small formal garden. The mansion is set in 400 acres of historic parkland, so there’s plenty of room to stretch your legs. Please contact for details of special events.

Basildon Park


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Buggy service, video tour for less able visitors
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily 10-5 (closes at dusk if earlier). House open 11-5, tours only from 11-12. Access to house may be by guided tours only between Nov & Mar

About the area

Discover Berkshire

Berkshire essentially consists of two distinct parts. The western half is predominantly rural, with the Lambourn Downs spilling down to the River Lambourn and the Berkshire Downs to the majestic Thames. The eastern half of Berkshire may be more urban but here, too, there is the opportunity to get out and savour open spaces. Windsor Great Park and Maidenhead Thicket are prime examples. Threading their way through the county are two of the South’s prettiest rivers – the Lambourn and the Pang. Beyond the tranquil tow paths of the Kennet and Avon Canal, Greenham Common’s famous airbase has been transformed to delight walkers of all ages.

Reading and Newbury are the county’s major towns, and the River Kennet flows through them both. Reading is a vibrant, multicultural centre with great shopping and plenty of history. Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading prison in the late 19th century, and wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol about his experience. Newbury is probably best known for its race course, which opened in 1905, although the first recorded racing at Newbury was a century before that. Famous people born in the county include Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Winlset and Ricky Gervais.

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