Basildon Park, Reading
Basildon Park, Reading - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Lower Basildon, Reading, West Berkshire RG8 9NR, United Kingdom
Ticket Price: 9 GBP
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About Basildon Park, Reading
Perhaps one of the finest examples of a Gregorian mansion surrounded by a lush green parkland, Basildon Park is located near lower Basildon. Although its history before 17th century is scantily recorded the manor was very much present form 13th century. Its construction was never fully completed as there some minor renovations being done continuously when it was passed on to different owners.
What you see today is perfect reconstruction of how it was in the 18th century. Its exteriors are a mixture of many styles. The east side being neo classic and the west affirms more to Palladianism. The central block is split in 3 floors and has an octagonal drawing room, a ball room, receptions rooms and wine cellars. You can even have expert food cooked and served in the restaurant attached.
Basildon Park Ticket Prices
- Adults: GBP 9.23
- Child: GBP 4.43
- Family: GBP 22.16
- Group Adults: GBP 7.98
- Group Child: GBP 3.99
- For other prices refer website.
Basildon Park Opening and Closing Hours
- House: 12.00 pm to 5.00 pm
- Grounds: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
- House tours: 11.00 am to 12.00 pm
- Shop: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
- Tea room: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
How To reach Basildon Park by Public Transport
- By Train: Get down on Pangbourne or Goring station. The park is five minutes on a taxi from there.
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Basildon Park, Reading Reviews
Nice grounds and house, suspect that were I not a National Trust member, I'd be a bit annoyed at the steep entrance fee. Note that many of the walks aren't paved nor have gravel, was quite muddy when I went. Parking is fairly restricted, we had to queue to get in even though the grounds didn't seem to be that busy.
This is a lovely house with a fantastic story, told by knowledgeable guides if you get there early enough for a group tour. It is interesting to hear about all the filming that has taken place here, Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice to name a few. There is a National Trust gift shop and cafe, not cheap, but good quality items. The grounds are not that interesting but still a quite place to wander with great views. Well worth a visit.
Awesome day out with friends! Great location, and a great place that is full of history. Staff/volunteers were Great, and really knowledgeable. Good was also decent, and even though we were in the cafe at closing time did not get rushed to leave.. service was faultless
We visited Basildon Park this afternoon and were in for a real treat. The route through the house had been reversed it was like seeing it for the first time. The rooms were presented as if you were visiting as a guest for Dinner. The curtains were closed and the rooms lit by electric candle light and chandlers the transformation was amazing, the rooms came alive like they have never been seen by us before. The drapes, carvings and wall coverings were all highlighted to transform the rooms in to a magical place. With paintings lit their beauty enhanced enableing us to really see them in all their glory. This presentation of the house only lasts till half term when it will revert to day time. So visit soon and pray that the National trust will turn the lights on again. The staff and volunteers were so informed and friendly.
Visited a month ago when they first began their "evening dinner party" theme and was so charmed by it. The house and gardens isn't mind blowing like some estates, but the National Trust volunteers really made the visit special. Live piano music and actual baked goods being made in the house's old kitchen added to the atmosphere. Nice afternoon out.