Basildon Park, Reading
About 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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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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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.
Welcoming. You feel you are entering a home not just a house. The brief notes in each room from Lady Illife give insight into her home. Great for kids too. Lots of things to get involved with. Wonderful smell of cooking from the kitchen. Flapjack, offered to the children. Very helpful staff. Altogether a lovely experience.
Oh dear, long queues at the cafe, dry brownies. But the egg sandwiches were good. The high chair was grubby, as was the pram/children's room in general. I wouldn't go again. It's going to be a picnic for sure. And I thought the gardens were rather sad. If it wasn't for the trees it would have been very disappointing.
Some hands on bits to give a feel of the place. Knowledgeable volunteers. Lovely parkland walks. Could make a whole day out by taking a picnic.
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