Basildon ParkCurrently Closed
- Address: Lower Basildon, Reading, West Berkshire RG8 9NR, United Kingdom
- Timings: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +44-1189843040
- Ticket Price: 9 GBP
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Park, Historical Site, Restaurant, Leisure, Family And Kids
Basildon Park - Review
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 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Basildon Park
95% of people who visit Reading include Basildon Park in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
86.55% of people start their Basildon Park visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Basildon Park
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Basildon Park
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Basildon Park, Reading Reviews
We are regulars at Basildon with all the family - grandparents through to babes in arms over the years. The formal gardens aren't huge but quite big enough for picnics and strolls. The estate with its long country walks is good for stronger legs. The ball runs and trails for the children provide excellent entertainment every year (they change things yearly to keep it interesting). The woodland walk up from the car park is exciting and in winter very pretty with lights in the trees. The cafe is as good as you'd hope from a National Trust property. Basildon is a lovely, lovely place.
The park is a good place for kids - lots of open space and forest trails. Plenty of picnic sites. The house has some interesting rooms although not all are open. Spectacular painted ceilings in the dining room. Helpful and informative volunteers. There is a big cafe area on the ground floor with indoor and outdoor seating.
We love national Trust properties and decided on a day out here on a bank holiday Monday, it was not surprisingly very busy, so on arrival we were directed to the overflow car park which was much closer to the house, which was a surprise. By parking in the overflow you miss the shop, but also the climb up the hill, which is useful. The tea room was very busy, with only a limited menu, which was disappointing, and there was virtually nothing for someone with a gluten intolerance, this needs addressing. The house is interesting with some very good volunteers who are knowledgeable, it is surprising that all the furniture was acquired in the 1950’s as previously the property was left to rot. The furniture suits the property. Interesting trails for kids to follow Not as good as some properties we have visited but still an interesting day out
Another fabulous National Trust property. Beautifully done out. Particularly love the shell room. Often has additional art exhibitions. Garden is small but ground are extensive with three waymarked walks from half a mile to three and a half ( although thanks to the walk from the car park you will walk further than that). Not flat except for the shortest walk which is pushchair suitable. Lovely tea rooms under house. Lots of kids activities. Often no or limited second hand books.
Park mansion is one of the prettiest places I have seen so far. Staff is very friendly and helpful, they do not mind talking about items exhibited. There is also nice countryside, maintained with plenty space for a walk.