Enjoy the parkland and step back in time


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.


Basildon Park is open every day of the year except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Here's how to get there by bus.


Our Reading-Pangbourne-Goring services pass the main entrance to

Basildon Park and House.  It's a short walk up a gentle hill to the ticket office (follow the signs to the Car Park).  You can easily have a morning, afternoon or full day out - or combine it with a visit to nearby Beale Park, also served by the 142 and 144 services.


Our services on this route are revised from Sunday 6th August 2018. We won't be running on this route on Mondays to Fridays, but there will be services on Saturdays and Sundays, and for the first time the Sunday service will run through to and from Wallingford and South Stoke, via Goring and Cleeve.


Details of the Saturday and Sunday services operating from 6th August are shown below.


Please note that when leaving the park, be careful to retrace your steps back to the same entrance you came in through; some of the signs directing to the exit apply to car drivers not bus passengers, and take a very long way round to get to the main A329 road!  Sometimes the gates are closed but are not locked so please don't be afraid to exit this way if you see they are shut.



Our buses stop on request, so please give a clear hand signal to the driver if you wish to board, and let the driver know in good time if you want to get off.  They are 14 seater minibuses, so look out for small buses, not the regular size!


The return fare from Reading is £5 adult, £2.50 children (5-15).  Don't forget you could also get the train to Goring where there are connecting buses to the Park, leaving Goring station.  It's less than a ten minute journey on the bus from Goring.  You can either buy a return from Goring to the Park (adult £4.50, children 5-15 £2.25) or if you buy a single to Reading (adult £5, children 5-15 £2.50) you can come back to Reading on the bus using the same ticket.  Just tell the driver that you want to break your journey at the Park so that you don't get charged twice!  Train fares are extra - contact gwr.com for details.


The buses also pass Pangbourne railway station forecourt.


Please be at the bus stop five minutes before the departure times shown as unusual traffic conditions may result in the bus running slightly early.


If you have National Trust membership, you can get in for free!


For details of opening times and more information about the park and house, please see the website



The park is usually open every day from 10.00 to 17.00 (16.00 on some dates in the winter).  The only days it is closed are Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but please check the website for details.  The house itself usually is open from 12 noon.


2018 Admission charges: (according to the website on 10th February)


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