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.


The 142 and 144 buses pass the 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).  


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 improved summer service is expected to start on Easter Sunday 1st April - details will be available on the website once they have been finalised.  In the meantime, please see below for details of the current service.


Coming from Reading?


On Mondays to Saturdays there are direct buses (service 142) from Blagrave Street stops EO/EP (close to the station and the Town Hall) at 11.15 and 13.50 Mondays to Saturdays.  These buses will also pick up on request at Friar Street stop FC, Station Road stop SB and Forbury Road stop EL, then run non stop to Caversham Library before continuing via Crays Pond, Whitchurch Hill and Whitchurch observing all stops to Pangbourne, Beale Park and Basildon Park.


On Sundays buses on route 144 leave Blagrave Street stops EO/EP at 11.05, 12.55 and 15.10.  These services pick up also on request at Friar Street stop FC, Broad Street Mall stop CK and then all stops along the Oxford Road (A329) past Tilehurst Station, through Purley and Pangbourne to the Parks.


The 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 is £5 adult, £2.50 children (5-15).  Buses back to Reading leave the entrance on the main A329 road at 12.23, 14.58 Mondays to Saturdays or at 12.15, 14.20 and 16.20 on Sundays.


If those times are not convenient, why not get the train to Goring where there are connecting buses to the Park, leaving Goring station at 09.45, 12.15 and 15.10 Mondays to Saturdays or at 10.05, 12.05 and 14.10 on Sundays.  It's just 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 - see gwr.com for details.


You can also do the same in reverse - buses leave the Park at 11.56, 14.26 and 16.56 to Goring station on Mondays to Saturdays, or at 11.32, 13.22, 15.37 and 17.37 on Sundays.  


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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