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 same services.


From December 5th 2018 we'll be running services on this route on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Please see the 'Goring to Reading: The Parks Route' page for full details.


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!


You can get to the park directly from Reading or take the train to Goring where our buses depart from the station forecourt.  If you buy a single ticket from Goring to Reading (or vice versa) you can break your journey at the Park and travel onwards later.  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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