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 142 and 144 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 new summer service started on Monday 9th April 2018. There will be a new express service running Mondays to Saturdays on the 144 direct route leaving Reading Blagrave Street at 11.30, returning from the Park entrance on the A329 main road at 15.24.  This is in addition to three journeys on the 142 route via Whitchurch Hill.  Please see the ''Timetables from April 9th 2018" page for full details.

 

We'll also be running three return services on the 144 direct route on Sundays from May 27th until October 28th 2018.

 

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.

 

                        Coming from Reading?

     These times apply from Monday 9th April 2018

 

On Mondays to Saturdays there is a new fast bus (service 144) from Blagrave Street stops EO/EP (close to the station and the Town Hall) at 11.30, taking only around 30 minutes to get to the Park entrance.  You can also catch this bus at Broad Street Mall (stop CX) and anywhere along the Oxford Road through Purley and Pangbourne.  There are also services on the slightly longer route 142 at 09.10 (Mondays to Fridays only) and 13.35.  These route 142 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.

 

Our Sundays & Public Holidays service on route 144 will run from 27th May until 28th October 2018.  Buses leave Blagrave Street stops EO/EP at 11.05, and 13.05.

 

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 (service 142) and 15.23 (service 144) on Mondays to Saturdays.  On Sundays and Public Holidays 27th May to 28th October (only) you can return direct to Reading at 12.13 and 15.13 (service 144).

 

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 10.15 and 12.15 Mondays to Saturdays (service 142) or at 10.05 and 12.05 on Sundays & Public Holidays 27th May to 28th October (service 144).  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 - contact gwr.com for details.

 

The buses also pass Pangbourne railway station forecourt (platform 2 entrance) at 11.53 and 14.14 Mondays to Saturdays or 11.28 and 13.28 on Sundays & Public Holidays 27th May to 28th October.

 

Buses return from the stop on the main road at the entrance to Pangbourne and Reading at 12.23 and 15.23 Mondays to Saturdays or 12.13 and 15.13 on Sundays and Public Holidays 27th May to 28th October.  To Goring, they leave at 11.56, 14.17 and 16.52 Mondays to Saturdays and 11.31, 13.31, 16.31 on Sundays and Public Holidays 27th May to 28th October.

 

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

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/basildon-park

 

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)

 

Gift Aid

Standard

Adult

£14.00

£12.70

Child

£7.50

£6.80

Family

£35.55

£32.30

Group Adult

Minimum group size 15

N/A

£11.00

Group Child

Minimum group size 15

N/A

£5.40

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