Please note, our service on this route now runs only on TUESDAYS. For full details please see our 'Goring - Reading 'The Parks Route (The 142-8)' page.
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). Thames Travel also operates a service in the mid afternoon, so 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.
If you're coming from or via Reading, you may find it easier to get to the Park by taking the train to Goring & Streatley station. The bus runs from the station forecourt and takes around ten minutes. There are lifts at Goring station if you need them.
There are also through buses to/from Reading (see below for details) but please note, if you're travelling from Reading or Pangbourne, we don't run a service back in the late afternoon, but Thames Travel's 143 service departs from the main entrance on the A329 at around 16.00 on Mondays to Fridays or 15.45 on Saturdays. Concessionary Pass holders travel free on these services as well as ours. Our buses also pass by Pangbourne railway station if that is more convenient for you.
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!
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.