Unearth the amazing stories of Basing House, the nationally important ruins and grounds of the largest private house in Tudor England, which suffered at the hands of Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. Just a short walk along the river Loddon from our free car park, start your visit at the visitor centre where you can see the display introducing Basing House and its long and fascinating history. View the site and buildings from afar and see the original, brick-lined fishponds. Step inside the battle-scarred Great Barn, dating from 1535, then continue on past the meadow to the ruins of the main house in Old Basing. The ruins are set in extensive grounds which are fantastic to explore, perfect for a picnic or a walk with your dog. Visit the Jacobean walled garden and the Basing House Museum to discover artefacts found on the site and the full story of the house. Don’t miss the magnificent views of Basingstoke from our platform overlooking the ruins or the Basing Mouse activity trail for children. Basing House also runs a full programme of events, outdoor theatre, workshops and activity days during its open period.
Monday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Tuesday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Wednesday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Thursday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Friday: Closed Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Open for pre-booked groups or schools only from 2 October 2018 - March 2019
Adult - £7.00 Child (5-15 years) - £5.00 Concession - £6.00 Under 5s - Free Family Ticket (up to 5 people, max. 2 adults) - £18.00
By car: follow the brown signs to Basing House car park which is off Barton's Lane near the Millstone public house. Satnavs use postcode RG24 8AE. Please note there is no parking, except accessible parking, directly outside the visitor centre and we ask that our visitors do not park in the village. By bus: take the No.10 bus from Basingstoke Bus Station to Park Lane/A30 junction, which takes approximately five minutes, then cross Basingstoke Common to Redbridge Lane. Go over the humpback bridge, turn left at the junction into Basing Road and right on to the footpath at the bridge over the River Loddon. By rail: Basingstoke station is on the main network rail route to the south west, approximately 45 minutes from London Waterloo On foot: from Basingstoke railway station, follow the Basing Trail which passes through Eastrop Park. The route is on flat or nearly flat terrain and takes approximately 40 minutes at a steady pace. Information panels are located at intervals along the route. The first panel is opposite the main entrance to the station.
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Facilities and services
- Baby changing facilities
- Education facilities available
- Facilities for private functions and events
- Gardens open to public
- Parking for coaches
- Parking for disabled available
- Picnic area
- Study facilities
- Toilets for disabled
- Wheelchair access to some public areas
Basing House is a large site in two parts with accessible parking on both parts as well as at our main car park. Most of the site is accessible to all, however, there are areas with limited access due to rough terrain or steep inclines. There are three accessible toilets around the site. Induction loops are fitted in the visitor centre, the Great Barn, the learning and community centre and the museum. Copies of the guidebook are available free, on loan, for those with hearing loss. Guided tours are available for blind and visually impaired visitors when booked in advance. Braille copies of the Basing House guidebook are available on loan and assistance dogs are welcome anywhere on the site.
- Academic publications and resources available
- Adult lectures and courses held
- Direct teaching services for schools
- Events and resources for children and families
- Information point provided
- Member of staff available with responsibility for education
- Pre-booking service for groups
- Primary school education service available
- Volunteering scheme offered
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