If you are a National Trust Member, a trip to Basildon Park makes a great day out. Visit the Georgian mansion, or explore the 400 acres of parkland. There are stunning views over the Oxfordshire countryside.
There are often special attractions to visit, such as the Ball Run in the summer or the fairy doors hidden in the woodland walk at Christmas time. Read more about the Ball Run here.
There is a lovely short woodland walk from the main carpark to the house. There are excellent tress for climbing along this walk. Around the grounds, try building a den or play tic-tac-toe in the woodlands. Younger children might enjoy playing make-believe games in the clearing where there are different sizes seats and thrones carved out of tree trunks.
There are also a number of marked trails. The green trail is a brilliant family walk through the woodlands and open fields and it’s pushchair friendly too. It’s 1.5 miles and takes approx 40 minutes. If you go at the end of April you’ll likely see all the beautiful bluebells. There is also a shorter red walk that’s 0.5 miles and takes about 20 mins (it’s also suitable for pushchairs).
Cafe and Picnics
In the house, there is a coffee shop serving cream teams, children’s lunch packs and sometimes soup, a hot pot dish or baked potatoes. There are also plenty of picnic tables scattered around the grounds.
The house is beautiful to walk around. Our favourite time is in the run up to Christmas where you can see the beautiful Christmas tree in the hallway as well as the dining room set up for a lavish Christmas dinner.
Entry is free for National Trust Members, check their website for the latest entry prices.