Local Adventure: Basildon Park #localtourist

Going on local adventures discovering your surrounding area and seeing what is in your backward makes me happy. Traveling abroad is something I am fortunate to say I do lots of but I want to change that up. I made a decision last month to do as many local adventures as possible. Being a tourist in your own country is one of the best experiences ever, you come to appreciate it more. Last week I was able to share with you our first local adventure to Blenheim Palace located in west Oxfordshire. This week we went further afield to West Berkshire to explore Basildon Park.

Basildon Park #localtourist

Basildon Park is an 18th-century country house located in west Berkshire, 2 miles south of Goring & Streatley. The Palladian style property was designed by John Carr for Sir Francis Sykes but has since gone through many owners. In 1978 the property was donated to the National Trust by Lord and Lady lliffe in hopes of it being maintained for future generations.

Prior to our visit to Basildon Park, I had no knowledge of the place and only stumbled upon it. I was researching (google) for the closest national trust areas to my home when I saw it listed. With great enthusiasm I decided we would visit the property come what may. I was sure the weather would be horrid but still wanted to make a day out of it before wine tasting at Veeno Reading.

As a National Trust member the entrance to the park is free, and parking is free for all. We arrived at the park around 10.30 in the morning and we decided to join the 11.00 tour of the house. The walk from the entrance to the house is no more than 5-10 minutes through a small ‘forest’. I say small forest because it’s not a shrub or bush.

Gift shop

At the entrance of the park there is a gift shop which stocks the most amazing items. Obviously we could not visit the park without checking out the gift shop and what it had to offer. We were truly amazed at how cute and decorative the place was and a small section has Christmas decor available.

I am truly glad to have visited Basildon Park, the setting was 1950s dinner and let me tell you it was incredible. To think this house has gone through the world wars and used as a Barracks for the army to a home for others. It was one upon stripped of its valuables and only left with a door frame or nothing else from when it was created. It is a definite must see if you’re ever in Berkshire or Oxfordshire.



  1. October 12, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    That sounds like a fun place to go to and with all that stuff to see. It’s nice to explore and get to know more about our home town.

  2. Rebecca Swenor
    October 9, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    It is always nice to explore the things you never noticed in your home town. Basildon Park sounds amazing. I love visiting gifts at places like this too for souvenirs. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  3. October 9, 2017 / 7:21 am

    There truly is something so refreshing when exploring your own neighborhood and seeing what is at your very own door step

  4. Zena's Suitcase
    October 8, 2017 / 10:11 am

    There are so many beautiful places to explore in the UK and I think sometimes we forget that. The National Trust has some many must see places

    • October 9, 2017 / 6:47 am

      Oh absolutely Zena, we definitely forget how much we already have here at home and thanks to the National Trust I am exploring it all

  5. Cristina Leau
    October 6, 2017 / 5:58 am

    It’s a great idea to stay local. My husband started to take photos again and I’m surprised at things I never noticed, and I’m passing by that street pretty often. It’s a great way to reconect with your city

    • October 9, 2017 / 7:16 am

      It truly is a lovely way to reconnect with one’s own city for sure and I am enjoying my little adventures

  6. October 5, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    i’ve been trying to go on more local adventures in my city these days. I love finding new restaurants and activities and having staycations! This looked great!

    • October 9, 2017 / 7:17 am

      I enjoy staycations and want to do more of them but for now its day trips that i am thriving on and coming back home

  7. Krystle Cook
    October 5, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    It is always nice to stay local. You will be amazed at what you can learn and see. This looks like a fantastic place.

    • October 9, 2017 / 7:18 am

      Indeed, recently I was amazed at how awesome my local area is. It has so much to offer but I never gave it a chance

  8. Kara
    October 5, 2017 / 10:09 am

    I do love an NT shop – they always have such lovely gifts and goodies. Looks like a great place to visit

    • October 5, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      They sure do, I am making a point of checking all of them out as I visit each NT property

  9. Keerthana Jeet
    October 5, 2017 / 1:07 am

    This place looks lovely to visit… I wish one day I could visit this place 😀

    • October 9, 2017 / 7:19 am

      I hope you get a chance as it is such a lovely and historical place to visit

  10. October 4, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    This place looks amazing. I visit Basildon quite regularly so I would love to see this park.

    • October 5, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      You should Stella, its a lovely place

  11. Stephanie
    October 4, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    Love National Trust! I haven’t visited this one, so one to add to the visit list!

    • October 9, 2017 / 7:20 am

      Definitely add it to your list, I am loving all the places I have gotten to explore so far because of the National Trust membership

  12. TheMummyToolbox
    October 4, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    can’t beat a national trust! They are so beautiful and this one isn’t any different! Plus I love a good gift shop!

    • October 5, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Same here, I am glad that I am now a member

  13. kim@hungryhealthygirl
    October 4, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    This looks like such a neat place to visit! I’m loving that little gift shop too!

  14. Newcastle Family Life
    October 4, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    This looks like a lovely place to visit x

  15. Vy Nguyen
    October 4, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    It looks beautiful. How could I not know anything about this place. Thanks for sharing about it to us.

  16. October 4, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    This reminds me of all the National Trust places I used to go with my Family as a child! I’ve not been to Basildon or Blenheim Palace though. I’d like to when I go back home to visit though.

  17. Pragati Siddhanti
    October 4, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    Love the way you have penned this one. Super cool pictures and very informative!

  18. Talya Stone
    October 4, 2017 / 9:29 am

    Yet another lovely spot to discover – I love imagining how these places were used throughout the history. Really enjoying reading all about your local tourist adventures!

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