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Basing House Visitor Centre

FREE CAR PARK Address (not for correspondence)

Barton's Lane, Old Basing, Basingstoke, Hampshire

Satnav for FREE Car Park use RG24 8AE

Please do not park on The Street, Old Basing

Tel 01256 463965 (1 March - 22 Oct only)

For enquiries about Filming, photography and private hire of Basing House please contact 01256 639550 (all year)

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Opening times

  • Saturday to Thursday, 1 March 2017 – 22 Oct 2017 (Due to unforeseen circumstances the last day of the season will be Sun 22 October 2017 and not 31 Oct as previously advertised)

  • 11am–4pm 
    Closing time for some events may differ- please check What’s on

  • Closed Fridays and Good Friday 14 April 2017

  • Open for pre-booked groups and schools only from 1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018

Admission

Prices valid from 1 March 2017 until 22 October 2017

  • Adult £7.10*

  • Concession (aged 60+/ Student/ Disabled) £6.60*

  • Child (aged 5–15 years) £6.00*

  • Family (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + up to 3 Children) £18.10*

  • Under 5s FREE

  • Carer (with paying disabled visitor) FREE

  • Special rate for pre-booked groups of 15+ persons (Group prices applicable from 1 March 2017 - 28 Feb 2018)

    • Group Adult/Concession £5.50

    • Group Child (aged 5–15 yrs) £4.50

* Become a Gift Aid visitor. UK tax payers can opt to pay admission that includes a voluntary donation to help safeguard the future of arts and museums in Hampshire. Standard entry prices Adults £6.40, Concession £6.00, Child £5.40, Family £16.40.

 

NEW - Mobile Tour of Basing House

To help you enjoy your visit, we now have an NEW online tour! Please visit www.bh.mytours.org.uk to begin the online tour and start exploring our site. Using your mobile device or tablet, this app will guide you around Basing House and its environs.

This tour includes audio, images and stories which tell the story of our venue and will help you get the most out of your visit.*

*Please be aware that this tour uses data and that a connection to your network is required.

Tudor and Civil War Podcast Tours

Download our Tudor and Civil War podcast tours and play them on your Smart phone or tablet during your visit.

For more information and to download the tours please visit our Podcast tours page.

 

NEW Childrens 'Basing Mouse' trail!

Ask for our NEW Children's 'Basing Mouse' trail on arrival at the admission desk and explore the site with your children.

This trail was devised by students from Aldworth School in Basingstoke.

Refreshments

Hot and cold drinks, biscuits and ice creams can be purchased from the visitor centre during opening hours (11am–4pm).

Perfect Place for a Picnic

There are picnic benches available on site, but please remember to take your rubbish home with you.

Teas, coffees and cold drinks are on sale in our Visitor Centre.

Toilets and Baby Changing

There are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities at the Visitor Centre and the Garrison Gate entrance.

There is also an accessible toilet near the Museum. See the site plan for locations.

Dogs

Dogs are permitted to visit our site on leads.

Please ensure your dog is kept under control and that you clear up after your dogs.

A dog water bowl can be found outside the Visitor Centre for any thirsty dogs!

Visitor Centre/Gift Shop

See the display which introduces Basing House and its long and fascinating history, browse the shelves in our Gift Shop with a variety of books and souvenir items or enjoy a hot or cold drink (perhaps a stop on your walk of the Old Basing Heritage Trail).

Visits to the Visitor Centre are free of charge. Why not drop in even if not intending to visit the rest of the site that day?

Great Barn

A remarkable survivor. The Great Barn at Basing Grange was built in 1535, shortly before a visit by Henry VIII. It was mainly used for storing hundreds of sheaves of corn and barley harvested from the Paulet's vast estate.


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It is one of the largest examples of its kind in England and is the only Tudor building at Basing House to have survived intact to the present day. This is all the more remarkable since it was the at the centre of a famous attack by the Parliamentary army in 1643, an event which gave the barn its local nickname of "The Bloody Barn".

Museum

Our museum exhibition focuses on

  • the archaeology of Basing House, where people have been digging for 360 years!
  • life at Basing in its Tudor and Elizabethan heyday
  • the Civil War and the downfall of Basing

Garden

No stately home would be without its formal garden, as a place for relaxation and entertainment but also a source of plants used in medicine.

The walled garden reflects the final phase of Basing as a great house in the Jacobean period, 1600-1625. Sadly no contemporary illustration or description survives so a distinguished panel of garden historians have designed this garden following the design principles of the day and based on the Paulet family's heraldic devices and their motto ‘Aymes Loyaulte’ (‘Love Loyalty.’)

See the renovated 'Lady of the House' garden which can be found in the far corner of the Walled Garden.