Free coach parking is available off Barton’s Lane for Basing House (use RG24 8AE for SatNav) and a free car park for anyone travelling separately. The site is very close to Junction 6 on the M3. Please note that single decker coaches must be used as double-deckers are unable to access Barton’s Lane.
If you wish to stay on for lunch, packed lunches can be brought with you, and left indoors if required. Lunch can be eaten at the end of the sessions, or between the two sessions if you have a later start.
During warm weather, we recommend picnicking on the Citadel site, and the Lodge Museum will be open for visits. During cold or wet weather, we can provide covered areas at Basing Grange, with a visit to the gift shop if required. Goody bags can also be made up at pre-agreed prices if you would rather not visit the shop.
The Lodge Museum, which tells the story of Basing House from Norman times to the present day, includes child friendly interactives, many of which are about the Tudor house and the Civil War. You are welcome to take your classes in their pre arranged groups into the museum over lunch time.
Using the text panels arranged around the site at key points, find out more about the Norman, Tudor and Stuart history of Basing House. Discover the Tudor ruins and Civil War earthworks, the massive curtain wall and the impressive great well. Climb the viewing tower to get a bird’s eye view of the ruins (accessible viewing available via camera link in the Lodge Museum).
Toilets are available in the Learning & Community Centre, by the main gate to the site of the Basing House ruins and under the Lodge Museum. There are accessible toilets at both locations and a further accessible toilet below the Museum.