Basing House was once the country’s largest private house and home to the powerful courtier William Paulet, Marquess of Winchester. It was the scene of many royal visits, by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and others. The earthwork banks and ditches of an earlier medieval castle still dominate the ruins.
The wealth and power of the Paulet family, their loyalty to the crown and nearness to London brought disaster to Basing in the Civil War. After long sieges and bombardments the House fell to Oliver Cromwell in person.
Start your visit at the Basing Grange buildings, restored and converted to provide new visitor centre, gift shop, refreshments and toilets/baby changing facilities.
Step inside the battle scarred Great Barn dating from 1535 and experience the new audio/visual show. Download the new audio tours via our website on to your smartphone/MP3 player in advance of your visit.
Across the road from the Basing Grange buildings you will find new interpretive panels guiding you around the ruins of the Tudor Palace, 17th Century Civil War defences and the newly refurbished museum telling the many stories of Basing House.
Enjoy a picnic in the re-created Jacobean garden.
Please visit our website for a full list of events throughout the season, such as the Sealed Knot Civil War action, Tudor day, workshops and lots more.
- Regional and Miscellaneous - Tourism South East Member 2016
|March - October (1 Mar 2016 - 31 Oct 2016)|
* Open for pre-booked groups Nov - Feb. Open Good Friday and Bank HolidaysDates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Child 5 -15 yrs||£4.90|
|Child under 5 yrs||Free|
|Family 2 + 2 (or 1 +3)||£17.00 per ticket|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
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