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Basing House Visitor Centre


Address (not for correspondence):

Barton's Lane, Old Basing, Basingstoke, Hampshire

Satnav for FREE Car Park use RG24 8AE

Out of respect for our neighbours and local residents, we politely ask you to park in our free car park and not on the street in Old Basing. Thank you.

Tel: 01256 463965 (17 March - 1 October 2018); 01256 639550 (2 October 2018 - March 2019)

For enquiries about filming, photography and private hire, please contact 01256 639550

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Opening times

  • Saturday to Thursday, 17 March - 1 October 2018
    Closed Fridays

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

  • Open for pre-booked groups and schools only from 2 October 2018 - March 2019


Pay once, visit all year!

Enjoy unlimited visits to Basing House. With your ticket, you can return to this stunning historic site as many times as you like for a whole year. Excludes some special events which may be charged separately - please check our What's On for details.

Save 10% on admission when you pre-book online! 


  • Adult: £7.00

  • Concession (aged 60+/student with ID): £6.00

  • Child 5 - 15 years (under 5s go free): £5.00

  • Family (up to 5, maximum 2 adults): £18.00

  • Carer (with paying disabled visitor): free

  • Special rate for pre-booked groups of 15+:

    • Group adult/concession £5.00

    • Group child (aged 5–15 yrs) £4.00

Prices valid from 1 March 2018.

Please Gift Aid Your Ticket            

Hampshire Cultural Trust is a registered charity and we value your donations. If you are a UK taxpayer* and choose to Gift Aid when you buy your ticket, we can treat your purchase as a donation. This allows us to claim 25p for every £1.00 spent on your ticket at no extra cost to you. Please Gift Aid your ticket to help support communities, heritage and culture in Hampshire. Thank you.

* I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in the current tax year than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations it is my responsibility to pay any difference.

Hampshire Cultural Trust is a registered charity (no. 1158583) and company (no. 08986225) in England and Wales.

Mobile Tour of Basing House

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

The tour includes audio, images and stories which tell the story of  Basing House and will help you get the most out of your visit. Please note that the tour uses mobile 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 smartphone or tablet during your visit.

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


Children's Basing Mouse'trail!

Ask for our children's Basing Mouse trail on arrival and explore the site with your children.

This trail was written and designed by students from Aldworth School in Basingstoke.


Hot and cold drinks, biscuits and ice creams can be purchased from the visitor centre during opening hours.

Perfect Place for a Picnic

There is plenty of space in the grounds of Basing House to enjoy a picnic and picnic benches are available, too. Please 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 Garrison Gate entrance.

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


We welcome well-behaved dogs at Basing House. Please keep your dog on a lead and and under control at all times - and please clear up after them!

A dog water bowl can be found outside the visitor centre.

Visitor Centre/Gift Shop

Here, you can see the display introducing Basing House and its long and fascinating history, browse the gifts and souvenirs in our gift shop or enjoy a hot or cold drink - a welcome stop if you are walking the Old Basing Heritage Trail.

Entry to the visitor centre are free of charge, so why not drop in!

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".


Our museum exhibition focuses on

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


No stately home would be without its formal garden, a place for relaxation and entertainment and 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 of the gardens survived, so a distinguished panel of garden historians has designed this garden following the design principles of the day and based on the Paulet family's heraldic devices, including 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.