Hampshire Cultural Trust

Visiting Basing House

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 - 31 Oct only)

For enquiries about Filming, photography and private hire of Basing House please contact 01256 477766 (all year)

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Opening times

  • Saturday to Thursday, 1 March 2015– 31 Oct 2015

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

  • Closed Fridays


  • Adult £5.61*

  • Concession (aged 60+/ Student/ Disabled) £5.06*

  • Child (aged 5–15 years) £4.51*

  • Family (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + up to 3 Children) £15.73*

  • Under 5s FREE

  • Carer (with paying disabled visitor) FREE

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

    • Group Adult/Concession £3.80

    • Group Child (aged 5–15 yrs) £2.25

* 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 £5.10, Concession £4.60, Child £4.10, Family £14.30.


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

Audio tours/Podcasts

Be guided on your visit around Basing House by a choice of two characters who lived there in the past. The tours are available in mp3 format and can be downloaded before your visit.

If you prefer to use a written guide then the same tours are available as trail leaflets.

Perfect Place for a Picnic

Picnicing at Basing House

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 in the Museum. See the site plan for locations.


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!

Display in Visitor Centre

See the display which introduces Basing House and its long and fascinating history, browse the shelves in our Gift Shop, with our lovely range of Emma Bridgewater and Cath Kidston 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?


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".

You can now experience what it would have been like to have been trapped in the barn while it was under attack in a hair-raising sound & light show inside the barn.

Play this sound file


Display in the museum at Basing House

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

Formal 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.’)


Dates for 20% off entry

On the following dates in 2015 the Great Barn and entrance area have been privately hired, so visitors will be unable to access these areas.

On these dates we are offering 20% off entry to the ruins side of the site from 11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm).

  • Sat 9 May
  • Sat 16 May
  • Sat 30 May
  • Sat 20 June
  • Sat 27 June
  • Sat 25 July (Walled Garden will be unavailable on this day)
  • Sat 1 August  
  • Sat 8 August
  • Sat 22 August
  • Sat 5 September
  • Sat 26 September