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Basing House

Hampshire Cultural Trust

Unearth the amazing stories of Basing House, the nationally important ruins and grounds of the largest private house in Tudor England, which suffered at the hands of Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War.

Just a short walk along the River Loddon from a free car park, start your visit at the visitor centre. Here you can see the display introducing Basing House and its long and fascinating history. View the site and buildings from afar and see the original, brick-lined fishponds. Step inside the battle-scarred Great Barn, dating from 1535, then continue on past the meadow to the ruins of the main house in Old Basing.

The ruins are set in extensive grounds which are fantastic to explore, perfect for a picnic or a walk with your dog. Visit the Jacobean walled garden and the Basing House Museum to discover artefacts found on the site and the full story of the house.

Don’t miss the magnificent views of Basingstoke from the platform overlooking the ruins. Basing House also runs a full programme of events, outdoor theatre, workshops and activity days during its open period.

Seasonal opening times apply.

Why we love it:

  • A fully family (and dog!) friendly venue.
  • The chance to explore the ruins and imagine what the house would have been like.
  • Visit the Great Barn and spot the artillery damage still visible on the walls.

Find out more about accessibility at Basing House.