Hear the sounds of the Civil War echo at Basing House

Basingstoke, Hampshire

Can you hear Cromwell’s army approaching? The atmospheric sound and light show in the Great Barn conveys the terror of the violent siege.

History comes alive with a bang at Basing House. Here you can experience what it might’ve been like to be inside the Great Barn while it was under attack by the Parliamentary army in 1643. It was later nicknamed ‘The Bloody Barn’ and is the only Tudor building at Basing House to have survived intact to the present day, its battle scars still evident.

Across the road from the Basing Grange buildings you will find interpretive panels guiding you around the ruins of a Tudor palace and 17th-century civil war defences.

Enjoy a picnic in the recreated Jacobean garden, relax in the Bothy Tearoom or head to the Millstone pub, located en-route to the ruins via a pleasant riverside stroll from the visitor car park.

Don’t forget to download the audio tours onto your smartphone or mp3 player in advance of your visit.

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