Unearth the amazing Civil War stories of Basing House

Basingstoke, Hampshire

Basing House was the largest private house in Tudor England, which suffered at the hands of Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War.

Although today only its foundations remain, Basing House was once home to the powerful courtier William Paulet. It was the scene of many royal visits, by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and others. 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, the house fell to Oliver Cromwell himself.

Step inside the battle-scarred Great Barn, dating from 1535 and download the audio tours from online on to your devices in advance of your visit. Across the road from the Basing Grange buildings, you will find interpretive panels guiding you around the ruins of the Tudor palace, 17th Century Civil War defences and the museum which tell the many stories of Basing House.

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