House & collection

Architectural Marmite

Explore the 19th-century Greek revival-style house and servants' quarters © Arlington Court staff

Architecturally Arlington Court is a fascinating building which either inspires with its clean lines, or displeases with its grey boxy silhouette. However, once inside its imposing facade, everyone is united in praising the homely and elegant charm of the rooms.

All things great and small

The smallest model ship in the collection measuring just over 1cm long © Arlingon Court Staff

The Chicester family liked to collect many things, and made no discrimination in size or materials. From collage pictures made of shells, to model ships made of bone, there are many artefacts to enchant and delight.

Something to explore

Rosalie Chichester was a keen photographer © Unknown

The Explorer Room has been refreshed to reflect the world tour of Rosalie Chichester and her companion Chrissie Peters in 1920. With clothes to try on, a unique game to play and reproduced journals, you'll be able to while away many moments in our interactive room.

Collections online

The collection at Arlington Court contains nearly 4,000 items, many of which were assembled by the Chichester family. 

Something special: a Romney painting

In summe 2013 we took delivery of an elegant portrait of Catherine Chichester, on loan from a private collection. It has taken pride of place in the dining room and will be at Arlington until 2018.

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The sweeping staircase in the Hall at Arlington

Volunteer recruitment days

15-21 February, 11am-1pm

We're looking for enthusiastic and friendly new volunteers to join our dedicated team of room guides. No experience necessary. Pop along to one of our recruitment days to find out more.

Learning on the job

Meet our newest team member, Hannah, who has been embracing new challenges as a 'Passport to Your Future' trainee.

Read about Hannah's work

Five fascinating facts about Arlington

  • The collection boasts an original William Blake picture, which was found on top of a wardrobe in 1949
  • Underneath the house, the cellars contain the original kitchens. Presently the cellars are occupied by several species of bat, so visitors aren't allowed inside
  • The last heiress of the estate, Rosalie Chichester left it to the National Trust in 1949 to be enjoyed by visitors
  • The Chichester family were all avid collectors, which is reflected in the house. Cabinets of shells, model ships and pewter can be found in most rooms
  • Originally a medieval village stood on the location of the front lawn. Recent archaeological work has uncovered some traces of these buildings

Explore our history

  • Mapping the past

    Find out how the Arlington estate has evolved over more than 600 years.

  • Family values

    Discover more about the Chichester family and their passion for collecting.