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Outstanding 14th-century moated manor house

Lose yourself in this romantic moated manor house, described by David Starkey as 'one of the most beautiful and interesting of English country houses'.

Built nearly 700 years ago, this house has seen many changes and been owned by Medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high society Victorians.

Highlights include the picturesque courtyard, Great Hall, crypt, Tudor painted ceiling, Grade I listed dog kennel and the private apartments of Charles Henry Robinson, who gave Ightham Mote to the National Trust in 1985.

The house is surrounded by peaceful gardens with an orchard, water features, lakes and woodland walks.

Venture onto the Ightham Mote estate on one of the three estate walks, which offer unique views across the Kent countryside and stunning displays of flora and fauna. There is the renowned ancient bluebell woodland in spring at Scathes Wood, wildflowers in the summer, autumn colours and the crisp days of winter to come back and enjoy. Discover the hoppers' huts and the source of the water spring that feeds the moat at Ightham Mote.

For further information see things to see and do.

What makes Ightham Mote special?

Get into Autumn

Get outdoors and enjoy the autumn © Joanne Welsh

With the days getting shorter, and the trees are starting to change, get outdoors and enjoy the changing season with our Autumn Activity Pack (buy at Visitor Reception for 50p).

Natural play area

Children having fun in the natural play area © Vicki Loader

Our play area, with its stream, log bridge, tunnel, chimes and mud is a perfect place for the family to let off steam and use their imagination.

50 things

50 Things: Track a wild animal © Vicki Loader

Challenge the family to complete all 50 things, chosen by kids all over the country. You can tick off lots of things here, but we really like Dam a stream and pick blackberries growing in the wild.

Be part of our story

A warm welcome for all awaits you at Ightham Mote © (c) NTPL/David Levenson

Do you have a little time to spare and want to be part of a friendly, dedicated team? Join us as a volunteer; we have many different volunteering opportunities available.

Upcoming events

Join us for Ghost and Gourmet © Roger Richards

We've still got lots of events coming up, including the MacMillan Coffee Morning, Apple and Orchard Weekend, October half-term, our popular Ghost and Gourmet event and Christmas.

Join us on social media

Learn about our news, events and special offers on Facebook and Twitter © National Trust

Join us on Facebook and Twitter to share ideas and keep up to date with the latest news and events.