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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?

Join our beer club

The National Trust Beer Club aims to offer club members the finest selection of craft beers and ciders from producers in the UK.

Visit us on 24 July for our launch and tasting session at the shop.

Friday Night Live

Family Music Festival at Ightham Mote © Friday Night Live

Join us for a family music festival featuring local bands alongside children's entertainment. Refreshments include hog roast, ice cream and crepes.

50 things

’50 Things’ © Friday Night Live

Go wild, get muddy and have some fun outdoors. Tick off some of your 50 things in our natural play area in the garden, or with our Activity Pack (from 50p) on the estate.

Summer holiday fun

Family fun at Ightham Mote © Chris Walker

Keep the family entertained this summer with trails, quizzes and our new natural play area. Family fun Thursdays include a Regency day, Teddy bears picnic and sports day. 

We will remember

Take a silent walk of remembrance with us to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Followed by an installation of poignant artwork by Alec Finlay.

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