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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.
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What makes Ightham Mote special?
Natural play area
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.
Get into Summer
Spend some of your summer holidays at Ightham Mote, with our Themed Thursdays and plenty of fun outdoors with our Summer Activity Pack (buy at Visitor Reception for 50p).
Be part of our story
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.
As part of our events programme, why not enjoy an evening in the garden with our outdoor theatre as Illyria perform The Three Musketeers and the Sorcerer's Apprentice.