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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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There were our own / there were the others

An example of Alec Finlay’s artwork to commemorate the First World War

As part of our remembrance of the First World War, the Crypt hosts a piece of artwork by Alec Finlay, which highlights the effects of conflict the world over using poetry.

50 things

’50 Things’ 

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. 

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