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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?

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

Hunting for bugs to tick off one of your 50 things © 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, climb a huge hill and Track wild animals.

Get into Summer

Get the family outdoors and enjoy the countryside © NTPL/Paul Harris

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

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.

Outdoor theatre

Illryia perform outdoor theatre © National Trust

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.

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.