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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?

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

Enjoy a lovely chocolate prize when you have a go at our Easter trail © NT/Stuart Cox

Sat 4 April, 11am - 3.30pm

Calling all budding eggsplorers - join us for our Cadbury Easter Egg trail. Follow the trail to earn your chocolate prize. Trail costs £2.50.

Family spring activity pack

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

Go wild, get muddy and have some fun outdoors. Blow off the cobwebs and tick off some 50 things with our Spring Activity Pack (download for free or buy at Visitor Reception for 50p).

Coming soon...

Find out more about our range of events this year © Lorraine Cockerton

Get involved with some great events this year. Whether you are looking for music or dance; outdoor theatre; or ways to keep the kids entertained, Ightham Mote has a lot to offer.

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