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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?

50 things to do

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).

May holiday events

Family on a trail © National Trust

Join us for our May school holiday events including a Sorcerer's Apprentice compass trail and cress head making.

Upcoming events

Illryia perform outdoor theatre © Richard Daniel

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

Desperately seeking...

If you were part of the conservation project, we need to hear from you. © Ian Shaw

As part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations, we would like to hear from anyone involved in the building / conservation project. If this is you, please contact us.

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.

Looking for a new role in life?

Be part of the Ightham Mote story by volunteering with us © (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.