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Notice: Come see us this winter, with the ground floor of the house partially open to highlight conservation. The cafe, shop and visitor entrance close at 4pm, with the house closing at 3pm. Last entry, 30 minutes before closing. The property re-opens fully on Sunday 1 March.

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.

A flavour of winter - house under wraps

Join us from 6 January - 28 February,  as we open selected rooms on the ground floor to highlight our conservation work. During the week, you may see some of our conservation team in action. 

Winter walks

Blow away the cobwebs on a winter walk © NTPL/David Levenson

Join us for one of the Mote Café’s winter walks. Informal guided walks take place on Sundays throughout January and February. 

Booking essential.

Family winter activity pack

Get outside this winter with out activity pack © NTPL/David Levenson

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

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