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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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What makes Ightham Mote special?

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Free house tours

Visit us during the week from 3 - 28 November and you will get a free guided tour of selected rooms of the house still open for the winter, whilst we do our conservation work.

Upcoming events

Carols in the courtyard is just one of our events this winter © National Trust

We have a range of events coming up, including a pudding evening, Christmas lunches, Carols in the courtyard, crafts and many more. Make sure you don't miss out.

Family winter pack

Get outside this winter with out activity pack © National Trust

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).

Christmas is coming

Don't forget to visit us this Christmas as part of your family tradition © National Trust / Paul Harris

Don't forget to visit us this Christmas to see the ground floor dressed for Christmas past. Our opening weekend is Sat 29 - Sun 30 Nov, with a mini market, Father Christmas and children's craft.

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