Facilities & access

General

  • Mote Café, serving drinks, snacks, home-cooked lunches and teas.
  • Refreshment kiosk open at peak times in walled car park.
  • Picnics welcome at the picnic benches near the walled car park and at the north end of the garden beyond the North Lake (not in the formal areas around the house).
  • Old Coach House Shop selling a selection of gifts and souvenirs
  • Suitable for group visits - please contact us to book
  • Toilets and baby changing facilities available behind the Mote Café and Old Coach House Shop.
  • Parking for more than 200 vehicles. Please note: this is a Pay and Display car park - National Trust members Free, non-members £2.
  • Assistance dogs welcome throughout house and gardens.
  • Dogs welcome on the estate - outside the pay perimeter and on the outside patio area at the Mote Café.
  • Dog drinking bowls available on Mote Café patio, outside Visitor Reception and the lower gate.

Family & children

  • Children's explorer map for the gardens. Available from Visitor Reception.
  • Natural play area - imaginative play area for the under 10s.
  • Children's quizzes for the house available from the Conservatory.
  • Baby-changing facilities in toilets behind the Mote Café and Old Coach House Shop.
  • Baby feeding facilities in the main house - please ask a member of staff.
  • Baby slings & hip-carry infant seats available to borrow from the Conservatory.
  • Buggy friendly route map available from Visitor Reception and the Conservatory.
  • Family events and activities throughout the year - please see events page for details or pick up an events leaflet from Visitor Reception.
  • Mote Café offers high chairs and a baby bottle and food warming station.

Access

  • Designated parking spaces available for disabled visitors in the Walled car par - next to Visitor Reception.
  • There is a volunteer-driven shuttle buggy between Visitor Reception and the Shop (depending on availability of drivers).
  • For those dependent on motorised mobility chairs, it might be easier to drive down to the disabled entrance next to the shop. Please pay at Visitor Reception first. Please note: some motorised mobility chairs are too large to go round the house due to size / width of rooms and corridors.
  • Manual wheelchairs available to borrow from Visitor Reception on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Accessible toilets available at the top of the property, behind the Mote Café; and the Old Coach House Shop near the house at the bottom of the slope.
  • Walking sticks / stick seats are available to borrow from Visitor reception on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Gardens have a mixture of gravel and grass paths, some steep slopes, undulating terrain and steps.
  • Suggested level access map around the gardens available from Visitor Reception.
  • House has uneven floors, steps and doorways of different widths. Only the ground floor is accessible. Please download our access guide for full details.
  • Induction loop
  • Large print and Braille house guides available to borrow from the Conservatory.
  • Assistance dogs welcome throughout house and gardens.
Our detailed access guide will help you plan your visit © Olly Hitchen

Our detailed access guide will help you plan your visit

More detailed access guide

As Ightham Mote is a place which dates back nearly 700 years, the house has uneven floors, steps and doorways of different heights and widths. To help you with your visit, we have produced a detailed guide that will help you identify the different 'features' of the house.
 

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