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Notice: Pot Holes! Until the weather dries out we can't fill the pot holes at the entrance gates. If you drive slowly you should be OK.
Elegant country mansion set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland
Explore Kingston Lacy, a lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace.
There’s plenty to see, from grand, beautifully detailed carvings, to intimate family souvenirs and even strange curiosities such as an ‘I owe you’ note from a king.
An art lover’s dream, take a look at rooms teeming with paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel. In the Egyptian Room you can discover the largest private collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the UK.
Enjoy a summer picnic on the south lawn or let the children run wild in the nearby play areas. Have a wander around the Japanese Garden, complete with authentic tea house or take a sheltered walk through the surrounding woodland. You can even learn how to grow your own food in the ‘Community Growing Spaces'.
Why not bring a bike and head out to explore our diverse 8,500 hectare estate? From Iron Age forts, to colourful heathland, water meadows and even a Roman road, there’s loads to see.
Don’t forget to pop into the restaurant to try our home-made cake and prize-winning scones.
Spring flowers burst into colour
From February onwards the gardens and estate burst into life and colour. See the hard work of the recently planted additional 68,000 bulbs. The snowdrops are set to be at their best in February and give way to daffodils, bluebells, hyacinths and tulips.
Download one of our Estate walks to see woodlands full of bluebells and the countryside bursting with colour.
We’ve put together a list of 50 of the ultimate outdoor activities that everyone should do before they're 11¾. With a whopping 30 activities possible on the estate, there's plenty of exciting things to tick off here, from den building to star gazing and tracking wild animals.
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We won gold
In this year's Dorset Tourism Awards we won gold in the Visitor Attraction of the Year category. The judges said, 'The house is spectacular and the gardens are clearly lovingly restored and looked after.'
The readers of Primary Times magazine have just awarded us their Reader Star Award: Favourite Historic Attraction in Dorset.
They said, 'The picturesque surroundings and various family events contributed to the National Trust's Kingston Lacy scoring the most votes in the Stately Home and Historic Attraction group.'