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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

Come and see the sea of blue in our woodlands

Come and see the sea of blue in our woodlands

The gardens and estate are bursting into life and colour. Come and see the results of our hard work - we recently planted an additional 68,000 spring bulbs. The bluebells are starting to show and soon the woodlands will be a sea of blue.

Download one of our Estate walks to explore woodlands full of bluebells and see the countryside bursting with colour.

50 things to do before you’re 11¾

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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Join in the conversation with us on our Facebook page. You'll find updates on what's been going on at Kingston Lacy along with news and upcoming events.

We love seeing your pictures and hearing what you think, so go on, get in touch and share your experiences.

Readers' choice

Primary Times Star Award 

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.'

Come and see what makes us popular with families by joining us at an event, completing your 50 Things or exploring the house and gardens.

We won gold

We won gold 

In the 2013 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.'

Come and see what makes us the best in Dorset by experiencing the gardens in their seasonal colours. Enjoy a bite to eat in the restaurant or find unique presents in the gift shop.