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Notice: As of 25 November essential tree felling work will be happening in the garden and areas will be closed as work is carried out. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused.
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.
Join us for our Christmas celebrations and see the traditional decorations, visit Father Christmas, get creative at our craft workshops or enjoy a Christmas lunch in the restaurant.
We've also got a wide range of musical events for you to enjoy, listen to the Shottesford Peelers, the Jubilate Singers, join in the dancing with the Bourne River Morris or be enthralled by the Sixpenny Handley Christmas Play.
We won gold
In this year's Dorset Tourism Awards we won gold in the Visitor Attraction of the Year category. We are now being considered for the South West Tourism Awards.
Join the conversation
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.
Discover the secrets of our gardens with our free, easy to use app. Explore the grounds with our annotated maps featuring over 100 plants and points of interest, botanical information and horticultural tips. Let the fascinating stories about how the Bankes family shaped the garden come to life.
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