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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'.

From Iron Age forts, to colourful heathland, water meadows and even a Roman road, there’s loads to see on the 8,500 acres of estate.

Don’t forget to pop into the restaurant to try our home-made cake and prize-winning scones.

Japanese Garden celebrations

1 June to 19 July

Henrietta Bankes created a beautiful Japanese Garden at Kingston Lacy in the early 1900s. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the restoration of the Japanese Garden by the National Trust. 

Join the celebrations by taking a stroll along Lady's Walk to see how the garden has developed, discover the Japanese exhibition within the house or join one of the fascinating talks. 

House tours

Enjoy a guided tour of Kingston Lacy on a Monday

On Mondays and Tuesday (excluding Bank Holidays) the house is only open by guided tour.

Discover the history and intrigue of the Bankes family and their magnificent collections with our knowledgeable volunteers.

Tours begin at 11am and run every 20 minutes with the last tour at 3.40pm.

Timed tickets operate, collect yours from Visitor Reception when you arrive.

Normal admission applies.

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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.

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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 silver


In the 2014 Dorset Tourism Awards we won silver in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category. The judges said, 'A really fine property with a great deal to offer a wide range of visitors... a relaxed and pleasant experience throughout.'

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