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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.

Timed ticket guided tours on Monday and Tuesday © NTPL/Arnhel de Serra

Timed ticket guided tours on Monday and Tuesday

Monday & Tuesday house entry

On Mondays and Tuesdays access to the house is by timed ticket guided tour only. Tours begin at 11am and run every 20 minutes with a maximum of 16 people per tour - equating to 240 people per day. Tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis from Visitor Reception. Unfortunately tickets cannot be booked in advance so please be aware that these tickets may sell out as early as midday.

Summer fun...

  • Get closer to nature at Kingston Lacy © NTPL/John Millar

    50 things to do before you’re 11¾

    This summer get closer to nature and encourage the children to complete their '50 things to do before you're 11¾'. Discover the woodland walk and follow the trail to tick off building a den, bird watching, hunt for bugs and much more.

    Download the trail and begin the adventure

  • Show your creative side © NTPL/Katherine Bundy

    Wild art Fridays

    On Fridays, until 28 August, come down to the Kitchen Garden and create some wild art. Drop in to one of the workshops, being organised by Walford Mill Crafts, from 11am – 1pm.

    Discover more about wild art

  • Come and see what life was like below stairs © NTPL/Arnhel de Serra

    Above and below stairs

    On Fridays, 11am - 3pm, discover what life would have been like below stairs during the Bankes' time. Have a go at washing in the laundry or meet the butler and maids to hear tales from the house.

  • Sit back and enjoy an evening of entertainment © NTPL/Lord Chamberlains Men

    Open-air theatre

    Sit back, relax and enjoy a theatre performance in the beautiful gardens.

    Thursday 6 August - Twelfth Night

    Sunday 16 August - Around the world in 80 days

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