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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.

Spring blooms and poetry

Will you be inspired to pen a line or two?

Will you be inspired to pen a line or two?

As spring has arrived with a blast of glorious sunshine and high temperatures the flowers are bursting into bloom throughout the garden. From camellias and cherry blossom to tulips and bluebells there is colour at every turn.

This year discover a range of spring poems scattered around the gardens from traditional poems by Thomas Hardy and Wordsworth to Japanese Haikus and even a verse written by Viola Bankes.

On Sundays until 17 May there is a selection of poetry workshops being organised in conjunction with Poole Poetry Group. See the events section for more details.

Out & about

Get your walking boots muddy with one of our trails

Now the evenings are lighter and the temperatures are warming up it is the perfect time to start exploring the 8,500 acres of estate owned and managed by Kingston Lacy.

There are 12 waymarked trails to follow; taking in many sights and you will be able to see nature waking up. Download a walk today and see what you will discover.

New for 2015: Out of hours free guided walks. On the 3rd Monday of the month join a guided walk to discover Kingston Lacy garden and estate. These walks are approximately 3 miles - discover more.

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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.