Discover the gardens of Kingston Lacy with one of our volunteer garden guides. From general interest and stories of the gardens past and present, a guided tour is an excellent way to see the seasonal highlights. For specialist interests the Japanese Garden tour includes the added extra of visiting the Tea Garden.
Tour times are displayed each day (weather permitting) on a board in the rose garden rotunda, this is also the meeting point for the tours.
Garden of the rising sun
Step foot in the far east as you explore this seven-acre Japanese garden which was created in the early 1900s. Follow Lady Walk and look out for bamboo plants, granite lanterns and an authentic Japanese tea house. Come in the spring for cherry tree blossom, or the autumn for flaming red Japanese maples.
An ancient treasure
This ancient 6.5m-high obelisk casts a shadow over Kingston Lacy’s south lawn, a monument the adventures of William Bankes, the ‘explorer’. Amazingly, the six tonne obelisk took 9 years to be shipped from Egypt to England, helped by the Duke of Wellington.
Why not explore the shaded fernery. Sheltered by yew trees, this early 1900s fernery is home to over 40 different types of fern, how many can you find? Visit in spring to see the fernery ablaze with vibrant colour and 30 different varieties of snowdrop.
Follow Lime Avenue and you’ll find the arboretum known as Nursery Wood. This area bursts into life during the spring and summer months, with a spectacular display of azalea, camellia, rhododendron and flowering cherry trees.
Don’t miss the kitchen garden, which in its hey day was second only to Kew Gardens. You can have a browse and see what’s growing this month and even pick up some fresh vegetables.
For families there’s plenty of space for picnics and children can play at being farmers on the old tractor.
Have a wander around our community growing spaces; specially designed for local residents and schools to have the opportunity to learn how to grow their own food. See what’s in season and take home inspirational tips from the gardeners. You can also say hello to our chickens, and a variety of different pigs.
The garden at your fingertips
Discover the secrets of our gardens with our free, user friendly app. Explore the grounds with our annotated maps, augmented reality and extra QR code information.
Suitable for iPhone and iPod Touch running iOS 4.1 plus
We recommend downloading the app before visiting as there is no internet access at Kingston Lacy.