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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.

50 things to do before you’re 11¾

Are you brave enough to hold a scary beast?

Are you brave enough to hold a scary beast?

This summer join the children and get closer to nature by completing your 50 things. With 30 activities to tick off across the estate there's plenty to keep everyone entertained.

From den building to bird watching, wild art to holding a scary beast there will be something for everyone to do - the grown ups may even learn a thing or two.

Best orchid display at Badbury Rings for 30 years

Up to 11 varieties of wild orchid have appeared at Badbury Rings, the most our rangers have seen on the Iron Age hill fort.

The warmer winter and spring has led to an explosion in the numbers and varieties of wild flowers on the site. These include a number of rare orchids that should be on display until the end of July, including the common spotted orchid alongside the greater butterfly, bee, pyramid, fragrant and common twayblade.

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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.

We love seeing your pictures and hearing what you think, so go on, get in touch and share your experiences.
 

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 gold

We won gold 

In the 2013 Dorset Tourism Awards we won gold in the Visitor Attraction of the Year category. The judges said, 'The house is spectacular and the gardens are clearly lovingly restored and looked after.'

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

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