Keeping House: winter tours of Kingston Lacy house

Ever wondered what it takes to care for Kingston Lacy? Enjoy an exclusive guided tour around the State and Ground floor rooms of Kingston Lacy house during its winter closure.

  • Booking essential
  • Free event (admission applies)

Take part in a guided tour around the State and Ground floor rooms of this lavish family home. Discover more about the extensive art collection and get an exclusive glimpse of the conservation work that goes on in the winter months when the house is normally closed to the public.

Tours start every 30 minutes and last approximately one hour.

Please be aware that during this period many objects of the collection are covered to help protect them from dust and light damage.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Kingston Lacy

Prices

January and February
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £10.50 £9.50
Child £5.25 £4.75
March to October
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £15.00 £13.60
Child £7.50 £6.80
Family £37.50 £34.00
Twilight (available for last hour of opening time) £10.50 £9.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £12.70
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £6.30

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

During January and February the house will be open by guided tour of the State and Ground Floors only. The January and February prices reflect this. Please be aware that during this period many objects in the house are covered to help protect them from dust and light damage. Please book your timed ticket for the house on our What's on page.

The basics

Booking details
Call 0344 249 1895
Suitability
Assistance dogs are welcome.
What to bring and wear
Please no stiletto heels. Large bags and pushchairs can be stored in the buggy park and locker store located at the side of the house.
Accessibility
Visitors wishing to view the State floor of the house on the tour will need to climb a flight of stairs. The ground floor of the house is accessible to wheelchair users and includes a virtual tour.
Other
Please be aware that the four rooms on the upper two floors of the house will be closed throughout January and February. A virtual tour is available on the Ground floor, which shows the house as it normally looks during the main season opening, March to October, including these upper rooms.

Times

Event opening times and availability
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21 January 2018 11:00 - 12:00 Available
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22 January 2018 11:00 - 12:00 Available
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23 January 2018 11:00 - 12:00 Available
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30 January 2018 11:00 - 12:00 Available
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1 February 2018 11:00 - 12:00 Available
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2 February 2018 11:00 - 12:00 Available
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3 February 2018 11:00 - 12:00 Available
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6 February 2018 11:00 - 12:00 Available
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Upcoming events

Keeping House: winter tours of Kingston Lacy house

Sun 21 Jan 2018
11:00-12:00
Ever wondered what it takes to care for Kingston Lacy? Enjoy an exclusive guided tour around the State and Ground floor rooms of Kingston Lacy house during its winter closure.

Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides

Thu 25 Jan 2018
09:30-11:00
Every Thursday, In partnership with Moors Valley Country Park, come and join our fun, friendly and active free cycle rides from 9.30am (please arrive by 9.15am for a prompt start).

Guided walk: Holt Heath

Fri 02 Feb 2018
10:00-12:00
A walk through Holt Heath, one of Dorset's largest areas of unspoilt lowland heathland. Distance: 3 - 4 miles Time: approx. 2 hours

Out of hours guided walks

Mon 19 Feb 2018
09:30-10:30
Enjoy the opportunity to experience Kingston Lacy park and estate, including some areas not normally accessible, before the grounds open to the public.

Guided walk: The Droves and the Beech Avenue

Fri 02 Mar 2018
10:00-12:00
A walk round the beautiful network of droves and along the stunning 1835 Beech Avenue. Distance: 3 miles. Time: approx. 2 hours.