Visiting Ightham Mote with the family

With walks, trails, a natural play area and acres of nature there is plenty to keep the family occupied on a visit to Ightham Mote. Read on to find out how to get the best out of your visit.


  • Toilets - located beside the cafe, and also beside the shop (near the house), unisex changing facilities in both locations, steps to helps children reach the sinks
  • House - baby feeding room, childrens quizzes, baby hip-seats, buggy park
  • Cafe - high chairs, lunchboxes 
  • Shop - pocket money toys
  • Garden - explorer map, natural play area, picnic area


Explore the garden

Use our children's garden map to explore our historic garden, with its ponds, stream and lake fed by natural springs. Our garden isn't suitable for bikes, scooters, frisbees and balls, so please leave them at home, but you don't need them as we have a natural play area at the end of the garden.

Discover the natural play area

We suggest you bring a change of shoes, clothes and even a towel, as our natural play area is there to get messy. Whether you want to practice your balancing skills, race through the living willow tunnel, create mud pies or make sweet music, come rain or shine just let your imaginations run wild. Find out more about the natural play area.


Wander the estate

Why not extend your visit with a woodland wander or a hill climb on our estate, which is brimming with wildlife and the changing colours of the season. Our children's estate map shows the three way marked walks, from one to five miles. Rather than just wandering around, why not set some challenges for everyone to complete such as:

  • Who can walk the quietest
  • Who can find all the colours of the rainbow
  • Who can spot the most different types of leaf


Uncover the house

Don't be afraid to take the family around the house. Take a walk around the house and see what you can spot.