Killerton House

Purple wisteria climbing the walls of Killerton House, Devon

The house is open daily 11am-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)



Step inside as if it were the 1920s/1930s, and the relaxed family home of Sir Francis Acland, 14th Baronet. 



Welcome back and keeping safe


Face coverings will be mandatory for visitors when inside the mansion, unless you're exempt. We will use a queueing system to manage flow into the house. Windows will be open in the drawing room, dining room and library to add additional ventilation. 

The doors of Killerton mansion are open again
The mansion doors are wide open with fields of cows beyond
The doors of Killerton mansion are open again

Visiting Killerton House


Killerton House lies at the heart of the Killerton Estate, which was the home of the Acland family from the late seventeenth century until it was gifted to the National Trust in 1944. To find out more about the history of Killerton House visit the house history page here


On your visit, you will experience the ground floor of the house as if it were the 1920s/1930s, the relaxed family home of Sir Francis Acland, 14th Baronet. 


You can enjoy the entrance hall, the music room, the staircase hall, the drawing room, library and dining room. As you wander through these rooms, imagine Killerton as the home of an active, busy family who enjoyed a wide range of country pursuits. Mackintoshes in the entrance hall, dogs on the sofa in the music room (despite protests from Sir Francis), the library scattered with books and correspondence. Back in the day, perhaps if you visited at breakfast time, you would have caught a glimpse of Sir Francis feeding his tame pheasant through the window. Upstairs, where once were bedrooms now houses the fashion collection.


Visiting the First Floor of Killerton House 


In 1978, Killerton became the home of the Paulise de Bush fashion collection. The house now hosts fashion exhibitions on the first floor, head upstairs to discover the current exhibition, 'Active Minds and Busy Bodies'.


For the Young, and those Young of Heart 


As a family home there is plenty to do for our younger visitors and for those who are just young of heart….

Legend has it that the Acland children once built a boat in the Study! We don’t offer boat building today, but there are plenty of other exciting things to discover at Killerton. 
One of our favourite games to play as we explore the mansion is to spot all the family pets in the paintings and photographs. The family absolutely adored their dogs, horses and birds. How many can you find hidden in plain sight? See if you can find more than our room guides. Do you enjoy jokes? The Acland’s loved to have fun and there are hidden jokes to be found in the library.

Sir Richard Acland playing Bumble Puppy in the garden at Killerton
Sir Richard Acland playing in the garden
Sir Richard Acland playing Bumble Puppy in the garden at Killerton

For Intrepid Explorers 


Killerton House is home to a family of mice who help to look after the property and help to put on the exhibitions. Can you spot them all as you explore? 
 

Can you spot the mice hiding in Killerton house?
Three felt crafted mice wearing hats and clothes
Can you spot the mice hiding in Killerton house?

 

The grand, panelled staircase at Killerton

Highlights of the Killerton house collection

Collection Assistant Rob selects a handful of his favourite pieces of the house collection. See if you also admire the pieces Roberto recommends.

Tree of Life fashion exhibition at Killerton

Fashion at Killerton

From hat pins to Queen Victoria bodices - there's plenty to see in the fashion collection.

A house party outside of the main entrance at Killerton, Devon

The Aclands left Killerton for you to enjoy 

The Acland family, who left the estate to the Trust in 1944, did so for the benefit and enjoyment of everybody. Find out more about the history behind the large estate, which includes 6,400 acres of land, 250 cottages and 18 farms.