Kingston Lacy

A lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace in the rural Dorset countryside

Beyond the Portrait at Kingston Lacy

Beyond the Portrait: Revealing the woman within 

Women have played a crucial role in the development of Kingston Lacy, yet their stories and influence have remained largely hidden. Throughout 2018 and 2019 we are delving deeper into the lives of four women who have been instrumental in shaping Kingston Lacy across 400 years of the estate’s history. 

All year round

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Our work

scaffold at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Conserving the windows at Kingston Lacy 

For the next few weeks scaffolding will be up on the south and west sides of the house at Kingston Lacy as we undertake essential conservation work on the windows.

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What's on

Upcoming events

Christmas house tickets

Fri 14 Dec 2018
Tickets to visit the house at Kingston Lacy at Christmas are very popular, please pre-book to avoid disappointment. Discover festive arrangements in the Entrance Hall, Saloon, Spanish Room, Dining Room and Servants' Hall.

SOLD OUT: Santa Claus at Kingston Lacy

Fri 14 Dec 2018
Meet Santa Claus at Kingston Lacy; tell him your Christmas wishes to add an extra bit of magic to the festive season. Pre-booking essential. Normal property admission applies.

Illuminated Garden at Kingston Lacy

Fri 14 Dec 2018
Enjoy the chance to experience Kingston Lacy after dark during late night openings Wednesdays - Sundays, with a new illuminated experience transforming the Formal Garden as darkness falls.

Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides

Thu 20 Dec 2018
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).

January house tours

Thu 03 Jan 2019
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.

Out of hours guided walks

Mon 21 Jan 2019
Enjoy the opportunity to experience Kingston Lacy park and estate, including some areas not normally accessible, before the grounds open to the public.
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Eating and shopping

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Group visits at Kingston Lacy in Dorset

Group visits  

Whether you’re looking for a whole day of things to see and do, or simply need somewhere to stop off for lunch or afternoon tea, Kingston Lacy has great ideas for every kind of group visit.

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Get involved

Find your place

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School children visiting a National Trust property

Learning at Kingston Lacy 

Discover more about learning opportunities at Kingston Lacy.

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Places to stay

Kingston Lacy estae in Dorset

Enjoy a break in the rural beauty of Dorset  

We have a holiday cottage and campsite on the Kingston Lacy estate, so you can stay for longer and unwind in this beautiful spot.

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Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Kingston Lacy on the National Trust Collections website