A generous bequest

The Baffle Border at Kingston Lacy in 1982

Kingston Lacy house and gardens, Corfe Castle and land in Purbeck including Studland Bay were part of a 16,000 acre estate bequeathed to the National Trust in 1982 by the late Ralph Bankes. 

Kingston Lacy underwent much restoration between 1982- 1985 before being opened to the public in 1986.

The Baffle Border as it is today
The Baffle Border at Kingston Lacy in 2017
The Baffle Border as it is today

Corfe Castle, the Bankes’ family home before they moved to Kingston Lacy in the 17th century, was well established as a place to visit even before the bequest, and the tradition continues to this day.

Studland was also a popular destination in Ralph Bankes’ time and today is visited by more than one million people a year, drawn by its sandy beaches and national nature reserve.

An Elizabethan lutist at Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle

Join us for a Tudor Adventure at Corfe Castle throughout July and August.

A view of Studland Beach, Dorset

Studland Bay

We love sun, sea and sandcastles all summer long at Studland Bay.