A generous bequest
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.
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.
Join us for a Tudor Adventure at Corfe Castle throughout July and August.
We love sun, sea and sandcastles all summer long at Studland Bay.