Autumn at Kingston Lacy

Nature's bounty at harvest time

When autumn arrives Kingston Lacy bursts into colour, with yellows, oranges and reds painting a breathtaking picture across the garden and parkland.

Exploring the Japanese Garden

The 7 acre Japanese Garden holds the jewel in the crown of Kingston Lacy's autumn colour. Lose yourself in the deep reds, rich oranges and golden yellows of over 40 varieties of acer and over 180 trees the acer glade. 

The acer glades in autumn are magical
Autumn leaves at Kingston Lacy
The acer glades in autumn are magical

A unique time of year

The Fernery is a great place to spot some unusual looking fungi. The tree ferns start to close for winter and the falling leaves mean the usually sheltered paths benefit from streams of autumn sunshine.

What will you see sprouting from the ground this autumn?
Fungi on the cedar walk at Kingston Lacy
What will you see sprouting from the ground this autumn?

Nursery Wood

The abundance of deciduous trees in the Nursey Wood means there is lots of autumn colour. If you have the little ones with you, this would be the perfect place to try and catch a falling leaf. Don't miss the peeling bark on the Paperark Maples at this time of year.

Catch a single falling leaf or collect a bunch
Catch a falling leaf at Kingston Lacy
Catch a single falling leaf or collect a bunch

Beech Avenue

This former entrance to the estate was planted in 1835 and is 3.2 km long (2 miles). Enjoy a stroll along this beautiful avenue as over 650 beech trees turn a beautiful burnished bronze.

Beech Avenue aglow in autumn
Beech Avenue aglow
Beech Avenue aglow in autumn

Four-legged explorers

Dogs can take their humans for a walk around the woodland walk to get to the Japanese Garden. There are more fungi to spot in the woodland and lots of falling leaves to crunch through. Find out more about our dog friendly routes around the garden.

Did someone say woodland walk?
Walking the dog at Kingston Lacy
Did someone say woodland walk?

Work in the garden

You may hear the hum of a tractor in the distance as the gardeners work on lawn maintenance. This involves aerating to relieve compaction, scarifying to remove dead material and feeding to promote a healthy root system. The result... a healthy green lawn next year.

The vision for the restoration of the Kitchen Garden at Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy Kitchen Garden appeal  

We've begun the Kitchen Garden project to conserve and restore this important part of the garden that once had a royal reputation. We have ambitious plans but we need your help to do it.