The Bankes family home
Step inside the home of one of the most powerful families of Dorset and discover the history of Kingston Lacy and the flamboyant Bankes family who owned vast swathes of Dorset for over 400 years. From fighting the forces of Oliver Cromwell, to gathering one of the world’s largest collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts, the Bankes have a colourful past.
House opening 2017
In January and Febuary only the servants hall, exhibition space and Egyptian room are open for an exhibition. The exhibition details maps never before seen of the wider Kingston Lacy estate, including as far as Purbeck.
The whole house reopens in March via timed tickets. Please book your ticket online in advance and bring a printed or mobile version with you, as there will be limited availability on the day.
New for 2017, from March there will be a storage facility for bags and pushchairs before you enter the house. This is located near the shop and detailed on your welcome map from Visitor Reception. Please leave your bags, loose items in the lockers and pushchairs in the spaces provided.
Outstanding collection of paintings
Kingston Lacy is home to one of the finest private collections of paintings in Britain with works by Rubens Van Dyck, Tintoretto, Titian and Brueghel. See the entrance hall and saloon with fresh eyes as we recreate the rooms as William John Bankes had imagined.