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 2018
The whole house is now open via timed entry tickets. Please book your ticket online, in advance, and bring a printed or mobile version with you. Alternatvely phone 0344 249 1895. There may be limited availability on the day, issued on a first come first served basis.
There is 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.
On rare occasions it may be necessary to close rooms within the house for conservation purposes. If there is something in particular you wish to see during your visit we advise you to phone ahead to ensure that it will be available at the time of your trip.
From the end of October to the beginning of March the 4 rooms in the upper two floors of the house will be closed for conservation purposes.
House entry tickets FAQ
Entry to the house, from March till October, is by timed entry tickets and we've pulled together some of the most frequently asked questions about how they work.
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.