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.
From 1 March - 30 October
On Mondays, only the ground and state room floors will be open; this includes the library, drawing room, dining room, Spanish room, saloon and the state bedroom. The rooms above will be closed. The rest of the week, Tuesday - Sunday, the whole house will be open. Please be aware that rooms may be closed on particular days due to a volunteer shortage or conservation work. Entry to the house will remain the same every day, 11am – 4pm.
Timed tickets will be operating for house entry from Saturday 16 July. Please book your tickets in advance online. Find more information and book your tickets via the event page.
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. New for 2016, see the entrance hall and saloon with fresh eyes as we recreate the rooms as William John Bankes had imagined.