The garden at Kingston Lacy

Snowdrops growing in the garden at Kingston Lacy

Why not wrap up warm and have wander around the garden at Kingston Lacy. Look out for the ancient Egyptian obelisk, transported all the way to Dorset with the help of the Duke of Wellington, marvel at the Japanese garden or the twisty paths of the Victorian Fernery. The sheltered woodland walk is a great place to play and let the kids explore.

Seasonal highlights

January and February is a lovely time to visit the garden at Kingston Lacy. The Japanese garden, Lime Avenue and the Victorian fernery become a carpet of snowdrops. By the time March and April arrive the pale spring colours begin to emerge; tulips, cherry blossom, daffodils and bluebells are some of our favourites. 

The Japanese Garden in bloom
Blossom in the Kingston Lacy Japanese garden

Garden of the rising sun

Step foot in the far east as you explore this seven-acre Japanese garden which was created in the early 1900s. Follow Lady Walk and look out for bamboo plants, granite lanterns and an authentic Japanese tea house. Come in the spring for cherry tree blossom, or the autumn for flaming red Japanese maples.

An ancient treasure

This ancient 6.5m-high obelisk casts a shadow over Kingston Lacy’s south lawn, a monument the adventures of William Bankes, the ‘explorer’. Amazingly, the six tonne obelisk took 9 years to be shipped from Egypt to England, helped by the Duke of Wellington.

The fernery

Why not explore the shaded fernery. Sheltered by yew trees, this early 1900s fernery is home to over 40 different types of fern, how many can you find? Visit in spring to see the fernery ablaze with vibrant colour and 30 different varieties of snowdrop.

The carpets of snowdrops are gradually appearing throughout the garden
Carpets of snowdrops at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Nursery Wood

Follow Lime Avenue and you’ll find the arboretum known as Nursery Wood. This area bursts into life during the spring and summer months, with a spectacular display of azalea, camellia, rhododendron and flowering cherry trees.

Kitchen garden

Don’t miss the kitchen garden, which in its hey day was second only to Kew Gardens. You can have a browse and see what’s growing this month and even pick up some fresh vegetables.

Have a wander around our community growing spaces; specially designed for local residents and schools to have the opportunity to learn how to grow their own food. See what’s in season and take home inspirational tips from the gardeners.

The garden at your fingertips

Discover the secrets of our gardens with our free, user friendly app. Explore the grounds with our annotated maps, augmented reality and extra QR code information.

Suitable for iPhone and iPod Touch running iOS 4.1 plus

We recommend downloading the app before visiting as there is no internet access at Kingston Lacy.


Kingston Lacy - Growing Spaces

Find out about our Growing Spaces project. We offered some of the garden at Kingston Lacy to people and schools to grow their own vegetables and flowers.