Visiting Kingston Lacy: what you need to know

Kingston Lacy house in Dorset

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. You don't need to book your visit to the property, but entry to the house is via a timed ticket (see below).

In this article:

Do I need to pre-book?

You no longer need to book to visit Kingston Lacy.  

Arrival and parking 

We have a large car park at Kingston Lacy, so there is plenty to space to park away from others. We have designated blue badge holder parking close to Visitor Reception. 

Campervans that are used for transport are welcome but are not permitted to stay overnight. At this time we’re unable to welcome caravans and coaches.

There is no limit to the amount of time you can spend at Kingston Lacy during your visit.   

Staying safe

The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our priority. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. 

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit. 

Visits to the house are limited to ensure social distancing and entry to the house is not guaranteed on the day you visit (see below). Last entry is at 3pm.


A visitor in the shop at Tyntesfield wearing a mask

Face coverings

Face coverings are recommended in enclosed, crowded areas. Thank you for supporting us to make this a safe experience for everyone.

What's open?

The house, garden (including Kitchen Garden and Woodland Walk), cafe (seating available) and Kitchen Garden kiosk (takeaway only), shop, second-hand bookshop and toilets are open.   

Staying safe 

Our cafés and food outlets continue to prioritise the health and safety of staff, volunteers, suppliers and visitors. We'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness, we recommend that face coverings are worn in enclosed and crowded areas.

We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you’ll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone.

Visiting the house

To keep everyone safe, visits to the house are limited to ensure social distancing. Entry is not guaranteed on the day you visit and you may need to queue.

Entry to the house is by timed ticket, which you can collect from the laundry (opposite the shop) on the day you visit.

We are working hard to open as much of the house as possible and currently have the ground and state floors open for you to visit. The bedrooms are closed.

Please call in advance (01202 843752) for more information and pay attention to any signage and advice from staff. Thank you for helping us to open safely. 

Last entry to the house is at 3pm.

Bringing a dog? 

Dogs are welcome in all outdoor areas with the exception of the formal garden, immediately behind the house. Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas. Dog-friendly routes are clearly signed from arrival to help you make the most of your visit. We do ask that you keep your four-legged friend on a lead at all times.



Most of the garden route follows hard-standing paths that are wheelchair and pushchair friendly. There is a shorter garden route for those less able to manage longer distances – this is clearly signed. This route does contain a few small steps and is therefore not wheelchair accessible. Please check with staff on arrival if you have any concerns.

We have added extra seating along parts of the route to offer you a place to rest along the way.

The main entrance to the house has four steps. There is no ramp. If you are a wheelchair users, please ring the ‘day bell’ at the back door and we will organise admission.

Three manual wheelchairs and three powered mobility vehicles are available for loan. Pre-booking is advised by calling 01202 843752.

Please see the Facilities & Access section on the home page for our full Access Statement.


Upcoming events

Sorry, there are no upcoming events at this place.