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. However, please be aware that the house operates on timed tickets to stagger the entry of visitors across the day. These can be picked up on arrival at Kingston Lacy and cannot be booked in advance (for more information, see below)

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 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 enable social distancing and entry to the house is not guaranteed on the day you visit (see below). It is mandatory to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces, so please bring a face mask with you and wear it when visiting the house.

Face coverings

Face coverings must be worn in the house, shop and second-hand bookshop, and 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), 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. Face coverings are not required in our cafés and tea-rooms but we recommend that they are worn in enclosed and crowded areas. We'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness.

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

It is a legal requirement to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces, so please bring a face mask with you and wear it when visiting the house.

To keep everyone safe, visits to the house are limited to enable social distancing. Entry is not guaranteed on the day you visit.

Entry to the house is by timed ticket; the reception staff will tell you more when you arrive.

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 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. 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.

Two mountain trikes, two manual wheelchairs and four 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

Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail

Tue 18 Jan 2022
This winter, treat your little ones to a world of adventures at on the Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail. The trail will take place between 4 December and 30 January.

Nordic walking workout: every Tuesday at 10am

Tue 18 Jan 2022
Would you like to try Nordic walking in the beautiful surroundings of Kingston Lacy? Dorset Council run weekly walks every Tuesday at 10am that last an hour. You can join straight away if you have your Nordic Walking UK Freedom Pass or call...

Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides: every Thursday at 10am

Thu 20 Jan 2022
Would you like to take up cycling again, have lost confidence, or would just like to ride with other people using traffic-free trails or quiet country lanes? These rides are led by trained volunteers from Dorset Council's Health and Activity...

Snowdrop Guided Walk

Wed 26 Jan 2022
Book your place on a guided snowdrop walk. Explore the gardens to spot this delicate flower.

February Half Term

Sat 19 Feb 2022
Bring your wellington boots and explore the woodlands to discover the life cycle of a snowdrop on the '50 things' activity trail.

Plant a bulb

Mon 21 Feb 2022
Green fingers at the ready and join us in the Kitchen Garden to plant a seasonal bulb to take home in your very own personalised pot.