Kingston Lacy

A lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace in the rural Dorset countryside.

Kingston Lacy

Things to see and do

Summer play in the school holidays

We're all going on a summer holiday  

Keep your little explorers busy all summer at Kingston Lacy. There is something going on every day throughout the holidays.

Kingston Lacy

What's on

Upcoming events

Kingston Lacy House Ticket

Sun 28 Aug 2016
Explore Kingston Lacy, a lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace. There's plenty to see, from grand, beautifully detailed carvings, to intimate family souvenirs.

Summer storytelling

Sun 28 Aug 2016
New for 2016, join Michele O'Brien and follow in the footsteps of Anne Frances as she tells the story of her brother, William John Bankes, and his travels around Europe and the Middle East.

Summer holiday craft sessions

Mon 29 Aug 2016
This summer join Walford Mill Crafts for a series of craft sessions taking inspiration from William John Bankes' love of tortoises and collecting. These sessions will be run in the kitchen garden on Mondays and Fridays, 11am - 1pm.

Wooden tortoise art

Tue 30 Aug 2016
William John Bankes collected tortoises and kept them at Kingston Lacy and know you will be able to create your very own wooden pet tortoise. Pop down to the kitchen garden on Tuesdays, 11am - 3pm.

Summer holiday weaving

Wed 31 Aug 2016
Inspired by pictures collected by William John Bankes as he travelled in Egypt learn about the art of weaving.

Activate Coast & Countryside Health Cycle Rides

Thu 01 Sep 2016
Every Thursday, In partnership with Moors Valley Country Park, come and join our fun, friendly and active free cycle rides from 9.30am (please arrive 15 minutes early).
TLCM's production of Much Ado About Nothing

Outdoor theatre  

Enjoy a perfect summer evening filled with tears and laughter at Kingston Lacy's season of theatre.

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Eating and shopping

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Group visits at Kingston Lacy in Dorset

Group visits  

Whether you’re looking for a whole day of things to see and do, or simply need somewhere to stop off for lunch or afternoon tea, Kingston Lacy has great ideas for every kind of group visit.

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Local school group at Kingston Lacy in Dorset

Learning at Kingston Lacy 

From Victorian days and Egyptians to planting in the Kitchen Garden, we create a memorable learning experience tailored to your study needs.

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Places to stay

Kingston Lacy estae in Dorset

Enjoy a break in the rural beauty of Dorset  

We have a holiday cottage and campsite on the Kingston Lacy estate, so you can stay for longer and unwind in this beautiful spot.

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Our work

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