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Kingston Lacy

A lavish family home re-imagined as a Venetian Palace in the rural Dorset countryside.

Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4EA

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Planning your visit

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Get ready for a Summer of Play 

Prepare for a whole festival of fun this summer, with dancing, puppetry, activities and adventures galore from 20 July. Learn to write your name in hieroglyphs, blow some bubbles or make a flower windmill - there's something different happening each week throughout the school holidays. With storytelling, children's yoga and morning dance parties you'll want to spend the whole day here so round up friends and family for a summer sunshine play date to remember. There's something to entertain everyone from the littlest babies to the oldest great grandparents.

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Hidden Treasures of the National Trust 

Interested in seeing behind the scenes at Kingston Lacy? The BBC's second series of Hidden Treasures of the National Trust features Kingston Lacy in episode one. You can watch the six-part series every Friday at 9pm on BBC Two, starting from Friday 10 May, or catch up on BBC iPlayer. And if you'd like to discover more about the ancient treasure that unlocked the secrets of Egyptian hieroglyphs, check out the National Trust podcast, 'The needle on the lawn'.

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Visiting Kingston Lacy with your dog 

Enjoy nature and fresh air on woodland walks across the Kingston Lacy estate in Dorset, and find out all you need to know about visiting with your four-legged friend.

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Family-friendly things to do at Kingston Lacy 

Discover all the things to do on a family day out at Kingston Lacy.

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Group visits to Kingston Lacy 

Groups of visitors are warmly welcomed by the National Trust at Kingston Lacy. Find out more about booking your tickets and the benefits you’ll get.

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