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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

A vintage carousel in front of Kingston Lacy

Planning your visit

A small child accepts a gift from Father Christmas

Christmas at Kingston Lacy 

From 25 November the property will be transformed as folk tales from across the world are brought to life by magical decorations. There'll be a vintage carousel, a host of twinkling lights and (shhhh!) storytime with a very special visitor... Find your festive at Kingston Lacy.

House access in January

House access in January 

Kingston Lacy was never designed to have the numbers of visitors it enjoys today. To preserve this incredible collection for the future, the conservation team needs space to work on deep cleaning the rooms and items within them. So throughout January (exc 2-5 and 9 Jan, when the house is closed), the only way to view the house is on a guided tour (free, admission applies). Go behind the scenes, discover rooms not normally open and learn how we care for Kingston Lacy. There will be eight tours every day, two of which are bookable in advance. Tickets for the other tours are available to pick up on arrival at Visitor Reception on a first-come-first-served basis. Click to find out more.

Visitor with therapy dog from the group Caring Canines at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

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.

A girl cycling through woodland at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

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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