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Improving Kingston Lacy’s infrastructure

A graphic of a proposed building
A new reception building is proposed | © DHVA

We hope to make major upgrades to the car park, toilets and welcome building in 2024. The proposals would make Kingston Lacy more accessible, provide better facilities and make your experience here even more memorable.

Basic facilities from car parking to toilets can make or break your enjoyment of a place. Here at Kingston Lacy, we want to improve what’s on offer to ensure your visit is smooth, welcoming and has the right facilities for everyone from wheelchair users to families. So we plan to carry out major infrastructure works in 2024.

What work would we like to do?

The plans are for more disabled parking bays and better drainage in the car park, as well as improvements to the overflow car park so we can cope better with peaks in visitor numbers. A new welcome building would mitigate queuing as you come into the property, and we'd like to reprofile the incline from the car park so it’s easier for those with reduced mobility.

Also in the plans is a new changing room facility (including adult changing), toilets with better provision for wheelchair and buggy users in one of the buildings in the Laundry courtyard, and a quiet room for those who need a moment of calm. The main toilet block would be revamped with a new layout and underfloor heating, and given a new look that echoes the building’s original use as an engine room for an early electricity generator.

When will this happen?

We have been granted planning permission and plan to begin work in 2024. We will update this page as soon as we know the finer details.

Architect's plans of two buildings
Proposed changes include upgrades to toilets | © DHVA

What does this mean for my visit?

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to ensure Kingston Lacy stays open for everyone throughout the upgrade. We’ll do all we can to minimise the disruption, but inevitably there’ll be necessary changes to visitor routes, and some areas may be unaccessible.

Please bear with us while this work is going on. Look out for signs explaining what we’re doing, and of course staff will be able to answer any questions. These plans will improve everyone’s experience of Kingston Lacy and make it easier for you to enjoy your visit for years to come.

Keep an eye out for updates on this page and via our social media channels. If you’ve got any questions, drop us an email