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Volunteering at Kingston Lacy

A volunteer talks to visitors at Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Why not share your knowledge and passion as a volunteer? | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Volunteering with the National Trust is a hugely rewarding pastime, giving people the chance to share their knowledge and enthusiasm while learning a whole new set of skills. Here at Kingston Lacy, we’re lucky to have a group of volunteers whose passion for their work is crucial in helping us to manage the house and garden. Want to join the team? Read on to find out more.

Why join us?

There are lots of reasons to join us; making the move to volunteer could be the best decision you ever make.

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meet people from all walks of life and forge new friendships
  • Utilise your existing skills and learn new ones
  • Strengthen your CV and help to develop your career
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • Learn about the history of this special place.

The vital role of volunteers at Kingston Lacy

Every year, thousands of people arrive at Kingston Lacy to explore William John Bankes’ former residence and its vast 8,500-acre estate. Catering for such numbers would be impossible without the team of volunteers, whose tireless work helps to provide the best possible visitor experience.

Whether it’s providing guided tours of the house’s myriad treasures, working in the shop or café, or assisting with vital conservation work, 500 helpers each have a vital role to play in managing and running Kingston Lacy.

‘I've made so many friends, met many different people, learnt a lot and become part of a great team. Having been self-employed for my whole life, it’s lovely to do something different.’

- Alex Shaw, garden volunteer

How to become a volunteer at Kingston Lacy

You can find the current volunteering opportunities at Kingston Lacy by following the link below (Google Chrome is recommended) and typing Kingston Lacy into the search facility. If you find a role you like the look of, click on ‘more details’ for an application form.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Thank you

Thank you to all our volunteers who give their time to support the National Trust in many different roles.

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