The National Trust Property of Kingston Lacy, Wimborne
A lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace in the rural Dorset countryside.
There’s plenty to see, from grand, beautifully detailed carvings, to intimate family souvenirs and even strange curiosities such as an ‘I owe you’ note from a king.
An art lover’s dream, take a look at rooms teeming with paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel. In the Egyptian Room you can discover the largest private collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the UK.
Enjoy a summer picnic on the south lawn or let the children run wild in the nearby play areas. Have a wander around the Japanese Garden, complete with authentic tea house or take a sheltered walk through the surrounding woodland, where our bluebells are magnificent in the spring. You can even learn how to grow your own food in the ‘Community Growing Spaces'.
From Iron Age forts, to colourful heathland, water meadows and even a Roman road, there’s loads to see on the 8,500 acres of estate and something to keep your little explorers busy every day during the summer holidays.
Don’t forget to pop into the restaurant to try our home-made cake and prize-winning scones.
Entrance to the house operates via timed tickets, which can be booked in advance or purchased on the day.
Treat your dog to a day out! All day, every day from 10am–6pm (10am–4pm from November to March) in the car park, woodland walks, parkland (including the Japanese garden) and the Stables courtyard. The formal garden, immediately behind the house, is a dog-free area, where families are encouraged to play games and have picnics. We do ask that you keep your four legged friend on a lead at all times.
For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy
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