Drive less than 30 minutes north of Poole towards the rural countryside of Dorset and you’ll find the extravagant 17th century Italian-inspired mansion of Kingston Lacy. The estate is the second family seat of the aristocratic Bankes family, after their first home of Corfe Castle was destroyed in the English Civil War.
Passed from the Bankes family to the National Trust, Kingston Lacy is open for the public to enjoy and explore its 8,500 acres of land. From Japanese gardens to the Spanish-inspired room, the house is the perfect place to discover treasures and cultures from around the world. If history is your thing, Kingston Lacy offers an exciting array of historical gems to see, including Britain’s largest private collection of Egyptian relics with treasures such as bronze cats, scarab beetles, tomb inscriptions and
The 12 walking trails around the site will leave you spoilt for choice. You’ll be able to visit the Badbury Rings Iron Age fort along with a stroll down what once was the Dorchester Old Sarum Roman Road. Walking trails are a popular way to see the woodland and the garden of Kingston Lacy’s grounds. Each of the trails can be downloaded from the National Trust website, so take a look and find a route that best suits you. If you want to know more of the history and details of your walk, the guided tours are a fantastic way to discover more of Kingston Lacy. The next guided walk is of Badbury Rings and Kings Down Drive from 10am - 12:30pm on 7 December 2018.
If you’re visiting Dorset during half term this October, or you’re looking for things to do with the kids, Kingston Lacy is offering the perfect way to celebrate harvest and explore the grounds. From 20th – 28th October, join in with Honey, harvest and hibernation, and enjoy all the colours that autumn has to offer with hands-on activities for your little ones.
Whether you’re visiting Dorset or live around the area, Kingston Lacy is a must-see attraction for all the family to enjoy.