A lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace in the rural Dorset countryside
Kingston Lacy (National Trust) was the seat of the Bankes family for over 300 years. Today you can discover an internationally acclaimed art collection, including paintings by Rubens, Titian and Tintoretto, exquisite carvings and the largest private collection of Egyptian artefacts in the UK. The garden is 47 acres with Parterre, Sunk Garden, Victorian Fernery, Blindwalk, the recently restored Japanese Gardens and an 18th century Lime Avenue leading to the Nursery Wood which includes Lady’s Walk. The landscaped Park is 300 acres, set with wonderful specimen trees, home to the Red Ruby Devon herd of cattle. The woodland shelter belt is mainly of beech, oak and ash, Coneygar Copse includes three play areas. The Woodland Walk is approximately 2.5 miles long. An 18th century cornmill, White Mill, can be visited at weekends from March to November. Visitors can also explore Badbury Rings, an ancient Iron Age hillfort, near Wimborne Minster (approx 5 minute drive from House).
Address: Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4EA
Telephone: 01202 883402
Contact: Katherine Bundy
When is it open?
House is open -7 March - 1 November: 11.00am to 5.00pm (last admission 4pm)
Garden, Park, Shop and Restaurant are open -
1 January - 6 March: 10.30am to 4.00pm
7 March - 1 November: 10.30am to 6.00pm
2 November - 26 November : 10.30am - 4.00pm
27 November - 23 December: 10.30am - 7pm
26 December - 31 December: 10.30am - 4.00pm