Kingston lacy

Kingston Lacy


Kingston Lacy is an extravagant manor house in rural Dorset, situated close to Sturminster Marshall. This lavish estate and sprawling gardens are managed by the National Trust and open to visitors throughout the year. Guests interested in history or architecture may notice that the home is built in a Venetian style. It is finished to a high standard with opulent furniture and fine art.

Some of the rooms are open to the public providing an opportunity for an up-close look at the impressive collections. Guided tours are available allowing you to learn more about the Bankes family who once resided here.

Formal and informal gardens

The gardens are another of the estate’s main draws, with acres of lawn and formal gardens to explore. The Japanese garden is a tranquil spot to with a huge variety of native plants, including cherry blossoms and more than 40 different types of acer on display. There is also a traditional teahouse, bamboo plants and granite lanterns.

If you choose to visit during an autumn break at South Lytchett the kitchen garden is a hive of activity as the home-grown vegetables are harvested. The impressive lawns are the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or let the kids run and play. In the summer months meadows of wildflowers are beautiful and make the perfect picture. There are 12 marked walks around the estate, allowing you to take in the huge variety of scenery on offer.

For children

A trip to Kingston Lacy is brilliant for families with young children, especially those with vivid imaginations who like to spend time outdoors. There is a nature trail to follow through the woodland walk and an outdoor play area with climbing frame. Bikes are permitted if you’d prefer to explore by pedal power!

Getting to Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy is just a short drive from South Lytchett Manor caravan and camping park. Combine your visit with a trip to nearby White Mill and Badbury Rings, both of which are located on the country estate.



Follow signs to Blandford Forum

Attraction information

phone icon01202 883402

distance iconDistance from us:


We suggest visiting the Kingston Lacy website prior to visiting to ensure it is open on the day you plan to visit.

What our guests think

quote marks You’ve converted me to camping! (Or glamping in my case!). I just wanted to thank you for such a lovely stay.... quote marks Sophie, Apr 2024

quote marks Thank you for making our stay so fantastic. For your complete commitment to us during our stay - thank you.... quote marks Mark and Stella , Mar 2024

quote marks What a fabulous place! Our first outing in our new campervan to try it out, the campsite and facilities are... quote marks thewardrobem, Nov 2023

Read our latest reviews

tripadvisor READ THE REVIEWS >

Award-winners at your service

The latest from Lytchett


Sign up for our newsletter