Kingston Lacy



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Kingston Lacy House was the home of the Bankes family for over 300 years. The original house is 17th century, but in the 1830s was given a stone façade. The Italian marble staircase, Venetian ceiling, treasures from Spain and an Egyptian obelisk were also added. There are outstanding pictures by Titian, Rubens, Velasquez, Reynolds and Van Dyck. Photography is allowed in the house but no flash or video.

Kingston Lacy


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Wheelchairs, large print & Braille guides, parking, 3 personal mobility vehicles
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: House open Mar-29 Oct daily 11-5, exhibition or seasonal experiences, Jan-28 Feb, 1-26 Nov & Dec daily 11-3; Garden park, shop & cafe open Mar-29 Oct daily 10-6, Jan- 28 Feb & 1-26 Nov daily 10-4, Dec Mon-Thu 10-6 (Fri-Sun 10-7)

About the area

Discover Dorset

Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.

Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing. 

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