Kingston Lacy estate is probably one of the closest National trust properties to where we live. We have visited quite a few times since taking out National Trust membership last September, and I think we have visited in every season now which has been great to watch the changes in the gardens and woodland.
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Kingston Lacy house was built in 1665 by Ralph Bankes. That Bankes family lived nearby at Corfe Castle until the English Civil War. The house which was built to resemble an Italian palace contains a lot of the history of the Bankes family and was opened to the public in 1982.
A visit to the house is highly recommended, but due to popularity, entrance is controlled via times tickets which can be booked online or as you arrive according to demand.
On our first visit exploring Kingston Lacy was in the Autumn last year, we took Lola with us to explore the woodland walks. As we had Lola we weren’t permitted to take her on the formal lawns and a few other areas. We still enjoyed plenty of time exploring the other gardens and paths, passing by the Japanese tea garden, the kitchen garden and the fernery.
A visit at Christmas time means you can see their stunning night trails. The paths are sprinkled with lights, which is a lovely way to spend your Christmas Eve evening.
Visiting at different times of the year has meant we have seen some amazing sights such as the bluebells in the woods in Spring, and seeing the different produce that has been growing in the kitchen garden. It seems like each visit we see something new.
This Easter we decided to visit to take part in the Easter Egg Trail that National Trust are so famous for. We have previously taken part in this on Brownsea Island, but this year stayed closer to home. The trail took us on a different path through the woodland, and we found plenty of places to build dens in the woods, and found time to explore the wooden play area.
If you’re taking part in the National Trusts 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 challenges that are always ongoing, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to tick items off your list at Kingston Lacey.
As it’s so close to us we often choose to pop in for a couple of hours if we’re wanting to get out of the house. We are so lucky to have this almost on our doorstep.
Have you visited Kingston Lacy?