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“Great day out”
Review of Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy
Ranked #3 of 28 things to do in Wimborne
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Super place for a day out. As with a lot of NT properties it may not suit older children who may get a little bored. As it happened our son was not with us so we could really enjoy the property and grounds.

We started our day by exploring the house and there is a lot to see. The NT have made a real effort in many of their properties to make them more accessible. This has extended down to the volunteer staff that you will find in each room. I had a number of very interesting discussions about the history of the house and the family that owned it over the generations. Take my advice and ask away the volunteers can really make your day so much more interesting. There are some stairs to climb which may want to bear in mind if you are a little less mobile.

After viewing the house, which took a good hour and half, we enjoyed a pleasant lunch from one of the two NT restuarants. There was a good choice of hot and cold food which extended from sandwiches to a slap up dinner. All good.

After lunch we took a walk around the extensive grounds. There is well marked woodland path that we followed and I believe this was around 2 miles. There are shorter walks if you prefer. Part of the way round we had a good view of the Japanese garden. I understand that you can only access this if you are on a guided garden tour so you may want to check when you arrive if this interests you. Following this we took a stroll around the formal gardens which are up to the normal NT standards.

Needless to say we enjoyed a nice cream after all that walking!

If you love old houses and gardens then you will love Kingston Lacy. In addition if you have not joined the NT then this may be something you would want to consider.

Recommended but note my comments re teenagers ( who may get bored like teenagers do) and some stairs in the house if you are a little less mobile.

Thank Roger W
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Allow plenty of time to see the house, there's a lot of it. The guides are the most friendly and informative of any we've met at a National Trust property. Worth taking time to chat to them in each room, they can fill in little details about the past owners of the house which really help to bring it to life. On the huge lawned area there are lots of deck chairs in various spots, great for relaxing and enjoying the views.

Thank stefan d
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

I didn't realise that such a beautiful National Trust property was on our doorstep!

The grounds are so well maintained and there are plenty of gardeners working on them to keep them looking so beautiful. At this time of year the colours are really bright and vibrant. Very pretty to look at. Dotted throughout the lawns at the back of the house are lovely little white benches which add to the setting and were great for picnicking.

Initially I was a bit hesitant to walk the mile long Woodland trail with the children as it was a hot day, but we gave in and started to explore as we could see from the signposts that it led to a play area. We were really pleased that we did it, as along the pathways were little doorways behind which were pictures of all the different types of wildlife that could be found in the woods. The kids loved it!

We have been keen to complete the National Trusts "50 things before you are 11 3/4" scrap books and there are many activities throughout the grounds that the children can undertake to help them complete the book.

We also had admission to the property which is unusual in that it contains all it's original contents. There are staff on hand in each room to answer any questions and also laminated information cards which the kids liked reading.

My Mum also made use of the estate's mobility scooter which meant that she could explore a lot more areas than she would normally be able to. There are two available and we booked this only two days before. Thought this was a great idea.

Would also recommend exploring the Kitchen Garden which is across a little lane. This is like an allotment and is also home to the piglets which we were able to feed!

A truly wonderful place, friendly helpful staff and easily a full day out for the family!

Thank Julie W
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Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

On one of our Granny Day Out adventures we chose to visit Kingston Lacey. We went on the guided tour of the grounds which were stunning and we could've spent all day just in the different gardens!

The house is beautiful and very grand, so there's lots to look at because it's been kept as a family home with all of its interesting artifacts.

There was a treasure hunt for kids to do whilst the parents/grandparents enjoyed the history and views from the mansion.

The restaurant is a separate location and a bit cramped, we were lucky to get a table for lunch, but the food was up to the tasty National Trust standard.

This venue could be enjoyed all year round because the gardens are beautifully maintained and there's a huge lawn for picnics in the summer.

Thank BonVoyageFriend
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Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

Kingston lacy is lovely. We did the gardens first which are stunning,lots of different areas to look round,lots of butterflies too. The house is beautiful too,lots of history,rooms are amazing. We joined the national trust here which is worth it as there are so many NT properties & gardens in Dorset. Kingston lacy is defiantly worth a visit.

Thank simmo1111
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