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.
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