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Ightham Mote, Ightham
(4.7/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
Step back in time in this idyllic, moated manor house. Built nearly 700 years ago, Ightham Mote has been owned by a variety of interesting characters, including medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII, and high society Victorians. Remarkably, its owners over the years effected relatively few changes to the main structure of the building. This enables you to see how grand the house would have looked in the middle ages. Wander through the picturesque gardens, admire the great hall, and gaze up at the Tudor painted ceiling. Venture into the estate on one of three marked walks; each takes you through ancient woodland and offers superb views of the Kent countryside. After your excursions, pop into the mote restaurant for a meal or some tea and cake. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Sevenoaks holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Ightham Mote and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • What an amazing building! This must be unique - maybe there is another building of this age and design in the UK, but I haven't seen it! The house is stunning - a medieval moated manor house which has...  more »
  • Visited late October for their special Ghost and Gourmet Evening. Excellent. Led down to the house by a helpful witch, then taken on a guided tour by one of the Tudor ladies of the house whilst owls e...  more »
  • We love stepping back in time and there's plenty of history at this old hall together with splendid grounds. This is near to home for us but I'd say it's still worth a small journey if you enjoy histo...  more »
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  • Lovely old building, large flat green for playing with the kids, a moat, nice walks around the grounds, and nature related events. You can also stay there in their lovely accommodation if you are minded to do so. And there is a typical National Trust shop too.
  • Just beautiful! This old mounted home is near seventies and is just lovely.another national trust property with lovely staff[the head gardener is brilliant and beautiful!]
  • Excellent house and garden tours. Very informative volunteers. Beautiful house with a stunning history and an exciting story of rescue and recovery. In a new development for NT properties if you ask the right person in the Billiard Room you can get to play on the table (I got the highest break of the day! Woo hoo!). The house has a lot to view - make sure you give it enough time. One of the NT highlights for Kent.
  • Ightham Mote is a lovely National Trust site not too far from Sevenoaks. The buildings are set in lovely grounds and there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy. There are walks, tours of the grounds, kids play areas, plenty of picnic benches and places to relax outdoors. The cafe is also well equipped and has both indoor and outdoor seating with reasonably priced food. We had a lovely day out exploring the grounds and will be visiting again to explore some of the walks.
  • Excellent place. Great spot by the river at the far end where kids can make stone bridges and play in the stream.