Ightham Mote, Ightham

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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. Plan my day in Sevenoaks using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • A very different property to other "normal' houses. Both the house inside the moat and the grounds had their specific attractions. The staff working there were obviously keen and interested in the pro...  more »
  • I visited here with my friend and the house was beautifully decorated for christmas. The staff are very helpful and the cafe was good. The gardens also are very attractive even in winter. We would lov...  more »
  • Ightham Mote is an interesting historical National Trust property in a lovely location. Although it is not that big, allow plenty of time to go round as each room has interesting displays and informat...  more »
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  • Visited several weekends ago. Lovely day out. Very good shop and tea room. Lovely gardens. Only criticism of is. In my opinion badly sign posted on the route with I approached from M26. Not sign posted at all until Ightham village. Could do with being sign up posted from M26. No caters well for people who find walking difficult with there mobile buggy. This is very useful as there is a steep hill from the car park. Down hill to the house and shop.
  • Absolutely stunning house and gardens. The kids will love exploring the gardens with its picnic spots, young adventure play area, the pond and the moat. Don't have your picnic near the car park, but instead take it into the garden itself. There are deck chairs spread out around the site for you to sit, relax, and soak up the areas natural beauty. Recommended for young and old alike, although there is a steep, but short, path from the main office to the house and garden events which may be tricky for pushchairs or the elderly.
  • Lovely place to visit. Well worth the detour off the main road. Some good walks as well.
  • The first time I have been to Ightham Mote. Most enjoyable day. The guide gave us a very informative talk. Very knowledgeable lady, and the weather was excellent, what more could u ask for.
  • Beautifully complicated building of many eras with impressive collection of Singer Sargent paintings - set in compact but varied landscape garden.

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