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. 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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  • August 20, 2017
    A beautiful part of history. This gorgeous setting is part of the National Trust and offers a lovely day out for the family. There is a hunt for treasures within and out the building for children, the...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    As National Trust members we have visited many Trust properties and this is definitely up there with the best we have seen. Knowledgeable volunteers, picturesque setting and pretty grounds to explore.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Tucked away in a hidden valley, Ightham Mote is the quintessential medieval English Manor house. Staggering in its charm, it has been lovingly preserved by its previous owners and more recently by the...  more »
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  • 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.
  • I recently had the pleasure to visit this wonderful medieval (grade 1 listed) building restored to its full glory by the National Trust whom have kept a lot of the original features. The grounds are well kept; it’s an ideal place for all the family with walking trails and a very nice coffee room. Highly recommended
  • Large moated house in the beautiful Kent countryside. The house has a long history, so try to attend one of the regular introductory talks. The garden tour visit a part of the grounds not normally accessible. One of the nicest NT houses in the south-east.
  • Ightham Mote is a peculiar house in the very best way. An ancient moated manor house to explore along with ample gardens at various levels and aspects. There's plenty to see and enjoy, including the usual National Trust trails and also a natural play area for the kids. You can take a gentle stroll around the grounds or longer walks cross country with the tea room being a great start or end point.
  • Lovely place. We went just after Christmas do it still had decs up. It was a very foggy day...All adding to the atmosphere of the place.

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