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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  • Our first time to this location. Very interesting and a lovely setting. Staff were friendly and knowledgable. Pleasant cafe/restaurant. Would recommend a visit.  more »
  • A wonderful National Trust property. So much to see as quite a lot is open to the public. Very helpful & friendly Volunteers who really know their stuff. Managed the walk down hill from the car park b...  more »
  • Really enjoyed our visit on my birthday, beautiful setting and had very tasty sausage roll with rhubarb in it, unusual but worked! What I particularly liked was the staff who you came across in each r...  more »
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  • I've visited Ightham Mote several times over the years, both during its restoration and after. It was only on this occasion that I became fully aware of the extent of the restoration work, which is stunning. Parts of the building were completely disassembled before being rebuilt. Hidden details were faithfully reproduced so it really is as it was rather than having the appearance of how it was. There's a steep path from the entrance to the house. A shuttle bus is available for those who would have difficulty with the path. From experience it's manageable with a child's push chair, but it's better without. Internally the house is presented as it was over several different periods. The guides on site are very knowledgeable and can really bring the place to life. Well worth a visit.
  • Visited on a hot Saturday. Interesting unusual building and location. Very attractive. Good cafe with indoor and outdoor seating area. Great activity feature for school age plus children. Under cover picnic area. All highly recommended.
  • A really lovely day spent here with family. Nice walks and a lovely property to look round. National Trust so quite expensive. You might consider buying a yearly NT card if you are going to visit more properties. Food was good although a fairly limited menu and quite expensive. Inside and outside seating. Gets very busy.
  • Love Ightham Mote, absolutely beautiful and not too big to get around if visiting with small children. There's also a great 'natural play area' around a small stream. Bring wellies and fishing nets. The kids will love it!
  • Well worth a visit. Ideal for a half-day outing with lunch. Cafe is small but well-run with very helpful staff. House is nicely restored and is a fascinating mix of periods from medieval to recent times. Very easy to get to from motorway network.
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