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Ightham Mote 6859

Pgds 20080429 150212 Ightham Mote Ntpl 89908

Brief Description

An ornamental driveway through woodland leads to several garden areas laid out in the early-18th century through to the late-19th century. The gardens surround a medieval moated manor house and include pleasure grounds, water features, formal gardens and an orchard.


This garden reflects the changing needs of different owners over nearly 700 years. It is 'a patchwork of different periods'. The earliest part, the medieval kitchen garden, now lies beneath a more recently planted orchard. Landscaping in the 1720s created formal terracing to the north of the house and in the 18th century further landscaping created water features from medieval fish ponds with further change in the mid-19th century to establish pleasure grounds with exotic trees. Restoration plans now include the opening up of early vistas.

Visitor Facilities

The estate is open all year round. House opening is restricted. Please see:
  • Moat (featured building)
  • ed Manor House
  • Earliest Date:
  • Kennels
  • Description: Dog kennels
  • Chapel
  • Description: Tudor chapel with hand painted ceiling.
  • Walk
  • Description: Lakeside and woodland walks.
Courtyard, Moat, Lake
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The estate is open all year round. House opening is restricted. Please see:



  • Medieval (1066-1540)
Associated People


0844 800 1895

Official Website

Other websites


  • The National Trust




  • Kent Gardens Trust