Ightham Mote

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Ightham Mote
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Ightham Mote is a magical 14th century moated manor house, surrounded by beautiful gardens, lakes and woodland walks. Built nearly 700 years ago, the house has been owned by medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high-society Victorians. Highlights include the picturesque gardens, courtyard, Great Hall, crypt, Tudor painted ceiling, Grade I listed dog kennel.
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Nigel B
5 contributions
Well worth visiting
Sep 2021
Excellent introductory talk. Beautiful garden with lovely variety of plants. The had a cosy feel to it.
Written September 19, 2021
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HelsMarg
Pinner, UK66 contributions
Lovely day out
Aug 2021 • Friends
Visited on a Monday so not busy at all. Beautiful old mini mansion in the Kent countryside with well maintained grounds. We enjoyed a 15min free talk just outside explaining a little about the inhabitants and the meaning behind the name ‘Ightham Mote’.
It’s not a huge property so doesn’t take long to walk round and the staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. Also features a listed dog kennel!
The cafe needs better organisation as the queue at lunch was out the door & service was slow, likely as a result of making lots of coffees. Staff were friendly though. This is why I’ve knocked a star off.
The car parking machines only accept coins and it costs £3 to park.
Written August 22, 2021
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Thank you for your feedback and the positive comments about your visit to Ightham. We're sorry to hear that the service in the Café was slow when you visited. Post lockdown, we have been working hard to ensure that our standards are back to the expected level and would hope that you'd see a marked improvement if you were able to visit us again.
Written September 9, 2021
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Rosie Kent
1 contribution
A good day out, NT as it should be, sadly cafe left a lot to be desired.
Aug 2021 • Family
Lovely house and grounds with helpful staff and volunteers. Fortunately no information on tenuous links to slavery, colonialism or any other woke issues. Cafe left a lot to be desired, only hot options at lunchtime were soup or a 40 minute wait for jacket potatoes and sandwich cabinet was empty most of the time.
Written August 17, 2021
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We are glad you enjoyed your recent visit to the house and gardens and thank you for your feedback on the Cafe. We are sorry that the service was not up to the expected standard - we are currently experiencing operational pressures which we are working hard to overcome. We hope to welcome you back to Ightham Mote in the near future to experience an improved offering.
Written August 18, 2021
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Alex S
5 contributions
Unique place
Jul 2021
Unique place, it`s worth to visit. National Trust members can visit this place for free. You can feel the history.
Written August 16, 2021
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It's great to hear you enjoyed you visit to the Mote - thank you for your feedback!
Written August 18, 2021
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gerrardCumbria
Grange-over-Sands, UK33 contributions
Disabled parking
Jul 2021
Ightam Mote is such a lovely place to visit but our visit last week was marred by a total lack of understanding from the staff at the reception desk. We are NT members and blue badge holders too. We had read that the access path down and back was very steep so my husband enquired about disabled parking. The lady behind the desk looked a bit taken aback then asked how big our car was! She could actually see it from the desk and seemed to think we were ok to drive the very short distance to the staff car park. This we did then proceeded to walk down the quite steep incline where we were asked if we’d paid for tickets. It wasn’t until we came to make our way, slowly, back up the small hill that we spotted a sign at the bottom saying “disabled parking”. We managed the slope but anyone with worse walking problems or in a wheelchair wouldn’t have. Our question is: why don’t staff make it clear that you can park on the level so avoiding any inclines at all? Perhaps this could be rectified ASAP.
Written August 2, 2021
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We are sorry to hear about your recent experience and apologise for the inconvenience caused by your not being directed to the correct disabled parking. This falls below the high standard we set ourselves. A number of new colleagues have joined our Visitor Experience team recently and we have reminded them all about the availability of parking which avoids the steep slope. I do hope you are able to visit us again in the future.
Written August 4, 2021
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S.A.
West Malling, UK6 contributions
Great place for a family
Jul 2021 • Family
Beautiful grounds, a lovely walk with perfect picnic spot and a visit to grade listed house at no extra cost. The place was buggy friendly with stunning gardens.
Written August 1, 2021
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We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to Ightham Mote - it is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback.
Written August 4, 2021
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Melanie D
4 contributions
A hidden gem
Jul 2021 • Solo
Fantastic history, the staff volunteers are so friendly and informative
Lovely little cafe
Just a shame upstairs isn’t open yet because of Covid … but that just gives me another excuse to come back :)
Written July 12, 2021
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Thank you for your feedback - we're thrilled you enjoyed your day at Ightham Mote. We are actively looking at how we can safely reopen the upstairs of the house and will update our website as soon as possible.
Written July 14, 2021
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paulettegordon
Hassocks, UK6 contributions
Take your own food
Jun 2021 • Friends
Beautiful building and garden. Take a picnic as cafe was so slow and we could only get a coffee and limited cake. No sandwiches or anything! Managed to find a garden centre a few miles away to get some lunch. They are missing out on loads of business. Many people not happy. Disappointing as we had travelled a long way
Written June 3, 2021
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wendygillw
Carshalton, UK185 contributions
Hidden and Special Building
May 2021
Fascinating National Trust property hidden away in a valley. The downstairs rooms are open now after all the restrictions. Great history.
Written May 26, 2021
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L_K1509
London, UK998 contributions
History
Apr 2021 • Couples
Lovely to see National Trust being able to open the houses again, abide only the ground floor on this occasion. Volunteers inside the house were eager to pass on their knowledge about the house and its history.

We particularly liked the walks around the estate. We did the ‘green’ walk which is a 4 km circular walk, easy to follow. However there is steps and some woodland paths which some may have difficultly with. Plenty of benches on the route.

The cafe was ok, paper cups/ boxes which is expected these days. Scone was dry and tasteless and hot chocolate luke warm so wouldn’t recommend.

Overall we are big fans of National trust and will be back again.
Written May 26, 2021
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