Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote is a 14th Century Manor house, surrounded by beautiful gardens, with a small stream running through its centre. Built almost 700 years ago, inside is a beautiful crypt, painted ceilings and a stunning Great Hall. The gardens are breathtaking, with lots of woodland trails.


Ightham Mote is the perfect spot for a Spring or Summer picnic and a good old fashioned game of hide and seek amongst the stunning grounds. There are deck chairs set out on the lawn and a babbling stream to dip little toes in or to play pooh sticks from the bridges. The small adventure playground is the perfect spot for little ones to play and to use their imaginations (mine played a brilliant game of Harry Potter!). There is a fountain for throwing coins in and making wishes and lots of woodland trails to potter along. I wouldn’t usually expect to spend the whole day there (although of course you can), but it’s a brilliant pre-nap trip, if you can keep them awake on the way home!

Address: Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0NT.

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote/.

Playground: There is a nature adventure playground at the back of the beautiful gardens, with wooden bridges and toadstools to leap across and wooden musical instruments to play.

Cafe: The cafe is quite small but there is an outside area, which might be better in nicer weather. Good teas, cakes and a children’s menu (including lunch boxes).

Toilets: Nice and clean and easily accessible.

Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes! Easier with a three wheeler, as there is some bumpy terrain, but we managed with a Maclaren.

Parking: Loads of parking. Free for National Trust members and a small payment for non-National Trust members.

Nearest Station: Hildenborough (4 miles) and Sevenoaks (7 miles). Taxis available from each station.

Bus: The 404 from Sevenoaks train station will drop you at Ightham Mote if you ask the driver, (runs Monday to Friday). The 222 from Tunbridge Wells to Borough Green, alight at The George & Dragon Pub, (runs Monday to Saturday), followed by a two mile walk. The 308 from Sevenoaks train station to Gravesend, alight Ightham Village, (runs hourly Monday to Saturday), followed by a two mile walk.

Phone: 01732 810378.

Email: [email protected].

Review by Gemma Crabtree.

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