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Ightham Mote

Posted by on Monday, 29 July, 2019 in Featured, Parks, Sunny day

Ightham Mote

How to survive the hottest London day in history? Get out of the city! This week we escaped to the stunning Ightham Mote estate in Kent to keep our cool while entertaining the little people…

About Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote is a stunning 700 year old manor house with a moat full of carp, an expansive park and shady woodland.

Picture of woodland play
Woodland play area

Things to do

The friendly volunteers offer a warm welcome and preside over various children’s activities. First, the boys created “natural art” by arranging leaves, twigs and flowers from the estate on large sheets of coloured paper (we might steal this idea to do in the garden at home too). Then we had a picnic in the woods before tackling the natural play area, complete with stream to paddle in.

Photo of Ightham Mote Manor House
Entrance to the Manor at Ightham Mote

The house itself is well worth a tour. The kids’ trail involves a game of I Spy with a sheet of photo clues to spot – this kept all the children (aged from 4 to 8) entertained. Over 700 years Ightham Mote has adapted to meet the needs of its different owners and the rooms reflect this – from suits of armour owned by knights, to the 20th century furnishings of the last owner, so there’s plenty to spot and chat about. The house isn’t accessible to buggies, but you can borrow a baby carrier from the conservatory.

Photo of watercolour lesson
Watercolour lesson at Ightham Mote

Before it was time to go home the children explored the formal gardens and enjoyed a brilliant outdoor watercolour class (£1 each). There are organised activities happening every Thursday during the school holidays – check out the calendar of events

Info and prices

Entrance to Ightham Mote costs £14.40 (adult), £7.20 (child), £36 (family).

We’ve finally invested in National Trust membership (from approx £6 per month direct debit) for the first time. It’s much more affordable than paying individual entry to National Trust parks and properties and we’re looking forward to getting our money’s worth with plenty of days out over the coming year.

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Getting there

The easiest way to get to Ightham Mote is by car. Otherwise you can take the train to Sevenoaks and catch a bus from there to Ightham Mote on weekdays.

Ightham Mote, Mote Rd, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, TN15 0NT

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