Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote


Nikolaus Pevsner called Ightham Mote 'the most complete small medieval manor house in the country”.

There are over seventy rooms in the house, all positioned around a central courtyard. The house is bordered on all sides by a square moat, crossed by three bridges. The earliest structures on the site include the Great Hall, the Chapel, Crypt and two Solars. The courtyard was entirely enclosed and the battlemented tower built in the 15th century. The structures include unusual and distinct elements, such as the porter's squint, a narrow slit in the wall designed to enable a gatekeeper to examine a visitor's credentials before opening the gate, and a large kennel which was built in the late 19th century for a St. Bernard named Dido. The kennel is the only Grade I listed dog house!

There is an extensive garden and interesting walks in the surrounding woodland.  But what isn't immediately apparent on first glance is that Ightham Mote is a living museum of architecture. The original manor house dates back to 1320, and there have been people living there all that time.


·     Shopping - Plant sales

·     Dogs - On estate walks only

·     Cycling - On surrounding bridleways and roads on 550 acre estate

·     Free parking

·     Baby-changing and feeding facilities. Front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats for loan. Children's quiz/trail. Family activity packs

·     Refreshments

·     Mote Restaurant (licensed) adjacent to visitor reception. Children's menu. Tea wagon in walled car park open on busy days.


Opening times

Please contact us for latest times.

By road

6ml N of Tonbridge on A227; 6ml S of Sevenoaks on A25; 16ml W of Maidstone on A20/A25

By train

Borough Green & Wrotham 3ml; Hildenborough 4ml, Sevenoaks 6ml

Our address is:

Ightham Mote

Mote Road

Ivy Hatch



TN15 0NT

Telephone: 01732 810378


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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015