Knightshayes Court - National Trust

Knightshayes Court in the sunlight
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Discover Knightshayes, a country estate on a grand, gothic scale
With acres of glorious gardens and parkland, surrounding a spectacular Gothic Revival house, Knightshayes is the complete country gentleman's dream.

The house is a rare example of the work of William Burges, whose richly decorated interiors have always inspired extremes in opinion. Full of quirks and curiosities, you can see gargoyles, corbels and a medieval inspired great hall.

The garden is one of the finest in Devon and its collection represents one of the most varied in the Trust; with over 1200 plant species unique to Knightshayes and riotous seasonal colour, it’s always worth a visit.

Covering an area of just over four acres, the walled kitchen garden is another great highlight, brimming with seasonal produce for the Stables Café.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

Whole property with Gift Aid

Adult: £9.95
Child: £4.95
Family (1 ad, 3 ch): £19.65
Family: £24.60
Group adult: n/a
Group child: n/a

Whole property standard

Adult: £9.00
Child: £4.50
Family (1 ad, 3 ch): £17.70
Family: £22.20
Group adult: £7.80
Group child: £3.90

Discounts

  • National Trust
Getting there

7 miles from M5 exit 27 (A361); turn right off Tiverton to Bampton road (A396) at Bolham

Sat-Nav: SatNavs can give out misdirections. Turn off on reaching Tiverton / Bolham and follow the brown signs

Additional info

General

Enjoy organic kitchen garden produce grown on site in the café (Produce also for sale in kitchen garden)
Exceptionally well-stocked plant centre
Gift shop, with unique range of chutneys, jams and honey, along with other locally produced gifts
Free parking
Dogs welcome on leads in woodland and park. Assistance dogs only in kitchen or formal gardens
Licensed café serving hot lunchs and snacks
Conservatory tea-room down by the house, serving hot drinks and cake

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Illustration of Knightshayes as a VAD Hospital in 1915

Knightshayes at War: The untold story 1915-1918

  • 1 August — 15 November 2015 *on now

Learn about a hidden chapter in the history of Knightshayes as we bring you the story of the estate during the First World War, when the house was given over as a VAD hospital from 1915-1918. We'll be transforming our Stické Tennis Court, here at Knightshayes where wounded soldiers convalesced. A chance to learn the stories of men who came to Knightshayes for recuperation and tranquility at this peaceful sanctuary, away from the battlefront during one of the most challenging periods of their lives.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free exhibition.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/Knightshayes

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Soupstock poster

Soupstock 2015

  • 2 August 2015 12-5pm *on now
  • 9 August 2015 12-5pm
  • 16 August 2015 12-5pm
  • 23 August 2015 12-5pm

2, 9, 16 & 23 August, 12noon - 5pm
Join us for a third summer of fun, as we bring you Soupstock: serving up hot food and cool grooves for the whole family. Come along for four packed Sundays of great local food and music for the soul- from local bands, leading up to some top tributes- all in the parkland at Knightshayes.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knightshayes/things-to-see-and-do/events/

families planting veg seeds

Plant it, grow it, eat it at Knighsthayes

  • 6 — 8 August 2015

Join us at Knightshayes this summer to tick off some of our '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' .
Try No. 41 Plant it, grow it, eat it. With a huge, fully productive kitchen garden, Knightshayes is the perfect place to discover how to lant, grow and eat your own fruit and veg.
Find us in the walled kitchen garden.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2 per person. Normal admission applies.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knightshayes/things-to-see-and-do/events/

poster for the production The Reluctant Dragon

The Reluctant Dragon outdoor theatre

  • 13 — 15 August 2015

Join us this summer weekend for an exciting and heart-warming tale of dragons and Knights. Watch the story unfold in our formal gardens, as the company perform the story of 'The Reluctant Dragon'. Performances last one hour. Bring along a blanket and a picnic to enjoy this open air play.
Performances last 1 hour; 11am, 1pm, 3pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission applies.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knightshayes/things-to-see-and-do/events/

A boy at the top of a tree

Climb a Knightshayes tree

  • 20 — 22 August 2015

Join us at Knightshayes this summer to tick off some of our '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' .
Try No. 1 Climb a tree. Have a tree adventure with the Great Big Tree Climbing Company at Knightshayes. Use the ropes and hoists to reach the tops of the trees. What will you discover?

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

£18.50 per person. Booking fee and normal admission applies.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/knightshayes-tiverton-devon-tree-climbing-2015-tickets-14843831299

a girl and her family cutting a branch

Knightshayes Ranger adventure days

  • 28 — 29 August 2015 10:30am-3:30pm

Calling all families! Join our Ranger team to help us bash some brambles…then after lunch we will learn woodworkiing skills to make a crtaft to take home. Bring along some garden gloves and a picnic. Ages 6+. Booking in advance is essential.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

Free activity. Booking in advnace essential.
Contact: rachael.hall1@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knightshayes/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Spooky Knightshayes mansion

Knightshayes Hallowe'en Museums at Night

  • 30 — 31 October 2015 6-8pm

Dare you come up and see us after dark this Hallowe'en? With a spooky twilight trail around the house, spooky illuminations and ghoulish crafts, there'll be no excuse for being bored!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.50 per person. Normal admission applies.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.ork.uk/knightshayes

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Victorian Walled Garden

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-knightshayescourt.htm

Extended Learning Package based around the Victorian kitchen walled garden with activity Tracker Packs. There is a Secret Garden project running at Knightshayes, and we have also created new discovery quizzes about the house.

How to obtain

Call 01884 254665 or email knightshayes@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.

Getting there

7 miles from M5 exit 27 (A361); turn right off Tiverton to Bampton road (A396) at Bolham

Sat-Nav: SatNavs can give out misdirections. Turn off on reaching Tiverton / Bolham and follow the brown signs

Knightshayes Court - National Trust
Bolham
Tiverton
Devon
EX16 7RQ
England

Website

Discover Knightshayes, a country estate on a grand, gothic scale. With acres of glorious gardens and parkland, surrounding a spectacular Gothic Revival house, Knightshayes is the complete country gentleman's dream.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knightshayes

E-mail

knightshayes@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

01884 254665

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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