Knebworth House, Gardens & Park
Knebworth House, Gardens & Park
The romantic exterior of Knebworth House with its turrets, domes and gargoyles silhouetted against the sky does little to prepare the visitor for what to expect inside. The House has stood for many years longer than the Victorian decoration suggests and the stucco hides from view a red brick house dating back to the Tudor times.
Every generation of the Lytton family has left something of its style and taste, making Knebworth an extraordinary walk through 500 years of British history. Stories and heirlooms relect the family's contribution to literature, politics and foreign service and visits by characters as diverse as Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill and Noel Gallagher.
There have been gardens at Knebworth House since at least the 17th Century, but the present layout dates largely from the Edwardian era. The architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, who married into the Lytton family, simplified the ornate beds and statuary of the Victorian garden with lawns and avenues of pollarded lime trees.
Popular features of the 28 acres now include a maze suitable for wheelchair access, the organically run walled kitchen garden, the Gertrude Jekyll Herb Garden and the Dinosaur Trail, where 72 life-sized dinosaurs can be found grazing amongst the rhododendrons and the redwoods. Exploring the woodland paths, children can learn about the T-Rex, the Woolly Mammoth and other fascinating pre-historic creatures.
Our 250 acres of rolling hills and ancient chestnut and lime avenues offer a quiet refuge for country picnics and dog walking. You might catch a glimpse of our grazing herds of Red and Sika deer, residents at Knebworth for even longer than the Lytton family!
Throughout the school holidays, children can run freely amongst the swings, slides and walkways of our Adventure Playground. Look out for our popular special event summer weekends, including garden shows, car rallies and jousting tournaments.
Museum, Archive, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site
22 March - 30 March Open weekends only
5 - 21 April Open daily
24 April - 1 June Open weekends and Bank Holidays only
24 May - 1 June Open daily
7 June - 22 June Open weekends only
28 Jun - 31 Aug Open daily (closed 3-8 Jul)
6 - 28 Sept Open weekends only
Park, Gardens, Dinos, Playground 11.00-17.00 (last ticket sold 16.15)
House and British Raj Exhibition 12.00-17.00 (last admission 16.15)
Excluding House Including House
Adults: £9.00 £12.00
Seniors: £9.00 £11.50
Children: £9.00 £11.50
Under 4s Free
Family: £32.00 £42.00
Educational visits are offered for all Key Stages and focus on Mazes and Monsters, Tudors, Victorians, Our Home Through History, Gothic Horror and the Supernatural, Creative Writing, etc. We are also happy to work with schools to develop a visit of their own design.
Ghost Tour & Bat Walk - Museums at Night 2014
- 16 May 2014 6:45-10pm
- 5 September 2014 6:45-10pm
If you're up for a spooky evening, Knebworth House, for 500 years the home of the Lytton family, will be relating tales of the unexplained.
Former resident Edward Bulwer Lytton (Victorian playwright, author and politician) was fascinated by the supernatural and you can hear about his experiences during your visit. On Friday 16th May you can tour the house at night and hear of incidents that cannot be explained.
Your evening will include a break for pre-booked refreshments, before meeting our friendly, outdoors night-time residents when you join the Bat Walk with visiting experts around the gardens.
£22 per person to include guided tour of the House, guided Bat Walk around the Gardens and supper of soup, sandwich, tea / coffee.