Knebworth House, Gardens & Park
Set in 250 acres of rolling Hertfordshire countryside, Knebworth House is one of England's most colourful stately homes. It is remarkable for having been in the Lytton family for more than 500 years. Its romantic gothic exterior complete with turrets, domes and gargoyles, conceals a much older Tudor red brick house.
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 and created 'garden rooms' with each area having a different feel depending on the planting.
Popular features of the 28 acres of delightful gardens include a maze, formal rose garden, an organically run walled kitchen garden and a Herb Garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll. Take a stroll through the Wilderness garden with the famous Knebworth Dinosaur Trail - a great favourite with younger visitors.
Opening times: Open from 24th March – 30th September 2018 (weekends and school holidays - please check website for details of open dates and events before travelling).
Admission rates: Please refer to website. RHS Partner Garden.
Group rate: Discounted rates for groups - see website.
Facilities: The Garden Terrace Tea Room serves drinks, snacks and delicious cream teas with homemade cakes. Open all year for corporate hospitality, weddings and celebrations. Gift Shop.
Disabled access: Please refer to website.
Toilets on site: Yes
Car/coach parking: Yes
Guided tours: Please refer to website. (House and Garden tours available)
Special events: There are events throughout the year including jousting, country and transport shows; exhibitions and concerts.
Many Knebworth Park events such as the Hertfordshire Garden Show are included in the Park and Gardens admission ticket, making a very good-value day out, particularly for group visits.
Length of visit: Depending on season
Booking contact: Estate office, Knebworth House, Knebworth Park, Knebworth SG1 2AX
Telephone: 01438 812661
Location: Nr Stevenage, Hertfordshire. 30 miles north of central London and 15 miles north of M25, with direct access from Junction 7 on A1M. Sat Nav SG1 2AX