- Explore the stunning stately home, which was once the residence of novelist, playwright and politician Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton.
- Take a walk in the 28-acre formal gardens, which include a maze and a herb garden.
- Meet impressive lifelike prehistoric creatures on the dinosaur trail.
- Kids will love playing on the swings and slides, whizzing down the zip wire and climbing on the bouncy castle in the adventure playground.
Take your family for a day of adventure, fun and escapades at the brilliant Knebworth House, where you can enjoy a giant adventure playground, a dinosaur park and stunning formal gardens. Situated in Stevenage within the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, the red Tudor brick house has been the home to the Lytton family for over 500 years. Built by Sir Robert Lytton in 1490, Knebworth’s most famous resident was the Victorian novelist, playwright and politician Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton who lived at the property between 1803-1873.
Explore the house and marvel at the interesting blend of architectural styles and the wonderful decor of the Victorian Library, the Jacobean Banqueting Hall and the Edwardian Dining Parlour. Take a house tour and discover the long, fascinating history of Knebworth and the Lytton family from the knowledgeable guides and room stewards. The house has been visited by plenty of famous names, including Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, Queen Elizabeth I and Noel Gallagher.
There are 28 acres of formal gardens and grounds waiting to be explored. Spend hours discovering the rose garden, the Victorian bowling alley, the walled garden and the ponds. Little explorers will enjoy navigating the maze; how quickly can you find the exit? Plus, you can see 72 life-sized dinosaurs on the brilliant dinosaur trail, and learn fascinating facts about T-Rex, the Woolly Mammoth and many more.
Enjoy a family picnic and spot some Red and Silca deers at the beautiful Knebworth Park, which covers 250 acres of land. It’s one of the best parks in Hertfordshire! There is even a brilliant adventure playground to be found with an astro slide and drop slide, a zip wire and splash water play features.
The Wilderness area will be a hit with younger visitors, who can enjoy the brand-new bug hotel, the giant chair, the Willow house and bird-song box.
Highly recommended by Kidadlers as one of the best things to do in Hertfordshire, Wietz explains, "Went to Knebworth House today for the Dino trail. Worth every penny, also has a huge playground and (free) vintage bus service. Next weekend they are hosting a steam train event. Easy to get to from north London (40min drive). Lots of cafes, but we took own picnic (lots of ppl do) and lovely grounds to sit down. Good gift shop too if you want to spend a few extra pounds. Also has a few water things for the kids to run through if it is hot enough. Would recommend!"
What to know before you go
- Knebworth House and Gardens closes to the public during the winter, typically from November to the end of May.
- Guided tours are included in admission. They take place on weekdays and last approximately one hour. At weekends, visitors are able to explore the house at their own leisure. There is also an audio tour of the house for those who aren’t able to take the stairs.
- There are also guided tours of the formal gardens.
- The house ground floor of the house is wheelchair accessible. Careers are admitted free of charge by prior arrangement.
- There is a disabled toilet located at the entrance to the gardens, the adventure playground and the garden terrace room.
- Baby-changing facilities are available.
- It is not possible to take buggies and mobility scooters in the house or Raj exhibition. The grounds and Dinosaur Trail are buggy friendly.
- Each year Knebworth House holds special events, such as concerts, theatrical performances and craft, garden and motor shows.
- The gift shop sells souvenirs, books, gifts and plants.
- Peckish? Head to the Garden Terrace Tea Room, which serves sandwiches, home-made cakes, homemade soup, salads, snacks and kids’ meals. Or bring a picnic to enjoy in Knebworth Park. Plan to stay the whole day at Knebworth. Kidadler Lisa said, “We stayed from 2pm until almost 6pm, but you could easily spend a whole day there.”
- There is a height restriction on the slides. On the drop slide, kids must be at least 1.2 metres and able to ride alone. Smaller kids can ride the curly slide sharing a mat with an adult.
- The closest train station is Stevenage. It’s two miles from Knebworth Park, and there is a taxi rank at the station. From St Pancras International or Kings Cross station in London to Stevenage, it takes approximately 30 minutes.
- Please be aware that if you walk to the venue, there is no pedestrian access via the main entrance. A public footpath will take you from Knebworth Village to the park via St Mary’s Church.
- If you are driving, the house and park can be accessed directly from the junction 7 roundabout of the A1 (M). If you’re using a Satnav, use postcode SG1 2AX.
- There’s plenty of free parking on-site. Kidadler Hannah recommends parking "by the house for [the Dino trail] and then repark(ing) for the playground."