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Knebworth, Stevenage,
Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX

01438 812661


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Weekends and bank holidays 21 - 29 March, 25 April - 17 May, 6-21 June 5-27 Sept.
Daily 2 April - 19 April, 23 May - 31 May, 27 June - 31 Aug
Hours: 11am - 5pm Park, Gardens, Dinosaurs, Adventure Playground & Garden (last ticket sold 4.15pm)
Garden Terrace Tea Room 11am - 5pm
House & British Raj display: 12noon - 5pm (last admission 4.00 pm).
Raj Exhibition opens at 1.15pm

Parties/Coaches: Yes

by appointment all year round.

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

same as garden, except hours are 12noon - 5pm, last admission 4.15pm.

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

Spring and summer

To see:

Extensive formal gardens and decorative walled vegetable garden

Admission Prices

Adult £9.50, House admission Adult £3 extra child £2.50 extra;
Child & Over 60s £9.50, Family day ticket (4 persons) £34 ex.
House, £44 incl. House; Season £42.50. Child under 3 free

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Hertfordshire Garden Show 2,3,4 May Meet the Gardener walks will take place, at no additional charge, every Wednesday, at 2pm in July. RHS Partner Garden - see website for admission concesssion

Garden Features & Events

Knebworth House has been the Lytton family home for more than 500 years. The house and gardens are set in 250 acres of parkland with herds of Red and Sika deer. The gardens feature the Lutyens - designed pollarded Lime Avenues and Brick garden, the Gertrude Jekyll Herb Garden, now in its centenary year, the Rose Garden, the Golden Garden, the Victorian Maze reinstated in 1995 and the Wilderness Walks.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Novotel, Stevenage Knebworth Park

Inns & Pubs:

Lytton Arms Public House, Park Lane, Old Knebworth Brocket Arms, Ayot St. Lawrence

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Knebworth village Stevenage town

Description of Garden

The formal gardens and 'wilderness' area cover approx 25 acres. The various areas of the garden include the Sunken Lawn. Sir Edwin Lutyens developed the present layout in 1910. A mixture of modern bush roses and older shrub roses, combined with herbaceous borders and 2 ponds, provide the centrepiece for the Rose Garden.

The Maze, reinstated in 1995, using box and yew was created on the site of the Victorian Maze. There are two ponds, one ornamental, one more wild. Restoration of the Horace Garden started in 1999, and in this area is an evergreen oak, given by Queen Victoria to her godson, Victor, 2nd Earl of Lytton, on his coming of age.The Wilderness, dating from Victorian times, is a 7 acre area of fine ornamental trees, include Californian redwoods, and a 'snowdrop tree'.

In spring it is a carpet of Daffodils. It also contains 72 life-size dinosaurs.In the Jekyll Herb Garden, The 'Quincunx' pattern and planting was first designed by Gertrude Jekyll in 1907 but was not laid out until 1982. The ornamental vegetable and culinary herb garden in the Walled Garden, was designed in 1999 and laid out in 2000.

History Of Garden

The structure and layout of the present garden, is mainly Edwardian - designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens between 1908 - 1911, but this overlays an earlier elaborate Victorian design by Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton, laid out from 1846 onwards. The earliest records of a garden at Knebworth date back to 1700s. Since the 1980's a programme of restoration and development has been under way, funded by the Knebworth House Education and Preservation Trust. This led to the restoration of many of the more important historic elements of the garden and new contemporary features and plantings. Each generation of the family has added something new to the garden and the present owners are carrying on that tradition.