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Knebworth House

Type:Historic House / Palace

Knebworth Park, Knebworth, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX

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Home of the Lytton family since 1490, the romantic Victorian gothic exterior of Knebworth House does little to prepare the visitor for what to expect inside. The house, its décor and contents encapsulate 500 years of English history from early Tudor times to the present day through the 19 generations of one family. Knebworth is famous worldwide for its rock concerts and as the home of Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton, author of the words, 'The pen is mightier than the sword'.

The present 28-acre garden dates largely from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, with more recent and continuing restoration and additions. Sir Edwin Lutyens re-designed the formal gardens immediate to the House in the early 1900s. The main features are the Sunken Lawn with twin avenues and a central square of 'pollarded' limes, the Rose Garden with lily ponds and herbaceous borders, the Gertrude Jekyll Herb Garden and the Wilderness Garden which includes the Dinosaur Trail.

The 250-acre deer park includes a giant adventure playground. Children can enjoy hours of fun on the swings, slides, walkways, trails, thrill slides and bouncy castle.

Suitable for conferences and banquets, product launches, weddings, commercial photography, filming, exhibitions, garden shows, concerts and festivals. Guided Tours: Obligatory when running Education/School Visits: National Curriculum based school activity days. Suitability for Dogs: In grounds. Civil Wedding License: Licensed Knebworth House, Garden Gazebo & Manor Barn.

Guide Prices

See website for Admission Prices: To House, Gardens, Park, Playground (may be adjusted for some Special Events).


Road Directions

By Road:

The nearest railway station is Stevenage, which is 2 miles away.



  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Accept children all ages
  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Cater for groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted


Opening Times

* See website for full information.
Park, Gardens, Dinosaurs, Adventure Playground: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
House and British Raj Exhibition: 12:00 noon - 5:00pm (last admission 4:15 pm)


  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017
  • Visit England VistEngland VAQAS 2017

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