Please note that the Dinosaur Trail, Gardens, Park and Adventure Playground are now closed and will re-open on 25th March 2017.
The Gardens at Knebworth are delightful throughout the season. The 28 acre formal gardens include a maze, colourful borders, fine trees and a wilderness area with an exciting Dinosaur trail.
There is also a walled vegetable garden planted with colourful and unusual vegetables. Collect a map of the Garden from the Gift shop. Please take a while to find a shady seat and enjoy the Garden. Younger visitors will particularly enjoy the Wilderness area with its Willow House, bird-song sound box and garden sculptures as well as the famous Knebworth Dinosaur Trail. Please note that visitors are asked not to picnic or bring dogs into the formal gardens or dinosaur trail.
A fascinating history: 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. Lutyens created ‘garden rooms’ with each area having a different feel depending on the planting. The Herb Garden was recreated in 1982 from Gertrude Jekyll’s 1907 design. Each generation has enhanced the gardens and the recent wood carvings around the garden are particularly interesting.
Don’t forget to visit the Knebworth House Gift Shop where visitors can buy a range of plants and gifts to take home.
The Gardens at Knebworth House are part of the RHS Partner Gardens scheme. RHS Members can enjoy free admission on weekdays (excluding Bank Holidays and Events) on open days during the visitor season on production of a valid membership card. See the Calendar for details of open days.
Weddings at Knebworth
Knebworth House Gardens provide a beautiful setting for your treasured photographs with Knebworth House as a stunning backdrop. Our Garden Gazebo is a perfect romantic venue for you to host your civil marriage ceremony. Find out More…
Garden events and activities
Regular events in the Garden include sculpture exhibitions, painting classes and outdoor theatre. See the Events section for more information. The Gardens are also used in our Educational programmes. Please check the Visiting page for details of opening times and days.
Explore the Dinosaur Trail: Read more about the fantastic Knebworth Dinosaur Trail, in the Wilderness Garden. 70 life -sized model dinosaurs can be seen amongst the trees. Try the Dino sound box to hear dinosaur roars.
The historic deer park covers over 250 acres. The grazing herds of Red and Sika deer have been at Knebworth for even longer than the Lytton family.
Enjoy the ancient chestnut and lime avenues. The Park is a perfect setting for country picnics and walks. Dogs on leads are very welcome in the Park, but please do not take your dog into the formal gardens or dinosaur trail (working assistance dogs may access all areas).
Parking for cars and coaches is free of charge.
Visit Fort Knebworth Adventure Playground in the Park, with slides, bouncy castle and zip wire. Find out More…