Photo taken by Louise Hughes
Knebworth House, Park & Gardens make for a fascinating destination for a walk, whether that through the colour gardens, large open parkland or the stunning rooms of the House. Please note that there are no official walking route.
Walk Through Over 500 Years of History
Knebworth House first achieved fame in Victorian times as the home of the novelist, playwright and politician Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton; author of the words “The pen is mightier than the sword”. Other notable family members include Lady Constance Lytton, Hertfordshire’s own Suffragette. House tours are guided on most days with the knowledgeable telling the story of Knebworth and the Lytton family, who have lived there for 19 generations. Stories and heirlooms reflect the family’s contribution to literature, politics and foreign service; alongside visits by characters as diverse as Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill and Noel Gallagher. On event days and Sundays in July and August, House tours operate on a ‘free-flow’ basis, allowing visitors to view the house at their own leisure. Entry to the House costs a small supplement of £3.50 for adults and £3.00 for senior citizens / children.
Trek into the Wilderness
The 28-acres of Formal Gardens are separated into distinct ‘garden rooms’, bringing a variety of landscapes and colourful plants within each area; popular areas include the maze, formal rose garden and the tropical borders. The Wilderness Garden makes for an interesting short walk with ancient trees and wild flowers. Younger visitors particularly enjoy the willow huts, wind-up sound boxes and the Dinosaur Trail which features 72 life-sized prehistoric creatures.
Rock and Rolling Countryside
Knebworth Park is best known as Britain’s largest music venue, having welcomed over two million music fans visiting since the first concert in 1974. On Open Days, visitors are welcome to enjoy the outdoors with a walk through the 250-acres of beautiful rolling countryside. More athletically minded visitors can participate in the Hertfordshire Half Marathon on 18th November, a chip timed road closed half marathon that starts and finishes at the iconic Knebworth House with the course taking participants around the surrounding rural roads.
Alternatively, if you’re not the active type, you can take a seat on one of the many benches in the Gardens and take in your tranquil surroundings, or visit the Garden Terrace Tea Room to check out their new offerings, including a salad bar, paninis and afternoon teas.