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 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, simplified the ornate beds and statuary of the Victorian garden with lawns and avenues of pollarded lime trees. The Herb Garden was recreated in 1982 from Gertrude Jekyll’s 1907 design. Each generation has enhanced the gardens and the recent wood carvings are particularly interesting.
Younger visitors will particularly enjoy the Wilderness area within the Gardens with its Willow House, bird-song sound box and garden sculptures as well as the new brand new Bug Hotel and Giants Chair.
Our Dinosaur Trail in the Wilderness Garden is very popular with younger visitors. The 72 life-sized dinosaurs and pre-historic creatures can be found grazing amongst the shrubbery. Exploring the woodland paths, children can learn about the T-Rex, the Woolly Mammoth and other fascinating pre-historic creatures. There are information boards throughout the Dinosaur Trail and a huge chalk board for creating your own ‘cave-man drawings’.
Look out for the wind-up sound box and make some dinosaur roars.
Have a fun-filled day at the Adventure Playground: enjoy the astro and drop slides, play on the swings and slides at Fort Knebworth, whizz down the zip wire, try the interactive splash water play features, and scale the new climbing equipment.
On the drop slide children must be at least 1.2 metres and able to ride alone. Children under 1.2 metres can ride the curly slide only if they are accompanied by a responsible person over 16 years old on the same mat. On the Astroglide Slide children under 1 metre must be accompanied by a responsible person over 16 years old on the same mat. This slide has no minimum height restriction (when accompanied by a responsible person) but all riders must be able to walk unaided to be able to take a turn.
THE WATCHMAN’S TOWER
Due to Covid-19 social distancing guidelines the Watchman’s Tower will remained closed until further notice.
Visitors with a House, Park and Gardens ticket are now able to access the Victorian Watchman’s Tower for the first time.
The tower was originally used by the night Watchman, but has been out of use since the 1950s and has never been open to the public before.
Knebworth House Education and Preservation Trust is grateful to have secured grants from Historic England, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Historic Houses Foundation to enable a two year project to restore the exterior and interior of the Tower. Visitors can climb the staircase, which is made from Oak from the Knebworth Estate, in order to reach the top viewing platform where you can enjoy stunning views of the local area.