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KNEBWORTH HOUSE GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Knebworth House
Knebworth Park
Knebworth
SG1 2AX

Directly off A1 (M), Jct 7 Stevenage. Sat Nav: SG1 2AX.

28 acres

Tel
01438 812661

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Opening Hours

Please see website for opening dates and times.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies Mon–Fri.

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs only
  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children’s play area
  • Children's activities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Toilets

Features

  • Champion trees
  • Colour themed borders
  • Pond or lake

About the garden

Owned by
Henry and Martha Lytton Cobbold

Designed By
Edwin Lutyens

There have been gardens at Knebworth House since at least the 17th century, but the present layout dates largely from the Edwardian era and was designed by renowned British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, who married into the Lytton family. 

The garden offers distinct ‘garden rooms’, bringing a variety of landscapes and colourful plants within each area. Explore the shady Green Garden and emerge into the sunny Gold Garden with its circular pool and fountain. The soft shades and relaxed planting of the adjoining Brick Garden offer a perfect contrast to the formal rose garden. The walled vegetable garden has a changing display of bright fruit and vegetables, including edible flowers. Produce from the gardens is often available from the gift shop, including Knebworth apple juice, posies of flowers and fresh vegetables. 

Other features of the 28-acre formal gardens include the Herb Garden, which was recreated in 1982 from Gertrude Jekyll’s 1907 design; the Sunken Lawn, Pergola and the Victorian Bowling Alley. There are wonderful views across the ha-ha to the historic deer park. Find a shady seat and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and birdsong in the gardens. There is a fine collection of trees and mature shrubs including redwoods, Catalpa and Cornus

Younger visitors will enjoy the Dinosaur Trail, where 72 life-sized dinosaurs can be found grazing among the rhododendrons and redwoods. Exploring the woodland paths carpeted with daffodils early in the year, followed by drifts of pink campion in May, children can learn about the T-Rex, the woolly mammoth and other fascinating prehistoric creatures. Each generation of the family has enhanced the gardens and the recent woodcarvings are particularly interesting. Look out for regular exhibitions of garden sculpture too. The Garden Terrace Tea Room serves light lunches and afternoon teas. The home-made cakes are particularly popular with visitors.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Begonias
  • Bluebells
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Camellias
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cut flowers
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Meconopsis
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Topiary
  • Vegetables
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.