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Knebworth House

This property is free for HHA Friends
Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX
01438 812661

Set in 250 acres of rolling Hertfordshire countryside, Knebworth House is one of England's most colourful stately homes. It is remarkable for having been in the same family - the Lyttons - for more than 500 years and for its romantic exterior complete with turrets, domes and gargoyles, which conceals a red brick house dating from Tudor times.

Knebworth achieved fame in Victorian times as the home of the novelist, playwright and politician Edward Bulwer Lytton. Other notable family members included Constance Lytton, the Suffragette and her father, Robert Lytton, the Viceroy of India who proclaimed Queen Victoria Empress of India at the Great Delhi Durbar of 1877. Visited by Queen Elizabeth I, Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill and many more.

This property offers free access to HHA Friends and Members during normal opening hours - please check opening times.

On selected event days, HHA members have free access to Knebworth House, but will still need to purchase Park/Event admission on arrival. Please note that Knebworth special events, theatricals, concerts and courses are excluded from the scheme.

New Treasure Hunt Apps

Make the most of your visit to Knebworth and enjoy the new FREE Treasure Hunt apps. The two apps are free to download. There are simple and cryptic clues to choose from on each trail:

In the Knebworth House and Gardens app, you can learn about the gryphons and the gothic architecture of the House, and explore the historical features of the Gardens. Then try the Dinosaur Trail app to find out fascinating facts about the dinosaurs.

See the Visiting Page of the Knebworth House website to download:


Off A1(M)/J7 (Stevenage South A602).

Visitor Opening Times

2017: Daily: 1–17 Apr, 27 May–4 Jun, 1 Jul–3 Sep. Weekends & BHs: 25-26 Mar, 22 Apr–21 May, 10–25 Jun, 9–24 Sept. House & Exhibition: 12 noon–5 pm (last entry 4pm). Park, Playground & Gardens: 11am–5pm (last entry 4.15pm). NB: No free entry to the Park or Gardens on special event days. Please check website for current opening days and times.

Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.

Family Friendly Facilities

Adventure playground and dinosaur trail - see property website for details.

Children under 3 years of age are admitted free of charge.

Film Locations

Knebworth House prides itself on being especially film friendly, having worked with film and television crews for over 40 years. The unique gothic features of Knebworth House are a favourite with film makers and the private Estate; which includes an extensive deer park, formal gardens and woodland offer a number of locations for productions. Knebworth is ideally situated just 29 miles from London with direct access to the A1M at Stevenage and close to production facilities at Pinewood, Leavesden and Elstree studios.

Knebworth’s diverse filming history includes major movies such as The Kings Speech, Nanny McPhee, Possession, Eyes Wide Shut and Batman the Movie. TV productions include dramas such as Miss Marple, Poirot, Midsomer Murders, Foyles War, Lovejoy and Jonathan Creek. Knebworth is a popular location for general interest productions such as The Hour, East Enders, Great British Railway Journeys, Food Glorious Food and Antiques Roadshow. See our website for a list of locations that the Estate has to offer.
Contact Trish Washer, House Operations Manager, on 01438 812661 or for more information.

Educational Facilities

Knebworth House has an extensive educational programme. School children are invited to step through the Time Portal and trek back to the Tudor and Victorian Lyttons, visit the dinosaur trail, hear about the ghosts and enjoy the Lutyens gardens, adventure playground, licensed tea room and gift shop. Free resources and pre-visit for teachers.
Gained a second ‘Sandford Award’ for excellence in Heritage Education

Groups and special visits

During our Season opening hours (March to September), pre-booked groups benefit from our discounted rates and can enjoy a house tour which can highlight specific themes from the House’s history or a gardens tour.

Tailor Made Facilities

Visits to HouseYes
Visits to GardenYes
Other EventsYes
Light RefreshmentsYes

Contact Details

Estate Offices
Knebworth House
01438 812661

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