Knebworth is a beautiful house set within stunning grounds with over 250 acres. Offering a fun day out for all the family.
Author Katie E
Knebworth House is located directly off junction 7 of the A1 near Stevenage, Hertfordshire and is clearly signposted. On arrival, you pay whilst in the car at the gates. There are four gates which were all operational on our visit allowing a quick entry into the park.
Tickets can be purchased with or without a visit to the house (£10 for an adult, £14 with the house. £10 for a child, £13.50 with the house) or a family ticket for four is £36 or £50 with the house. It’s worthwhile noting you can pay for entry to the house once you are in the park. You can purchase tickets online in advance.
Family Friendly things to do Knebworth House Grounds
After passing through the entry gates, we parked by the fort as our son was eager to play on all the equipment. There are plenty of parking spaces here. The Fort is an enclosed wooden play area with slides, tunnels and multi-levels to play and scramble around. There are toilets in this area, which although are only outside huts, they were very clean.
After this we visited the slides which were probably our favourite from the whole day. There are three different slides. There is a drop slide which cleverly disappears into the ground before coming out the other end. A Helter-skelter slide and the “bumpy slide which you can have a race with the rest of your family. The helter-skelter and drop slide has a minimum height requirement of 1.2 metres, however, on the day, there were children much smaller than this riding them.
Following this, we spent more time on the adventure playground, swings, zip wires and slides. There is a lot of choices, so although the park was busy, you didn’t have to wait for long to get on the equipment.
Lunch was next. We brought our own picnic and Knebworth provides plenty of covered picnic tables in the centre of the play area. Ideal for small families or large groups. There is a kiosk serving drinks and ice creams which is a cash only purchase.
The house, dinosaur trail, gardens and maze are at the other end of the park. We decided to walk and the map stated this takes about 20 minutes, but took us 10-15 with a buggy. It is over grassland and up a hill so may not be suitable for all families.
There is also a beautiful old courtesy bus which runs in a loop between the playground and the house. You can also drive up on the one-way system around the park and leave your car in the house car park.
The gardens surrounding the house are immaculate and lots of care and attention have clearly been made to keep them at their best. There are statues of animals dotted around the gardens, you don’t know what you are going to encounter around the corner.
Our next stop was the maze. Each area is clearly signposted, making navigating around the large area very easy. We transitioned through the maze, stopping and retracing our steps at the dead ends.
However, we struggled to find the middle of the maze and discover which animal statue was situated there. After some thought, we did manage it! The maze is made of waist height hedges so suitable for all ages although little ones could easily disappear for a few minutes!
The Dinosaur trail was next on our adventure. My son is dinosaur mad and he wasn’t disappointed. There are many different dinosaurs around the trail, some towering menacingly above you, and others facing you at eye level.
The T Rex and Triceratops family were our favourites. There are excellent information boards on all dinosaurs, providing the pronunciation and information when they would have lived. There are also wind-up boards where you can hear how the dinosaur would have roared. This was proving to be a popular place to be!
Our last stop was at the house. You have to leave the buggy’s at the entrance but wheelchairs are permitted on the ground floor. There is so much to see here, displaying the history of the house and the Lytton family throughout the years. The dining table was enormous and the number of glasses set for dinner was astonishing.
There are team members in all of the rooms, who have excellent knowledge of the room and its history. You could spend a long time here, however, with a five-year-old and a toddler with us, who wanted to touch everything, we raced through it quicker than we would have liked. The toilets in the house were very clean and had a baby changing facility.
There is a tea room near the house serving small meals and snacks. On the day we visited, there was a flower show taking place and the café was packed so we didn’t go in.
Making our way back down the field to the play area, we had another quick go on the slides before making our way home. We spent approximately five hours at Knebworth but could have stayed far longer. The vastness of the Estate is clear to see and many hours exploring the gardens playing hide and seek could be had. Thank you for having us, we had a wonderful family day out.
Disclaimer: Katie and her family were provided with a family day pass for the purpose of this review. All opinions and photos are her own and must not be duplicated without prior consent.
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Another great local day out in the area is – Willows Activity Farm.