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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 home to the Lytton family for more than 500 years, and for its romantic exterior complete with turrets, domes and gargoyles, which conceal a red brick house dating from Tudor times.

Every generation of the Lytton family has left something of its style and taste, making Knebworth an extraordinary walk through 500 years of local and British history.

Stories and heirlooms reflect the family’s contribution to literature, politics and Foreign Service, plus visits by characters as diverse as Charles Dickens and Winston Churchill.


2019 Opening dates: (subject to amendments)

23 – 31 March: Weekends and Bank Holidays

6 April – 22 April: Daily

27 April – 19 May: Weekends and Bank Holidays

25 May – 2 June: Daily

8 – 23 June: Weekends Only

29 June – 29 August: Daily

7 – 29 September: Weekends Only

(Closed for Cool Britannia 30th August – 1st September)

Knebworth House, Park, Gardens, Dinosaur Trail & Adventure Playground is open on select days between March and September, please check the calendar (click here) for full details.

Find Us
Find us

Knebworth House & Park are accessed direct from the Junction 7 roundabout of the A1(M) motorway at Stevenage South, 29 miles north of London.

The nearest rail station is Stevenage, two miles from Knebworth Park. There is a taxi rank at the station.


Car park on site

  • Free


Geoffs Taxis 07950 137938


Historic Houses members visit for free. 

On non-event days - Historic Houses members have unlimited free access to House, gardens, park & playground.

On event days- members must pay the normal park admission rate, then entry to the House is free, visitor will be required to show both the park ticket and membership card to staff in the house fore free entry.

Information for non-Historic Houses members can be found on Knebworth's website. 

More admission details

  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Access statement available
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups can pre-book for both open and non-open days and receive discounted rates.

Contact the group team on 01438 810931 or groupbookings@knebworthhouse.com.

You can find out more on Knebworth's website.

A word from the owner

Our remarkable family stories are put in a unique context at Knebworth. Including those of Robert, 1st Earl of Lytton who was Viceroy of India, and his daughter Lady Constance who fought for the Suffragette movement. We hope you enjoy your visit.
Henry Lytton Cobbold

Things to See

Fun Facts
  • Knebworth House was built by Sir Robert Lytton in 1490, who became Under Treasurer to the Household of Henry VII after the Battle of Bosworth. The Lytton family has resided in the House ever since, making for an extraordinary walk through over 500 years of local and British history.
  • The red Tudor brick structure is clad in the Victorian High Gothic fantasy style of its most famous family member, novelist and statesman Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, who penned the lines ‘it was a dark and stormy night’ and ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’. His complete works can be found in the library.

Weddings at Knebworth


Imagine the wedding party arriving along the ancient chestnut avenue, a vista of 250 acres of deer park unfolding before you, and in the distance the turrets, heraldic beasts and towers of Knebworth House.

Wedding ceremonies may be held in the Tithe Barns, Cobbold and Lytton Barns, Garden Gazebo, and Knebworth House itself.



  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking
  • In-house catering

We wanted to extend a huge THANK YOU for making our wedding day so special! All our family and friends have told us over and over again how awesome you all were, and how your services made the day extra memorable! Thank you once again for making a big day so much fun, and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Bride & Groom

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

A conference or dinner is more than just a meeting of people. It is about location, planning and communication.

Here at Knebworth we understand this and work with you to bring these elements together to ensure that your event runs as smoothly as possible.

Our House, 16th-century Tithe Barns, Cobbold and Lytton Barns and Garden Terrace Barn provide the perfect setting for conferences of up to 200 delegates with full access to AV equipment.


  • Wifi
  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking
  • Projector and screen
  • Lunch
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments

Thanks for all your sterling effort in making our event go so smoothly yesterday. I have received no end of praise and thanks from many of the participating guests and this is all down to you and the amazing team at Knebworth.

School Visits

If you are visiting as a school, you will receive a warm welcome at Knebworth House. We cater for students of all ages and backgrounds. Our award winning programmes are designed to educate, inspire and entertain. The unique historic setting, exciting learning activities and stimulating outdoor spaces will provide a day out that your pupils simply won’t forget!