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.
Today’s opening hours
29 June – 29 August: Daily
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.
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
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.
- Accessible parking
- Accessible toilets
- Guide dogs welcome
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Access statement available
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.
- 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.
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.
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!
The gardens date back to the 1600's with the present design, landscaped in the Victorian and Edwardian times. They offer the beautiful setting for your treasured photographs with Knebworth House as a stunning backdrop. Our Garden Gazebo also offers a romantic venue for you to host your civil marriage ceremony.
The 16th-century Tithe Barns offer a stunning venue for your wedding breakfast and evening party, allowing you to host your perfect wedding day all at one venue.
If you are looking to have an evening reception only, the contemporary Cobbold Barn is a great addition with its beautiful oak structure that opens onto a private garden area.
Exclusive hire of the Victorian Library, Edwardian Dining Parlour and the Jacobean Banqueting Hall creates an impressive and romantic setting for all, or part of, your day.
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.
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.
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!