Wander the 28-acres of historic formal gardens, woodland and deer park within the Knebworth estate.
As the home of the Lytton family since 1490, Knebworth House, Gardens and Park make for an extraordinary walk through British history. There have been gardens at Knebworth House since the 17th century. The present layout dates from the Edwardian era when the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, who married into the Lytton family, simplified the ornate beds and sculptures of the Victorian garden. He added lawns and avenues of lime trees. Lutyens also created 14 ‘garden rooms’ with each area having a different feel depending on the planting. The gardens have been changed and maintained through generations so there is plenty to see throughout the seasons. Popular features include the walled vegetable garden which has colourful and unusual vegetables, the formal rose garden and the herbaceous borders. The Herb Garden was recreated in 1982 using a 1907 design by the well-known garden designer Gertrude Jekyll’s, who created more than 400 gardens in Britain, Europe and the USA. There is a Garden Terrace Tea Room within the gardens which serves drinks, snacks and delicious cream teas with homemade cakes. Additionally, visitors can buy a range of plants and gifts to take home from the Knebworth House Gift Shop. Beyond the formal gardens there are 250 acres of landscaped parkland which visitors can explore where you may catch a glimpse of the grazing herds of red and sika deer.