Around an hour drive from Northampton is Knebworth House. It is a 500-year-old house full of history and offers plenty to do for the whole family.
You can easily spend a whole day at Knebworth house. There is the house itself to explore as well as the gardens which are full of adventure and exploration.
Here is a taster of what we got up to on our day at Knebworth House.
Knebworth House Gardens
The gardens on Knebworth house are full of places to explore. Make sure you grab a map from outside the shop and cafe as this shows you each area to visit as well as a little bit of info and/or history about it.
We weren’t able to visit the whole gardens as we ran out of time. Plus we had already decided we would want to come back so have saved some stuff for next time.
When we entered the gardens, we followed the path past the gazebo, through the pergola and into the victorian maze. This was fun for the boys, first, we tried to find our way to the centre of the maze and then we had to find out way out the other end to carry on through the gardens. The maze is well designed for kids with the hedges all cut down to shoulder height.
From the maze we went over the ponds into the wilderness walk where there were some amazing trees that the boys loved exploring inside and some willow tree ‘houses’.
Alongside this was a beautifully crafted bug hotel which led us on to the dinosaur trail.
The dinosaur trail features 72 life-sized dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures. There are information boards for each one and at the end, there is a giant chalkboard where you can create your caveman drawings.
After this, you will find yourself approximately halfway around the garden perimeter. At this point we headed back to the cafe for some lunch so didn’t see the rest.
If you do carry on, you will come across a tropical border, walled garden, victorian bowling alley, mounds that offer a great viewing point, the Jekyll herb garden, sunken garden, rose garden and ending with the pets cemetery.
If you like this post then check out:
The cafe offers sandwiches, sausage rolls, salads and pasta. There was some indoor and outdoor seating. You can however take your own picnic to Knebworth, just make sure you avoid eating it in the formal gardens or dinosaur trail.
Inside Knebworth House
We headed through the Sunken garden and through to the house. The tours last around 45- 60 minutes and I was worried the boys would get bored. However, as there was another family with a child waiting, we were put together and taken on our own, shorted, more child-friendly tour.
Our tour guide Julia was amazing. She engaged the children in the facts and history and got them involved in exploring the areas.
Knebworth house is full of interesting stories and some of the rooms remain the same as when they were inhabited years and years ago. There have also been a number of movies shot at the house, events held in the gardens and famous overnight guests that we were told about.
Following our house tour, we headed to the front of the house and were able to walk up the tower.
The Play Area.
We saved the play area until last as it was on the way out of the grounds. We drove down and parked alongside.
The various play equipment is spread out over a large grassed area. There are roundabouts, mushrooms houses, climbing frames, water play, and football goals.
At the back of all this is Forth Knebworth which is a large wooden play area where kids can explore.
Alongside this there is also 2 giant slides – a drop slide and curly slide – that run down the hill. These are not for the faint hearted!! Smaller children do need to be accompanied by an adult.
There is a small takeaway cafe at the play area serving drinks and snacks. Next time we go to Knebworth we will take a picnic and eat it here.
Overall we had a great day at Knebworth House. It is a bit of a drive but well worth it as you can easily spend the whole day there.
To find out more about Knebworth House visit their website here.
If you enjoyed this post then please show your support and consider buying me a coffee!