The 'home within a house' tour

A rare chance to glimpse how the last family occupants - Sir John and Joyce, Lady Heathcoat Amory, made Knightshayes their home.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Join a guided 45 minute tour and see a side of Knightshayes not normally viewed. Learn more about unseen areas of the East Wing, where a home was created for Joyce when the Trust took on Knightshayes in 1972. Learn more about Sir John and Joyce, the last of the family to live here, and how they altered it to suit their lifestyle and their joint passion for gardening. This tour is also an opportunity to peek behind closed doors and see how we care for Knightshayes during the winter months.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £12.80 £11.60
Child £6.40 £5.80
Family £31.90 £29.00
1 Adult, 2 Children £19.20 £17.40
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £10.80
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.40

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

The basics

Booking details
Tickets are issued on the day and can't be pre-booked. There is a maximum of 10 tickets per tour.
Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Meeting point
Tickets to be collected from visitor reception .
The tour involves one flight of stairs up to the first floor. Please notify the tour guide of any access issues you may have and we will do what we can to accommodate it.
Tour last approximately 45 minutes and includes rooms not normally open to the public on both ground floor and first floor, from the East Wing entrance through to some of the main show rooms. Photography without flash is welcome throughout the tour. Please ensure your mobile phone is turned to silent for the duration of the event. There is a maximum of 10 tickets per tour due to space restrictions in the house. Please turn up early to avoid disappointment.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
20 February 2018 12:00 - 12:45 Available
14:00 - 14:45 Available
22 February 2018 12:00 - 12:45 Available
14:00 - 14:45 Available
24 February 2018 12:00 - 12:45 Available
14:00 - 14:45 Available
25 February 2018 12:00 - 12:45 Available
14:00 - 14:45 Available

Contact Info

Call 01884 254665

Upcoming events

The 'home within a house' tour

Tue 20 Feb 2018
A rare chance to glimpse how the last family occupants - Sir John and Joyce, Lady Heathcoat Amory, made Knightshayes their home.

Carvery Lunches

Sun 25 Feb 2018
Enjoy one of our delicious carvery lunches in the stables café. Made using local produce, much of it grown in our very own Kitchen Garden and sourced from our tenant farmers, it's the perfect way to warm up and treat yourself after exploring...

Golf, gardens and guides: Joyce, Lady Amory's story

Sat 03 Mar 2018
Joyce, Lady Amory, the last member of the family to live at Knightshayes, left a tremendous legacy. Join us to discover the trail she blazed in women's golf in the 1920's and her role in creating the stunning infamous garden here.

Seed swap

Sat 10 Mar 2018
Flex your green fingers and take home your own piece of Knightshayes by coming along to our spring seed swapping event in the kitchen garden.

Mothering Sunday Carvery Lunch

Sun 11 Mar 2018
Bring mum along to Knightshayes and show her a good day out.

Easter holiday family fable fun

Sat 24 Mar 2018
Everyone knows the story of the Tortoise and the Hare, but how much do you really know about the stories of Aesop? Head over to Knightshayes this Easter and find out all about these wild and wonderful moral tales.