Plan your visit

A family walking across the south garden in front of the house at Knightshayes on an autumn day

There's plenty to see at Knightshayes, whether it's a quick pitstop for a cup of tea, a brisk walk, or a stroll around the house and gardens. Whether you have a couple of hours to spare, or the whole day to spend here, you can still enjoy your visit in the Devon countryside.

 

Parking at Knightshayes

The car park can become quite busy during the school holidays, and during the Spring and Summer months. The busiest time for arriving is between 10.30-1.30pm, so if you want to avoid arriving at a busier time, we recommend arriving before 10.30am or after 2pm.

There is disabled parking available and parking for families. From the car park, it's a short walk to Visitor Reception, down a gravel downhill path. There's a buggy shuttle service for those who may not be able to manage the 10 minute walk to the house and garden. This service is operated by volunteers and we endeavour to offer it daily but sometimes it's not possible to run the buggy. 

 

When is the best time to arrive?

If you're planning ahead, and want to avoid the crowds then you can arrive outside of our busiest peak times. The car park, Café and Visitor Reception can become busier between 11am-2pm, so we'd recommend arriving either side of these times if you're looking to avoid busy times. 
Visitor Reception, shop, café and gardens all open at 10am, with the house opening at 11am.
 

Eating and drinking at Knightshayes

An image of one of Knightshaye's chutneys made using home-grown produce

Bursting with flavour

Satisfy your taste buds with our wide range of locally produced chutneys, jams and honey available at the stables, some even made using Knightshayes produce.

What can I get up to?


The outdoors - Whether it's a tranquil walk in the parkland or discovering the weird and wonderful vegetables in the kitchen garden, there's all kinds of nooks and crannies to explore at Knightshayes. 
 

Family walking with their dog in part of the open parkland at Knightshayes, Devon

Bringing your canine friends

Everything you need to know about bringing your dog to Knightshayes, including walks in the parkland and woodland.

Exploring inside
 

This gothic revival house designed by the eccentric WIlliam Burges and with additions by Crace, is a curious delight to see, from intricate wood carvings and elaborate ceiling designs to a minstrel's gallery and hidden staircases. 

A group of children doing a trail in the garden at Knightshayes

Visiting with the family

Whether you're coming with the whole family or just bringing your little ones to get some fresh air, we've got some highlights and info to help you plan your day.

Christmas food and drink from the National Trust online shop

Pop into the gift shop 

We have plenty of local produce, seasonal fruit and vegetables, gifts, souvenirs, books and much more, including the new Knightshayes- inspired Christmas and autumn collection.