Plan your visit
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.
What can I get up to outside?
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 outdoors at Knightshayes.
Exploring inside Knightshayes
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.