The house at Knightshayes

A visitor wearing a facemask inside a historic house

Built for Sir John Heathcoat Amory (1829-1914), former MP for Tiverton, the house remained in the family for 125 years.

Visiting the house

The ground floor of the house is open Tuesday - Saturday, 12 noon-4pm (last entry 3.30pm). Visits are limited to ensure social distancing and entry to the house is not guaranteed on the day you visit. In line with government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering in the house. Please bring one with you.


A medieval world in the great hall

Step back in time as you explore the ‘medieval’ hall, complete with minstrels' gallery. From the gallery get a closer look at the elaborate ceiling patterns or admire the chivalrous banners and shields. Can you identify the stone carvings, portraying aspects of medieval life, including the king, farmers and guards?


Books galore in the library

There’s plenty to see in the library, from the intricately decorated ceiling to the shelves full of rare books. Sitting on bookshelves and hiding in the alcoves are some unusual Martinware ceramics, including the grotesque spiny beast and peculiar birds.
The library at Knightshayes
The library at Knightshayes
The library at Knightshayes

The sound of music in the drawing room

 Admire the elaborate ceiling, now restored to its colourful glory after being covered for nearly a century. Don’t miss the large wooden cabinet containing a rare collection of local ceramics.
Inspiration from the ornate carved ceilings in the Drawing Room at Knightshayes Court, Devon
 The Drawing Room at Knightshayes Court, Devon
Inspiration from the ornate carved ceilings in the Drawing Room at Knightshayes Court, Devon

Precious treasures in the morning room

A luxurious room richly decorated in red velvet and full of unusual treasures. In the alcoves are items of Italian renaissance earthenware, which have featured in many international exhibitions. The room is also home to Sir John’s beloved art collection.


The dining room

Take a look at the table and sideboard, laid out for a family dinner. Above, the ceiling is inscribed with poetry from Robert Burns.


Our collection

There’s plenty to see at Knightshayes, but if you would like to see more of our collection online then visit our new collections website.

You can also see our access statement for more information about assessing the house.
The front of the house in summer

Visiting Knightshayes: what you need to know

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.