Visiting Knightshayes: what you need to know

Visitor taking pictures of a spring border at Knightshayes, Devon

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.

Our welcome map

Can be picked up from visitor reception or you can download one from the Knightshayes main page.


Arrival at Knightshayes 

We have a large car park at Knightshayes, so there is plenty of space to park away from others. We have designated blue badge holder parking close to Visitor Reception. 

If you are a National Trust member please scan your membership card at one of the car park machines to get a ticket. Non-members will need to pay for parking.

Campervans that are used for transport are welcome but are not permitted to stay overnight. Please call the property office on 01884 235760 if you are a group and coming in a coach. 

There is no limit to the amount of time you can spend at Knightshayes during your visit however the gardens close at 4pm and the parkland at 5pm.


Staying safe

The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our priority. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. 

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit. 

In England, wearing a face covering is a personal choice, although they are recommended in crowded and enclosed places.

A visitor in the shop at Tyntesfield wearing a mask

Face coverings

Wearing a face covering is a personal choice, although they are recommended in crowded and enclosed places. Thank you for supporting us to make this a safe experience for everyone.

What's open? 

The parkland, cafe, shop and toilets are open 7 days a week. 

From 1 November until 28 February the ground floor of the house will be open weekends only, expect for school holidays when it will be open 7 days a week.

During January and February, we are re-surfacing the accessible footpaths in the Formal and Woodland Garden. The gardens will be closed Monday - Friday and only the top terrace will be open at weekends until the work is complete.

The Walled Kitchen Garden, is closed during the week so that conservation work can be completed.

We recommend checking our opening times for the most up to date information. 

Bringing your dog

Dogs are welcome out in the parkland and woodland but must be on a lead in fields with sheep. Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas. 

Knightshayes is still a working estate and has livestock in the fields. Please keep your dog on a short lead if you're walking through these fields.



The route through the garden is free-flow and the circular path is hard standing, however it is steep in some areas. 

We're sorry but we are unable to offer our buggy service at this time.


Upcoming events

Outdoor Theatre at Knightshayes - Common Players present Alice in Wonderland

Sat 25 Jun 2022
The Queen of Hearts is on the war path… It’s up to Alice to save everyone’s head by throwing her a tea-party along with the help of some new friends…

Outdoor Theatre at Knightshayes - Theatre6 present ESTELLA

Thu 07 Jul 2022
Inspired by Dickens' classic novel 'Great Expectations', three captivating actor-musicians lead a re-imagining set against a backdrop of live music and song.

Adventure Cinema presents Outdoors Cinema at Knightshayes

Fri 02 Sep 2022
Join us for an evening of outdoors cinema over three evenings in September.