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.

Download our welcome map

You can pick up a welcome map from visitor reception or download one here: Welcome map (PDF / 0.6MB) download

Do I need to pre-book?

You will need to pre-book your admission tickets to be able to park in the main car-park or to access the gardens. If you arrive at the main car-park without a booking you may be turned away. To walk in the parkland without a booking please park in the parkland car-park. Please pay for parking or scan your National Trust membership card on arrival.  

We'll be releasing tickets every Friday and you will need to book your car parking space by 3pm the day before your visit. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

Changing your booking

If your plans change and you can’t make your timeslot, you can easily change or cancel your booking. We really appreciate you doing this as soon as possible so the tickets can be made available for other visitors. 

If you’re a member, the option to cancel or change your booking can be found in your confirmation email by selecting ‘view and manage your order online' underneath your order summary. 

For non-members, please ring us on 0344 249 1895 to discuss changing your booking.

Arrival at Knightshayes

When arriving at Knightshayes please have your ticket (if you have pre-booked) ready to show our staff. If you’re a member, you’ll also need to show your membership card. .  

We have a large car park at Knightshayes, so there is plenty to 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. At this time we’re unable to welcome caravans and coaches. 

There is no limit to the amount of time you can spend at Knightshayes during your visit however the gardens close at 5pm and the parkland at 6pm.

Arriving out of your time slot

We know sometimes journeys don't go to plan so if you arrive outside of your timeslot don't worry, you'll still be able to visit.

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 line with government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering in most enclosed spaces, unless exempt. Please bring one with you.

Due to a route which takes all visitors through the stables on the way in, please bring a face mask in order to comply with Government guidance.

A visitor in the shop at Tyntesfield wearing a mask

Please bring a face covering

In line with government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering in most enclosed spaces, unless exempt. Please bring one with you.

What's open? 

In line with government guidance the parkland, woodland, gardens, visitor reception and both tolilet blocks are open. The cafe is also open for takeaway food and drinks. The shop will re-open on the 12 April.

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

Bringing your dog

Dogs are welcome in in the parkland 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 are sorry but we are unable to offer our mobility scooters or buggy service at this time.


Upcoming events

Timed entry to Knightshayes (12 Apr - 18 Apr)

Mon 12 Apr 2021
Book your timed entry to visit Knightshayes.