Exploring outdoors at Knightshayes

Find out about all of the places you can explore outdoors at Knightshayes at the moment, including the different areas of the garden, walking trails to follow and a virtual visit to the kitchen garden which is closed at the moment.

Do I need to pre-book? 

Pre-booking is advised but not essential. If you're visiting just the parkland, shop and cafe you don't need to pre-book. However if you wish to visit the house, formal and kitchen gardens we would advise pre-booking to guarantee a space.

If you decide to pre-book you'll need to do this by 3pm the day before you plan to visit. Everything is now open with the exception of the play areas. The house is open Tuesday - Saturday, 12 noon-4pm (last entry 3.30pm). The café is open 10am-4pm serving a limited range of drinks and light snacks.

Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We’ll be releasing tickets for the week ahead each Friday. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Pre-booking does not guarantee entry to the house, timed tickets for the house can be collected on arrival.

Looking out over the formal garden. Large trees in full leaf fill the garden on this bright sunny day. A large concave bench sits in the center of the lawned area.

Knightshayes' formal and woodland garden

Explore one of England’s great post-war gardens, with one of the National Trust’s most important plant collections.

A couple walking amongst the colourful pink spring flowers at Knightshayes in Devon

The Garden in the Wood at Knightshayes

A ‘treasure trove of woodland delights’ in a great Devon garden.

The sunlight through the trees in Impey Wood

Knightshayes' parkland and Impey woods

There are acres of parkland to explore at Knightshayes. With acres of parkland and woodland, it's a great place for the whole family to explore with room to roam, ponds to peer into and plenty of hidden corners to discover.

Children enjoying a picnic on the stables lawn at Knightshayes

Picnic spots at Knightshayes

Here's a list of the top spots to roll out the blanket at Knightshayes. Please be aware that you'll need to book ahead before visiting.

A family walking a single dog in front of the stables.

Knightshayes parkland circular dog walk

This is a circular route perfect for dog walking and for exploring the historic parkland. It takes you through open fields and past some of the most special trees in the Knightshayes parkland, including the Turkey Oak, believed to be the largest in the UK.

the parkland on a misty day

Knightshayes veteran and champion tree walk

Discover the champion trees which grow at Knightshayes on a walk through the garden, taking in redwoods, holly, sweet chestnut, the tallest redwood in Devon and the biggest turkey oak in the UK.

Gardeners working in the walled garden

The kitchen garden at Knightshayes

This two-and-a-half-acre walled kitchen garden with fairytale turrets is home to a vast collection of crops which are now almost extinct – including 102 varieties of heritage tomatoes.