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.

Woman removing child's wellies from the back of a car

Please book ahead before visiting 

The shop, plant centre, car park, formal and woodland gardens, parkland, Kitchen Garden, Douglas Fir Walk and Impey Woods at Knightshayes are now open. The cafe is also open 10am-4pm serving a limited range of takeaway drinks and light snacks. You'll need to book tickets by 3pm the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we’ll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

The formal garden in spring

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.

Dog walkers at Knightshates

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.