One off wonders in the house

From the inside-out, Knightshayes is quirky 19th century Victorian gothic revival house with stories and decoration to capture everyone's imagination. Step back in time on the minstrels gallery, admire the intricate carvings and impressive ceilings.

A picture of the ceiling in the library, showing a talbot dog carving on a corbel

Quirks and curiosities 

There's plenty to see, from looming grotesques and gargoyles to the ‘medieval’ great hall with minstrels’ gallery. Look out for the imaginative stone carvings of the seven deadly sins and aspects of medieval life, designed by the architect William Burges. The grand staircase is engraved with heraldic dogs and leads up to rooms of various styles, from Victorian gothic to Edwardian. The elaborate ceiling decorations tell of the troubled birth of Knightshayes and its restoration.

Image of the Heathcoat Amory family outside the North porch of the house.

Meet the family 

Find out more about the Heathcoat Amory family, their innovate lace making factory and their lives at Knightshayes. You can also take a glimpse into the fascinating career of Joyce Wethered, last member of the family to have resided at Knightshayes and four times winner of the English Ladies Championship and the British Ladies Open Golf.

Children using the Knightshayes house trail wheel activity

Things to keep little visitors busy

Why not explore the house with our new, family house trail wheel. Go on a journey around the house, trying your hand at each task a Knightshayes' servant would have had to do. From dressing up, to folding napkins, why not grab a wheel from one of our volunteers in the house, and have a go! There's also the safari spotting trail, how many animals will you find?