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Group visits to Knightshayes

Two senior visitors look at the flower borders in front of red brick Knightshayes House
Summer blooms in the borders at Knightshayes | © Tony Cobley

Want to visit Knightshayes as a group? Whether you’re part of a club or society, a school group or a registered travel company, we can accommodate you and will do our best to make your experience as enjoyable as possible. On this page, you'll find everything you need to plan a group visit, from prices to the benefits you might receive.

Why visit Knightshayes as a group?

Knightshayes is the perfect destination for groups. You and your group can explore 30 acres of formal and woodland gardens, along with a fully productive kitchen garden and a fascinating Gothic Revival mansion.

We recommend that large groups split into smaller sizes, rotating between exploring the garden and looking around the house, before swapping over. We recommend you allow at least three hours to explore Knightshayes.

If your group want to enter the house, you will be asked to split into groups of 6-8 and asked to stagger your entrance times to prevent over-crowding.

A volunteer talks to visitors at Wightwick Manor, West Midlands
Intro talk to visitors | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart


We have a designated parking area, close to reception, for coaches and people with reduced mobility. There is also a buggy service, which runs when volunteers are available and runs between reception and the forecourt of the house. We have two manual wheelchairs that can be pre-booked, if required please include the details on your booking form.

Read our access guide.

Eating and drinking

Visit our award-winning Stables Café, which is supplied with fresh organic produce from the kitchen garden. The Stables Café is open daily, with last orders 10 miuntes before closing. A selection of hot and cold lunches are served between 11.30am and 2.30pm. Vegetarian options are also included.

Group of people dining in the restaurant at Knightshayes, Devon
There is plenty of seating for those seeking refreshments | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Free familiarisation visits for group leaders

If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at

Who is eligible for free entry?

Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.

Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.

Make an enquiry

To make an enquiry, please email with details of the date of your visit and the size of your group. A member of the reception team will get back to you.

For further information, email us or telephone 01884 257381.

Overseas visitors

If you need a guide for the house in French, German or Dutch, please let us know when making your enquiry.

Benefits for groups

If you visit Knightshayes as a group, you’ll be entitled to some or all of the following benefits:

  • Complimentary admission for a group leader who wants to pay a familiarisation visit
  • Complimentary admission for one group leader on day of visit
  • Discounted admission for groups of 15 people or more
  • Allocated arrival time
The exterior of the house at Knightshayes with the garden in front

Discover more at Knightshayes

Find out when Knightshayes is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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Visiting the garden at Knightshayes 

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Eating and shopping at Knightshayes 

Grab a bite to eat and drink in the Stables Café, or browse the range of goods in our shop. You'll find all the details here.

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The history of Knightshayes 

Delve into over 200 years of history at Knightshayes. Discover the Heathcoat-Amory family history, how the house and garden was designed and developed, and Knightshayes’s sad connections with the Second World War.

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Our work in the garden at Knightshayes 

The walled kitchen garden, home to a vast collection of crops, is a gardener’s delight. Find out about the work the team does to care for it, and the other areas of the garden.

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Education group membership 

If you’re planning educational group visits to National Trust places, then you could benefit from education group membership, giving you free admission for a year.

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Touring Pass 

If you're travelling to the UK from overseas this year, buy a National Trust Touring Pass for entry to more than 300 places in our care. With 7-day and 14-day options available, the pass can be tailored to fit your trip. Discover where you can visit with the Touring Pass and how to buy yours.

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Group visits frequently asked questions 

Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.