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Knightshayes

Open parkland, unique woodland gardens and a walled garden.

  • 4.7

  • from 851 Google reviews

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About the garden

Knightshayes features a collection of different landscapes at very different scales, from the 250 acres of parkland and woodland to the 25 acres of formal and woodland gardens, down to 2.5 acres in the organic walled garden.

There is plenty to see in each of the areas, as the estate has been meticulously planned over years - with the formal garden the vision of Sir John and Lady Heathcoat Amory. Wander through these woodland glades and terraces to discover a diverse collection of woodland species in ‘the country’s only garden in the wood’. In the wider estate, there is an extensive collection of enormous and charismatic trees, scattered across the parkland - it’s perfect for exploring with the family (especially for dog-lovers!).

The organic walled garden continues to be productive, following the Victorian ethos of experimentation and development of new plant cultivars. It is home to more than 150 types of heritage tomatoes and many more rare varieties, such as ochre can be found growing in the garden.

Opening times

1 March - 31 October: 10am - 5pm 1 Nov - 28 Feb: 10am - 4pm Closed 24 - 26 December For evening opening and special events refer to garden's website.

Useful details

Garden area

250 Acres

Dog walking

undefined Yes - dogs on leads - Dogs are welcome in the parkland and woodland year round, however they must be on a lead in fields with livestock and under control at all times. Dogs on leads are welcome in the formal garden during winter only.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant.

Family

Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).

Shops

Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. Yes, please ask at Visitor Reception on arrival.

Devon, EX16 7RQ

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Knightshayes
Devon
EX16 7RQ
Sat Nav Postcode
EX16 7RQ
Public Transport
Dartline 398, Tiverton to Dulverton, alight Bolham, ¾ mile walk.
Otherwise Tiverton Parkway train station; Exeter to Tiverton (passing close Exeter Central train station), alight Tiverton 1¾ miles.
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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 851 Google reviews

Pamela Stocks

a year ago

5

My grandfather and his brothers had worked in this garden in the early 1900's before WW1 so I have a personal interest. I grew up on the produce of my grandfathers' gardens, that was in part inspired by that. Learning about the garden is helping to put meat on the bones of several of my ancestors as well as it being a thoroughly delightful place to visit.

Lynne Brady

2 weeks ago

5

Beautiful house set in amazing garden's. A real gem of mid Devon. Lot's of interesting artifacts to observe on your tour of the house. The national trust staff where very knowledgeable and gave us great insight into the history of the house. We'll worth the time to visit if your in this area.

Suzanne Taylor

3 months ago

4

The setting is stunning. Staff in the house were very knowledgeable about the history and details in each room. Cafe menu choice limited but high quality. Too wet today for the gardens but we will revisit as they look amazing.

Peter Wilson

3 years ago

5

We really like Knightshayes - we've been visiting on our way back home from holidays in Cornwall since our children, all now in their 30s, were small. The house is a spectacular Victorian extravaganza, the gardens are much improved over the years and the kitchen gardens are a triumph of recent years and now a must for us. Only the cafe is slightly disappointing. It is adequate but somehow lacks imagination and flair. The space it uses contributes to that.

Paul Santoro-Hall

2 months ago

4

Nice gardens but a lot of the areas were closed off. The house was quite nice though and definatly worth a visit. Some really interesting history to the ceiling that you should ask about.

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01884 254665

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