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Open parkland, unique woodland gardens and a walled garden.

  • 4.7

  • from 910 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.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


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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Find the garden

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 910 Google reviews

Paul Wright

2 months ago


A real gem in the National Trust collection. Worth taking one of the upstairs tours if available on your arrival, otherwise your currently restricted to ground floor only. The history of the house is fascinating, how things were covered up over the years by the family and areas mothballed, when the Trust took over and rediscovered lost ceilings and many more hidden treasures, the family members still living there at the time did not even know they were there. The formal gardens and grounds are beautiful, with magnificent views over the surrounding Devonshire countryside.

Michael and Julie Bowell

5 months ago


The gardens of Knighthayes are beautiful and comprise of woodland with various walks, lawns, formal gardens, terraced gardens and a walled kitchen garden. The colours of the spring flowers, daffodils and bluebells are stunning, all located amongst a lovely scenic setting. Highly recommend visiting, especially on a warm sunny day to fully appreciate what is here.

Lynne Brady

3 months ago


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.

Linda Naranjo-Hayakawa

4 months ago


Such a beautiful place during Spring 😍 Totally worth having a NT Membership when you discover gem like that. You can make a day out, plenty of walks and lovely little cafe with good selection of food.

Ann Ford

5 months ago


A great NT property to visit. The gardens and House definitely worth a day trip out with lots of open spaces for children to run around. Disappointing food in the cafe is the only downside... Take a picnic instead.

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01884 254665

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