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Knebworth House, Gardens & Park, Knebworth, Hertfordshire

Knebworth House, Gardens & Park

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Home of the Lytton family since 1490, and still a lived-in family house. Transformed in early Victorian times by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the author, poet, dramatist and statesman, into the unique high gothic fantasy house of today. Historically home to Constance Lytton, the Suffragette, and her father, Robert Lytton, the Viceroy of India who proclaimed Queen Victoria Empress of India at the Great Delhi Durbar of 1877. Visited by Queen Elizabeth I, Charles Dickens and Sir Winston Churchill. The interior contains various styles including the Jacobean Banqueting Hall, a unique example of the 17th century change in fashion from traditional English to Italian Palladian. The high gothic State Drawing Room by John Crace contrasts with the Regency elegance of Mrs Bulwer-Lytton's bedroom and the 20th century designs of Sir Edwin Lutyens in the Entrance Hall, Dining Parlour and Library.

28 acres of beautiful gardens, simplified by Lutyens, including pollarded lime avenues, formal rose garden, maze, Gertrude Jekyll herb garden and the walled kitchen garden. The popular Dinosaur Trail is set in the Wilderness Walk where 72 life-size dinosaurs can be found grazing amongst the rhododendrons and redwoods. 250 Acres of parkland, with herds of red and sika deer, includes children's giant adventure playground. Special events throughout the year


Nearest UK Airport: Luton
Tourist Info Number: +44 (0)1438 812 661
Months Open: End March - September
Discount for Groups: Yes
Contact Name for Groups: Charlotte Nichol/Julie Loughlin
Admission Price: 12 (adults) 11.50 Senior Citizens & Children
Catering: Licensed Tea Room

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