The current layout of the gardens dates from Edwardian times, when they were redesigned by Sir Edwin Lutyens (who married into the Lytton family), with avenues of pollarded lime trees.As well as the flower gardens, there is an organic walled garden and a herb garden (created on the basis of a 1907 design by Gertrude Jekyll). There is also a maze. I...more
Stately homes adopt many ways of enticing visitors with extra attractions. Adventure playgrounds, petting zoos and even safari parks are often designed to attract family groups. However, Knebworth has gone one better with a dinosaur trail in the grounds.The dinosaur statues are great fun, but there are also information boards, so it is educational...more
The exterior of the house is a Victorial gothic fantasy complete with turrets and gargoyles, but inside, evidence of the original Tudor house remain.The banqueting hall was remodelled by Sir Edwin Lutyens, but it was originally the Tudor hall, with minstrels' gallery. Look out for the welcome poem painted around the upper walls. Sir Winston...more
Inside Knebworth house you'll be able to take a look at some rooms. These include:The entrance hall and staircaseThe Dining Parlour The LibraryThis is a lovely room. Try and get one of the, very knowledgeable, guides to close both of the doors, which are backed with books and so disappear when closed.The Banqueting HallThe State Drawing RoomMrs...more
John Derry, who made the first supersonic flight in Britain in 1948. He had a distinguished and brave WWII record flying Hawker Typhoons. It was on 6 September 1948 that he flew the DH108 faster than the speed of sound. Sadly his life was cut short when flying at Farnborough. Airshow in September 1952, when his aircraft failed him during his...more
The Roman Catholic Church of St Thomas More, Knebworth, part of the Knebworth Family of Churches (KFC), built in 1936.KFC has been formed from the churches in Knebworth - St Thomas More (Roman Catholic), Trinity Church (United Reform) and St Mary’s & St Martin’s (Church of England).more
This place is a great place to take the kids, both old and young alike. Relax, have a coffee and explore the artist in you.It’s basically a mix of a pottery and an art shop, run by some friendly, lovely, local ladies.You start by picking out a piece of ready-made pottery which has no decoration on it.Then you decide how to decorate the pottery...more
St Martin's church was built in 1915 and was designed by the eminent architect Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens (1869 - 1944). Susequent changes were made in 1963/4 when the church was completed to its present design by Sir Albert Richardson (1860 - 1964). The church is Church of England by denomination.The current Rector is the very friendly Reverend...more
The Adventure Playground and Fort are great places to keep the kids amused. It's aimed at kids between 4 and 15. Slides and rope swings etc.A free courtesy vintage bus runs within the Park on Sundays and Bank Holidays between 11:00 and 16:30 and takes you to and from the Adventure Playground and the House and GardensThere is also a Miniature...more
St Mary & St Thomas of Canterbury is the Norman Parish Church of Knebworth and is the place where I got married to the lovely Nicola in 2007."St. Mary's first stood at the heart of the mediaeval village of Knebworth, the earliest record of which is in the Domesday Book. When Knebworth Park was created, most probably in the late 13th century, the...more
As you wander around the garden and grounds you will notice various wood carvings. Over the years they have sprung up more and more.There is the spectacular Deer as you enter from the café, and then keep your eyes open for a crocodile, Snow White and the seven dwarves…including the poisoned apple. Some of the carvings are free standing, but a lot...more
To keep kids and adults amused there is a part of the garden grounds which has been occupied by dinosaurs. Set in the woodland wilderness garden in a natural setting, this educational trail through prehistoric history features 72 life size sculptures of dinosaursThey looked life size to me as I wandered around and they certainly looked happy and...more
Knebworth House has been the home of the Lytton family since 1490.It was originally a genuine red-brick Late Gothic manor house, built round a central court as an open square. In 1813-16 the house was reduced to its west wing, which is the size of the building you find currently standing.It then that it was remodelled in a Tudor Gothic style by...more
The gardens feature the Lutyens - designed Pollarded Lime Avenues and Brick Garden, the Getrude Jekyll Herb garden, the Rose Garden, the Gold garden, the Victorian Maze, the re-created Walled Kitchen Garden and the Wilderness Walks, in all covering some 25 acres.The gardens are an excellent for pottering around in on a Sunday afternoon. There are...more
The Garden Terrace Room is really just a tea room (fine for tea and cakes or scones). They also do snacks in the form of jacket potatoes, soup, salad or sandwiches, but there isn't a very great range. I had a ploughman's salad (the only salad option available), which came in a cardboard box and comprised two nice sized lumps of cheddar, a large...more
Please don't be put by the sometimes lack of people in this fishy spot. It always serves up a tasty traditional fish and chips. along with the accompaniments of mushy peas and a pickled egg or gherkin.portions are generous, and so we normally just order a large fish and chip between us.more
If we're feeling lazy in the morning then we'll take the short walk up the road to Coasters cafe for breakfast.The place is really relaxing and serves various ranges of breakfasts and lunches.The staff are friendly and it's always a nice place to stop in on even for just a quick coffee and a read of the paper.more
A very decent, always friendly, local cafe.Val and her husband Roger, bought the Knebworth Village Cafe in July 2007 and renamed it Val’s Kitchen.We've popped in for a few breakfasts and lunches over the years and have never been disappointed.They do orders by phone, and many a time a friend of mine has ordered, from home, a bacon sandwich to go,...more
This is a really fun and unique food night out. Once a month, in the nearby village of Woolmer Green, Stuart runs a "Wild Food Night". he describes the night as thus..."Where you will experience some amazing local food. We have replaced 'Food air miles' with the much greener 'Landrover mile'. Be bold, be adventurous and you will be rewarded with...more
This Chinese Takeaway has gone down hill over the last few years significantly. No less than five times has my wife ordered a vegetarian dish only to find large chunks of pork or chicken in it. Apologetic are the staff and we resume to place an ordered at another time. They have messed up our order on numerous occassions and the food is no where...more
Knebworth House and its grounds have hosted some famous bands from all over the world. The first festival was back in 1974, The Bucolic Frolic, when The Allman Brothers Band attracted 60,000.Since then, it has been the scene of outdoor extravaganzas featuring Pink Floyd (1975 & 1990), The Rolling Stones & Lynyrd Skynyrd (1976), Genesis (1978, 1990...more
There aren't many pubs in Knebworth and it's a shame that this one, which is my local, is not really that nice.I've tried a few times over the years and still can't quite pin down why I don't feel relaxed in theis spot. They only time I pop in now is whilst waiting for my takeaway curry to be cooked by the local Raja Tandoori.You'd be far better...more
The station is quite small and has little in the way of amenities, although it is worth remembering that if it wasn’t for the railway “New” Knebworth would not be around as we know it today.
There is now a small cafe on site, serving up coffee and other delights to the morning commuters.
There is a direct train route, run currently by First Capital Connect, south to London Kings Cross Station (35mins), and north to Cambridge (50mins), Peterborough (60mins).
To go even further north then you only have to take the small trip to Stevenage and change to the East Coast line for routes to York (2hrs) and Newcastle (3hrs).
Because it's on the York to London route, we sometimes get an old steam train or two thundering through and you’ll get a few trainspotters and photographers with their tripods stationed at on end of the platform.
I live five minutes walk away from the station, and so it’s ideal for me to use it to take a trip into London for a day out.
This is the place to buy your daily newspaper before heading to the railway station for your daily commute.As with most newsagents these days, you will be surprised what you can buy at this small shop.It's not exactly "Open Aall Hours", 9am to 5pm most days, but then it has stiff competition from the Co-Op around the corner, and so maybe just...more
Jacksons Garage is the local Knebworth garage which also sells second-hand cars.It normally has a impressive display of motorbikes and scooters in the main window. The Royal Enfield motorbikes, both original and modern replicas, look tempting, and this is coming from a non motorbike fan like myself.more
A strange name for a shop I grant you and the garish yellow certainly gets it noticed. This shop is actually rather good in the way that it concentrates on a niche market.UPDATE: sadly this shop is no more. It closed down, to be replaced by a very decent cycle shop. It's always worth popping in to see what thjey have in the shop. They have their...more
To take a walk around the park in Knebworth is always a good thing to do. Be it to walk off a Sunday lunch, exercise the dog or take the kids up to the swings.
The recreation ground is home to Knebworth Football Club as well as Knebworth Tennis Club