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Find Inspiration and Intrigue at Knightshayes Court & Gardens

Nestled in the rolling Devon countryside near Tiverton, the Gothic Revival mansion of Knightshayes Court provides a window into Victorian high society. Visitors can admire ornate interiors designed by eminent tastemaker William Burges, follow woodland trails, and discover stories of the Heathcoat-Amory family who called Knightshayes home for over 100 years.

With landscaped gardens and imagination-sparking spaces for kids, Knightshayes Court offers inspiration, beauty and intrigue waiting to be revealed behind its castellated walls. Here’s your complete guide to visiting this National Trust treasure.

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Getting There

Knightshayes sits just outside Bolham, a small village 3 miles from Tiverton. Well signed just off the A361 Tiverton to Barnstaple road, there is ample free parking within the grounds.

By Car

It takes just 10 minutes to drive to Knightshayes from Tiverton town centre. Simply follow the signs from the A361 through Bickleigh Village.

Public Transport

While less convenient, you can catch the 155 bus from Tiverton towards Barnstaple and alight at Bolham bus stop, leaving a 1 mile woodland walk to Knightshayes

Opening Times and Prices

The house and gardens are open from mid-February to October:

  • Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

The estate remains open year-round for walking. Check the website for seasonal variations before visiting.

Entry prices are:

  • Adults £14
  • Children £7
  • Family £35
  • National Trust Members Free

Guided tours must be pre-booked as spaces are limited. Non-members can pay donation only in winter.

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The Mansion House

Step inside the imposing mansion to appreciate ornate architectural details in rooms designed by William Burges:

  • Gothic grandeur – Intricate stone carvings adorning the exterior and interior.
  • Stunning staterooms – Elaborate decorative schemes and furnishings.
  • Intimate family rooms – Providing a glimpse into daily life at Knightshayes across the decades.

Costumed room guides share stories of the house’s creators and inhabitants, bringing the rooms to life.

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Gardens and Arboretum

The mature 150 acre gardens provide tranquil spaces to meander and admire horticulture:

  • Formal gardens – With ornamental ponds, temples and fragrant borders.
  • Walled kitchen garden – Traditional veg plots and fruit arches.
  • National Plant Collection – Rare trees and shrubs.
  • Woodland walks – Miles of scenic trails.
  • New accessible routes – Making areas wheelchair friendly.

Children will love scampering through wooded groves on the Wild Wood adventure trail.

Family Activities

Kids are kept engaged through:

  • Nature explorer backpacks.
  • Costumes for role playing knights and princesses.
  • Garden discovery trails and quizzes.
  • Regular family event days.
  • Teddy bear adventures for toddlers.

Interactive exhibits like the talking piano in the Music Room spark creative imagination and inspire awe.

daffodils at knightshayes

Visitor Facilities

The Restaurant serves hot dishes and cakes with indoor and courtyard seating. The Kiosk offers light lunches.

The Shop showcases beautiful gifts and souvenirs as well as everyday essentials and ice creams. Family rooms provide an area for picnics.

Beautifully preserved Knightshayes Court allows you to immerse yourself in vivacious Victorian aesthetics surrounded by Gothic architectural grandeur. Plan a day of inspiration and discovery.

cafe at knightshayes

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Knightshayes wheelchair accessible? – Yes, the house is well laid out and accessible. Most of the gardens are level and can be accessed, but watch out for some slopes

Are dogs allowed at Knightshayes? – Dogs are not allowed in the house (except for guide dogs). Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the gardens.

Is parking free? – Yes, the parking is free at Knightshayes Court.

Nearby Attractions

  • World of Country Life – Indoor attraction in Exmouth providing a fun and educational glimpse into 19th century rural life through recreated shops, cottages and craft demonstrations. See farm animals and enjoy tractor rides.
  • A La Ronde – Unique 16-sided historic house in Exmouth built in the late 18th century featuring hand-painted wallpapers, elaborate fretwork, and quirky collections. Offers guided tours and peaceful gardens.
  • Killerton House – Grand 18th century manor with expansive grounds, gardens, and historic interiors. Guided tours share stories and folklore. Highlights include the state bedchamber and costume collection.
  • Powderham Castle – A 600-year-old castle near Exeter with extensive gardens and a deer park. Offers guided tours of the intriguing rooms and knowledge of the resident Earl.
  • Crealy Adventure Park – Family theme park with over 60 rides and attractions including rollercoasters, water rides, animals and indoor playgrounds. Something for all ages.
  • Bicton Park Botanical Gardens – Stunning ornamental gardens spanning over 300 years of horticultural history. Glasshouses, woodland walks, play area and railway for kids.
  • Beer Quarry Caves – Subterranean manmade caves used for mining Beer stone since Roman times. Guided tours explore the fascinating caverns with underground lakes.
  • Pecorama – Quirky miniature world with model railways, gardens and exhibitions. Ride the narrow gauge train and enjoy the scenic grounds.

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