Knebworth park and gardens is really great with a play area which has something for everyone, but it gets extra points because even though the estate is vast, you can actually take your car with you as you move from the adventure land to the main house and gardens with the dinosaur trail!!!
As you enter the estate, you come across the adventure playground first, quite close to the entrance, so just park your car and get amazed at the scale of the play area. We went to the slides first. I kid you not these are the longest ones I have seen around our area. We have couldn’t do the drop tunnel slide as my son was not the right height yet, but I am so glad secretly he wasn’t , because that thing gave me a scare (and I normally don’t chicken out).
Basically there is a vertical drop into an underground slide which is not visible but you come out the other end (yikes). However, We really enjoyed the curly slide (ofcourse I went with him 🤣) and the long wavy slides (though they weren’t very fast and were HOT).
We went to the fort next, which is a climbers paradise. The fort itself is an enclosed wooden play area with slides, wobbly bridges, tunnels, logs, tyres and multi-levels for climbing and imaginative play. Outside of the fort, there are other climbing frames for toddlers and older children, and other cool play equipment with picnic benches dotted around them. You can sit down and let your children do their thing. Watch the video on instagram HERE to get a flavour for the place, as these pictures don’t do justice to it
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It also has a little water area with the usual pump and dam but also two water fountains which only squirt water if you sit on the sea saw. For a big family it should be ok, but it was just me and my son, so we both had to sit to make it work. Problem being as soon as the water starting coming out, my son would want to get off the sea saw to enjoy the slurge,which would stop it he fountains, so he was a bit disappointed (what fun in water play if you don’t get wet🤣)
We had ice lollies from the cafe and then got into our car to drive to the main gardens and dinosaur trail. If you prefer, you could walk through the park (15-20 min walk)
Throughout the 28 acre formal gardens, there are beautiful wooden sculptures, some with polite notices not to climb on them. We started off with the maze, which is not at the scale of Blenheim palace and easily doable as the hedges are waist height, so you can actually see the paths through. After the wilderness walk, we headed to the dinosaur trail. At the entry was a chalkboard with a buckets of chalk and sponges, which my son and other children loved using.
The dinosaur trail boasts of 72 life sized from the familiar T-Rex and stegosaurus to the less well known ones (Elasmosaurus, anyone?). There are informative boards with all dinosaurs, which made it educational.the models are good enough but they don’t move or make any sound, which makes them unrealistic (lol!!! Imagine saying that about a model). There was a separate windup soundbox, but it wasn’t working.
Apart from that, you will find some other prehistoric creatures, like mammoths, wolves and a family of Neanderthals near the exit.
We didn’t get the house tickets as the age Ay is in, its just a waste of money for us. May be when he’s older!
🗺 Address: SG1 2AX
🎟 Entrance fee applies (please see website)
RHS/HH Members admitted free of charge on weekdays but not valid for weekends, events or bank holidays. See the RHS handbook for details
📅 Different activities continue throughout the season (please see WEBSITE for more details)
🚘 Free parking
🧺 Bring picnic (lots of benches under trees)
🦽 Buggy accessible mostly
🐕 Dogs on leads welcome in Knebworth Park, but are not permitted in the House, Gardens, Dinosaur Trail or inside Fort Knebworth.