Knebworth House and Park mean many things to many people. Here in the 21st Century, Knebworth Park is best known worldwide as Britain's largest music venue, however in the days before rock concerts Knebworth House was known as the home of the Victorian novelist, playwright and politician, Edward Bulwer Lytton.
Music, literature and politics have featured throughout Knebworth's history.
Every generation of the Lytton family has woven thread in the extraordinary tapestry of cultural and social history that is represented here.
As the 19th generation of the Lytton family to live at Knebworth, we invite you to join our extraordinary guest book that stretches all the way from Queen Elizabeth I to Queen Elizabeth II. Whether this is your first visit or you've visited us many times before... welcome to our much loved family home.
Home of the Lytton family for over 500 years, Knebworth was transformed in 1843 from a red brick Tudor house into a veritable feast of gothic turrets, gargoyles and griffins, by poet-statesman Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Nowadays Knebworth is most well known as venue for huge rock concerts, but on quieter days throughout the spring and summer you can wander in peace around the 25 acres of grounds, or the varied stately public rooms of this lived-in home.
16th century gardens were largely transformed in Victorian, and again in Edwardian, times, and since the 1980s have again been treated to a programme of restoration and development. You will find quite a range of garden features, from the traditional to the not-so: a sunken lawn with pollarded limes, formal walled gardens, Victorian statuary, sprawling shrub roses, a maze, a gold garden, woodland walks, a pet cemetery, and a dino trail...