Thursday, 23 August 2012

Knebworth House and gardens

This is a real favourite with the boys! Not so much the house (yet, although Reuben did express an interest) but the gardens with the maze and dinosaur park.

From their website ( One of England's most beloved stately homes, Knebworth House is famous worldwide for its rock concerts and as the home of Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton - author of the words "The pen is mightier than the sword" - this beautiful Gothic mansion is situated 29 miles north of London off the A1(M) at Stevenage.

Isaac spots baby t-rex

Running around the bandstand


One of the gorgeous Knebworth carvings, for sale, a modest 15k!

Running down the hill

The name Knebworth is familiar to me for the rock concerts (Led Zep anyone?) so I was very surprised to find that the house and gardens are open during the Summer and there's a lot for children to do. There is an adventure playground at one end of the grounds with a miniature railway but the boys weren't really interested. What they loved was the top part of the grounds with the house nestled in like a fairy tale castle. The cafe is good and we had a nice lunch there, we got lost in the maze, ran up and down hills, enjoyed the gorgeous carvings scattered round the gardens and of course loved the dinosaur park which looks a bit like a zoo but with dinosaurs... statues of course!

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