Today we visited Knebworth House which is just off of the A1M near Stevenage. Its really well signed and easy to find. Knebworth tends to open mainly on the weekends, bank holidays and school holidays, so if you are planning a visit check their website for up to date opening times. I would highly recommend Knebworth for all ages. It is very family friendly and there is easily enough to do to fill a whole day.
It has a variety of different areas of garden, from formal styles to woodland areas and even a maze with a gorilla in the middle. There are various sculptures and wood carvings to look at on your walk too.
The gardens lead you to one of the things that makes Knebworth special. A forest full of Prehistoric creatures and dinosaurs. There are fibreglass models of over 20 different dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures like mammoths and sabre tooth tigers. Each one has an information board with facts about them and at the end of the trail there is a sound board which has a handle you turn to listen to the sounds of some of the dinos.
If you are feeling artistic there is a chalk board you can use to draw a dino and a brass rubbing area for dino rubbings too.
We then explored the house which you have to do on a guided tour which lasts approx one hour. It was good and interesting but a little bit long winded for the kids so i'd probably recommend it for slightly older kids and adults.The house itself was great for the kids to look at as it is decorated with loads of turrets and gargoyles etc.
As you leave this area there is a good little shop which mainly stocks dinosaur themed items and a small restaurant. You then drive down towards the exit which leads you to the adventure playground. There is loads to do here for all ages of children, from bouncy castles to water play, swings, climbing frames, a wooden play fort and the highlight - slides.
And not just any old slldes but a long astroslide, a corkscrew slide and a freefall slide. The kids , David in particular loved the freefall slide and went on it in excess of 20 times. He also made me go on it 6 times. It was terrifying but in a good way !! I Would recommend giving it at least one go.
A good family fun day out.