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Knebworth House - Fort Knebworth Adventure Playground

Old Knebworth Lane, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX

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Opening Times (March - September)

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    • Please contact the venue to make sure the venue is open on the day you plan to visit.
    • Last admission is 1:.00.


  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Knebworth.


  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located around the perimeter of Fort Knebworth Adventure Playground.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 0 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are grass.
    • The car park surface is loose chippings.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the venue leading from the Knebworth House entry road.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 360cm (11ft 10in).

Outside Access (Alternate Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the side of the venue leading from the Knebworth House entrance road.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 360cm (11ft 10in).

Outside Access (Alternate Entrance To The Rear)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the exit road from Knebworth House.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 360cm (11ft 10in).

Fort Knebworth Adventure Playground

  • Fort Knebworth is a large adventure playground in the shape of an old fort.
  • There are several entrances to the fort with opening widths from 100cm to 170cm. See Photograph 1 and 2 for the two larger entrances.
  • The fort is made up of various slides, ropes, cargo nets, swings, walkways and an obstacle course.
  • There are several level changes within the fort with many ramps/slopes and steps.
  • The surface of the ground is mainly wood chip, which is soft under foot.
  • There is a selection of equipment suitable for disabled visitors, including a nest swing, Inclusive Orbit (a roundabout with its own wheelchair station) a water play area, Gravity Bowl and loudspeakers.

Four Person Slide

  • The four person slide has multiple lanes and is suitable for young visitors.
  • The slide is quite steep and is raised in areas that would potentially fasten the speed.
  • Access up to the slide is via a steep hill and steps.

Corkscrew Slide

  • The corkscrew slide is next to the four person slide and has two different slides to use (corkscrew and vertical).
  • Access up to the slides is via 15+ deep steps, with a handrail on the right going up.

Bouncy Castle

  • There is a bouncy castle in the grounds. This may not be suitable for wheelchair users of a person with mobility impairments.

Picnic Area

  • The Picnic Area has several covered picnic shelters as shown in photographs 1, 2 and 3.
  • The tables in the covered shelter have a height of 74cm.
  • The picnic area surrounds Fort Knebworth.
  • The benches are located on a grassed area and may be on a slope due to the ground.

Fort Knebworth Refreshment Area

  • The refreshment kiosk is to the rear of Fort Knebworth and has a serving hatch which is 105cm in height.
  • The kiosk serves hot and cold snacks and drinks during opening hours.
  • There are several picnic benches to the left of the kiosk, with a height of 74cm.
  • The ground surrounding the area is grass with some uneven surfaces.

Play Area Surrounding Fort Knebworth

  • The play area skirts around the edges of Fort Knebworth.
  • There is a zip wire, obstacle course and many children’s play equipment.
  • The ground surface is mainly grass with several uneven sections and some easy to moderate slopes.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in Fort Knebworth, in the corner near the slide.
    • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 165cm x 220cm (5ft 5in x 7ft 3in).
    • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are non-infectious waste and waste paper pedal bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • There is a poor colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 82cm (2ft 8in).

Level Change (Accessible Toilet)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 107cm (3ft 6in).

Standard Toilet(s)

Level Change (Standard Female and Male Toilets)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • The assistance dog toilet area is located in the grounds.
  • Comments View
    • Admission has to be paid to the site at the payment booth as you enter the site unless you are visiting for a private function.