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Knebworth House - Park and Gardens

Old Knebworth Lane, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX

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Opening Times

  • Monday 11:00 - 17:00.
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 17:00.
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 17:00.
  • Thursday 11:00 - 17:00.
  • Friday 11:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday 11:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday 11:00 - 17:00.

Location

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

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located at the front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 3 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 27m (29yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 37m (40yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • 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 loose chippings.
    • 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.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The Blue Badge bays are not marked out but are clearly marked with a sign.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located next to the gift shop and tea rooms.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 260cm (8ft 6in).

Access Around the Gardens

  • The paths are mainly loose chippings with some paved sections along the route. The widths of the paths vary from 90cm up to 300cm.
  • The paths are uneven in many places and the ground is an easy to moderate gradient.
  • Some of the paths have steps to navigate, some with handrails and some without.
  • There are several benches throughout the grounds.

Maze

  • The maze has an entrance on both sides with the front entrance having a double gate with one locked leaf measuring 80cm in width that is held open and the rear entrance having a single gate measuring 77cm in width that opens towards you (pull).
  • The maze is mainly level with some seating around the edges.
  • There is a mixture of block paving, grass and loose chippings within the maze.
  • The width of the path varies from 90cm to 150cm throughout the maze.

Woodland Walk

  • The Woodland Walk is between the maze and the Dinosaur Trail.
  • There is an open gated entrance which is shown in photograph 1. The width of the opening is 160cm.
  • The woodland trail has many paths which are uneven in parts, with some easy to moderate slopes.

Dinosaur Trail

  • The dinosaur trail is after the Woodland Walk and has an entrance leading from the pathway.
  • The entrance is double gates which measure 200cm in width and are held open.
  • There are several paths leading around the trail with some seating along the way.
  • The paths vary in width from 100cm to 350cm and are mainly made up of compact earth, mud and loose chipping surfaces.
  • There is several uneven areas and easy to moderate slopes throughout.

Pond

  • The pond has paths made up of compacted earth, mud, loose chippings and wooden.
  • The width of the paths vary from 100cm to 250cm, with several uneven sections and easy to moderate slopes along the way.

Walled Garden

  • The walled garden entrance is 150cm in width and through a brick archway.
  • The paths in the walled garden are mainly block paving with some paths loose chippings.
  • The width of the path varies from 110cm to 160cm.
  • The paths are uneven in places and there are some easy to moderate slopes throughout.

Sunken Garden

  • The sunken garden is in front of Knebworth House and can be accessed via 6 steps which are 17cm in depth with no handrail (photograph 6).
  • There is a walkway after the steps leading through the sunken garden (photograph 7). The path is over 150cm in width and is made up of loose chippings.
  • Throughout the sunken garden there are several easy to moderate slopes and uneven surfaces.

Rose Garden

  • The rose garden is opposite the sunken garden in a mainly grassy area with several uneven surfaces and some easy to moderate slopes.

Parks And Gardens

  • The parks and gardens are spread out throughout the grounds.
  • The paths vary with several different surfaces such as loose chippings, compact earth, block paving and mud. The path width varies from 100cm to 350cm.
  • There are several uneven surfaces and easy to moderate slopes throughout.

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 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in front of the car park before the entrance.
    • 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 outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 260cm (4ft 11in x 8ft 6in).
    • There is 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 66cm (2ft 2in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is 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 female sanitary and waste paper pedal bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not 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 a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • 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.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Level Change (Accessible Toilet and Standard Female Toilets)

  • 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 easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 130cm (4ft 3in).

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in front of the car park before the entrance.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 27m (29yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the standard female and male toilets.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the baby change facility.

Level Change (Standard 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.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • 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.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not available in large print.
  • 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 throughout 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.