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Notice: Our programme of work to conserve Knole means that in 2014 some facilities have changed. This includes the closure of our Tearoom which has been replaced with a temporary Outdoor Cafe with limited outdoor seating.

Reawakening six centuries of history at Vita Sackville-West's family home

As the bulbs start to emerge and the birds start to sing again, we’re waking up Knole for a new season of showroom opening. As you approach the house along the narrow, twisting drive, it looms large amid acres of medieval deer park.  Take in the landscape which has remained unchanged for centuries and keep your eyes peeled for our famous ancient deer herd.

In the showrooms, where the conservation team have spent the wet winter painstakingly cleaning and protecting the precious wonders of Knole’s collection, you can see the labours of their love.  Spend time taking in the grand and atmospheric rooms full of curiosities and rarities, for which Vita Sackville-West felt such affection. Catch glimpses of the start of the five-year conservation project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will see Knole’s collection protected for future generations.  Walk in the footsteps of the archbishops, Tudor monarchs and the Jacobean nobles of the Sackville family who have called Knole their home. 

In Green Court, enjoy a new year of exhibitions in the Orangery; visit our shop, with its array of keepsakes to remind you of your visit and drop in at the Estate Office where our oral history exhibition rings with the voices of those who have lived and worked at Knole since the turn of the 20th century.  Back in the park, take time to reflect on this vast place with a warm drink and a snack from our new, temporary Outdoor Café.  A day of discovery awaits you at Knole, we hope to see you soon.

Family Mondays are back

Knole offers lots of child-friendly activities on its Family Mondays © Laura Ellis

This Easter holiday Knole’s Family Mondays return, with a range of free activities for all ages in the park and courtyards. Join us for outdoor crafts and guided park walks. No need to book, just join us 11am - 3pm.

Hop on our vintage bus shuttle

The No.7 takes you to the main Knole house entrance

The No.7 takes you to the main Knole house entrance

Enjoy a vintage bus ride direct to Knole this summer from 21 June to 7 September 2014. Just £2, this hop-on, hop-off service runs on Bank Holidays 5, 26 May too.

Knole Studios: the work begins

Early proposal for the Knole conservation studio interior © National Trust

2014 sees us begin converting our medieval barn into Knole Studios and rebuilding our old Brewhouse tea-room facilities. It's an exciting phase in the Knole project: listen to how the project bid was won.

Conservation blog

The Knole conservation team look after a fragile and precious collection © Emily Watts

Knole has one of the most precious collections of furniture in the world, and looking after it is a big job. Read our blog to find out just how big.

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We welcome feedback from the Knole community of visitors and volunteers  © Tim Stubbings

Share your thoughts and pictures and get mini-updates on life at Knole on Twitter.

Join the conversation

Join in the Facebook conversation with us on KnoleNT © Nationaltrustimages

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Knole is a true treasure house. Very few historic houses preserve so completely their historic atmosphere, fewer still such an array of exceptional artefacts. Together, they contrive to tell a fully immersive story about a family and its standing in the nation.

Dr Jonathan Foyle, architectural historian and broadcaster