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More of a town than a house: six hundred years of history
Nestled in a medieval deer-park, Knole is vast, complex and full of hidden treasures. Originally an Archbishop’s palace, the house passed through royal hands to the Sackville family – Knole’s inhabitants from 1603 to today. Inside the show rooms, art lovers will find Reynolds, Gainsborough and Van Dyck to admire. Textiles enthusiasts can marvel at the 17th-century tapestries and furniture that make the collection internationally significant.
Our project to conserve Knole continues with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. With external repairs complete, the next phase is to open a new Bookshop Café and visitor welcome centre for 2015, while we continue to build a world-class conservation studio and painstakingly conserve the show rooms. When the house closes for the winter months, enjoy Knole's ancient parkland from the Outdoor Café, which is open all year round.
Christmas is coming
As nights draw in and the temperature drops, we're starting to feel festive. Why not take a look at our Christmas events programme where you'll find something for all the family.
Wintery park walks
Frosty mornings and misty nights mean our parkland takes on a whole new persona over the winter. The car park and Outdoor Cafe are open daily (except 24/25 Dec) so wrap up warm and visit.
Take yourself back to 1500. Imagine the household buzzing with anticipation for the impending arrival of the archbishop arriving for the holiday season...
Our Showrooms might be shut but there's plenty to do in Green Court and the park
See the precious collection our conservation team work so far to protect over the winter months.<...
We've got a range of events to take you through to Christmas, from carols to storytelling.
The Knole Project
Work continues on the largest project in Knole's history. We're currently converting our barn into a conservation studio and renovating our tea-room, with more changes to follow in the coming years.