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Notice: Our ongoing programme of building and conservation work means that throughout 2015 we will continue to serve refreshments from our Outdoor Cafe, with outdoor seating area. The Brewhouse Cafe will reopen in 2016.

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.

 

Dog walking at Knole

Just a short walk away from Sevenoaks town centre, Knole has over 1000 acres of parkland perfect for you and your dog. Here's some inspiration for your next scamper.

January opening

Light bites and drinks are offered at Knole’s Outdoor Cafe in 2014 © Annabel Evans

Our car park, parkland and Outdoor Cafe are open every day of the year (except 24 and 25 December) for a walk along ancient pathways followed by a warm refreshment.

Half term planning

Knole Park is a great place to have a picnic © John Miller

It might seem a way off, but it's never too early to start making plans for the next school holiday. February half term will see the return of our popular Family Mondays, with free activities for all ages.

  • What's open

    Our Showrooms might be shut but there's plenty to do in Green Court and the park

  • Collections online

    See the precious collection our conservation team work so far to protect over the winter months

  • What's on

    With a new year comes a new programme of events catering for all ages and interests

The Knole Project

Construction work in the Brewhouse tea-rooms © Martin Havens

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.

Find us on Facebook

Join the conversation on our Facebook page  © Antony Crolla

Visited the show rooms, sat in Green Court or run through the Gallops? Share your stories and be part of the conversation on our Facebook page.

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