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Walk among wonders in the showrooms that inspired novelist Vita Sackville-West
When you arrive, you'll find yourself transported back in time as you weave through the ancient bracken which covers many of the parkland's 1000 acres. Reach the brow of the hill and one of the country’s biggest houses is revealed, nestled among trees and surrounded by deer, with acres of roof, an array of chimneys, towers and facades.
People have been visiting Knole for centuries. So when you step inside the showrooms you’ll be walking in the footsteps of archbishops, monarchs and nobles. From the Great Hall with its imposing carved screen, up the formal painted stairs to the atmospheric long galleries and rooms, discover features for which Vita Sackville-West felt such affection. Spot famous faces among the portraits in the Brown Gallery, and admire Knole’s internationally important furniture collection. Catch glimpses of the start of our five-year conservation project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will see Knole’s collection protected for centuries to come.
Back in the park, enjoy a drink and a snack from our temporary outdoor café. Make the most of your day in the grounds where you can see work starting on our new conservation studio and refurbished Brewhouse Café, opening in 2015.
Knole’s Family Mondays return this season, 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.
Knole Studios: the work begins
2014 sees us begin converting our medieval barn into Knole Studios and rebuilding our old Brewhouse tea-room facilities. Listen to the Knole project team reveal exciting details.
We've a treasure trove of Knole stories, with more being added all the time.
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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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.