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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.

In 2012, we began a project to conserve Knolewith the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. With external repairs complete, the next phase is to build a world-class conservation studio and painstakingly conserve the show rooms. In many ways, this year, you will see more of Knole than ever before, as archaeologists search beneath floorboards and conservators decipher the marks of six centuries of history. It's never been a better time to get to know Knole. 

50 things at Knole

Complete a challenge from Knole's 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4

There's no better time than autumn to enjoy the outdoors and complete a challenge from Knole's '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4'.

Autumn colours

Knole Spangled Bed textile showing the difference light exposure makes

Come and enjoy the best of Knole's vibrant autumn colours in the house and parkland.

Useful information

  • Come to Knole in the autumn to enjoy the changing colours of the parkland © Hannah Taylor

    Park walks

    Choose a walk

  • What's on

    Search our events schedule including family activities taking place over the coming months.

  • Collections online

    Plan your must-see list from Knole's collection of rare furniture and silver.

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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