Kent's last medieval deer park is home to a herd of about 500 deer. They're descendants of those hunted by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I and have very little fear of humans. They have plenty to eat in the park throughout the year so please don't feed them.
Join us for volunteer-led guided walks at 2pm on Thursdays and Saturdays in the spring. Check our events page for details. Dogs on leads welcome.
A flat route based on the deer park walk, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Deer park walk
Our deer park walk takes you around the open spaces in the south of the park.
This walk takes you through some of Knole's wooded areas and plantations.
Knole to Ightham walk
Did you know you can visit two of England’s most important historic houses on a 4-mile, almost straight route? The Greensand Way links Knole and Ightham Mote via One Tree Hill, famous for its sweeping views over the Weald of Kent.
Join our weekly walkers
Every Thursday morning, join a group of local people on an hour's easy walk through the park.
More about the park
The herd at Knole is mostly made up of fallow and the Japanese sika deer. The fallows were introduced into Britain by the Romans, and hunted for sport. The sika deer were brought into parks during the 17th century, and to Knole in the 19th.
The 15th-century deer park comprises ancient woodland, dry heathland, acid grassland and wood pasture: the result of centuries of constant park management. Many features of the original wild forest, which once stretched across southern Britain, survive here.
The ice house
Before refrigerators, ice houses stored ice in the summertime. The one at Knole is at least 200 years old. People found that meat and other foods could be kept fresh by being packed in ice, especially when it is protected by walls insulated by the earth.
Special Scientific Interest
Natural England designates certain areas as important for wildlife. Knole Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), mainly for its important deadwood invertebrates such as beetles and woodlice.