Knole Park

Kent's last medieval deer park

Spot the deer in the bracken at Knole Park in Sevenoaks, Kent

Spot the deer in the bracken at Knole Park in Sevenoaks, Kent

Kent's last medieval deer park is home to a herd of about 400 deer. They're descendants of those hunted by Henry VIII 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 short guided walks at 2pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  Check our events page for details. Dogs on leads welcome.

Accessible walk

There's lots to see on our all-ability walk © NT N. B-Peach

A flat route based on the deer park walk, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Deer park walk

Sunrise and sunset in Knole Park are a favourite time with photographers © Martin Havens

Our deer park walk takes you around the open spaces in the south of the park.

Woodland walk

Knole has ancient trees and managed plantations, on an SSSI © Jonathan Sargant

This walk takes you through some of Knole's wooded areas and plantations.

Knole to Ightham walk

Signpost to One Tree Hill on the Knole to Ightham trail © Jonathan Sargant

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

Weekly health walks take place at a number of National Trust properties © Walking for Health / Natural England

Every Thursday morning, join a group of local people on an hour's easy walk through the park.

Virtual geocaching

Try Knole's virtual geocache trail this summer © National Trust

Geocaching's a different kind of treasure hunt: If you have a handheld GPS system, why not try our  Virtual geocache trail. Instead of hidden boxes, you'll find some unusual and interesting things around the park near the house...look up the answers here.

Virtual geocaching

Fun for all the family in Knole park © John Millar

Geocaching's a different kind of treasure hunt: If you have a handheld GPS system, why not try our  Virtual geocache trail. Instead of hidden boxes, you'll find some unusual and interesting things around the park near the house...look up the answers here.

Activities in Knole Park

Knole deer love the sunshine and often graze in groups near the house

Knole deer love the sunshine and often graze in groups near the house

Knole's a grand place for walkers of all ages and abilities, whatever the weather. Explore on your own with one of our downloadable trails on this page. Or check our events page for guided walks in the park.

More about the park

The deer

A buck at Knole tries to attract females by grunting © Jonathan Sargant

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 park

Dewponds are a feature of ancient, non-landscaped parkland © Jonathan Sargant

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

Descendents of the medieval herd, by the ice-house in the park at Knole © Jonathan Sargant

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

Descendents of the medieval herd, by the ice-house in the park at Knole © Barbara Taylor

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. 

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