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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.

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.

 

Witchmarks discovery

Archaeologists have discovered witchmarks under floorboards in our Upper King's Room. They've been able to precisely date the marks to 1606, linking them to King James I and the Gunpowder Plot.

Christmas is coming

Knole comes alive at christmas with events in the Great Hall © National Trust

As nights draw in and the temperature drops, we're starting to feel festive. Why not take a look at our Christmas events programme where you'll find something for all the family.

Wintery park walks

Some young fallow deer attempting to find grass under the snow at Knole © Knole

Frosty mornings and misty nights mean our parkland takes on a whole new persona over the winter. The car park and Outdoor Cafe are open daily (except 24/25 Dec) so wrap up warm and visit.

Festive feasts

The holly is only for decoration © ©NTPL/Nadia Mackenzie

Take yourself back to 1500. Imagine the household buzzing with anticipation for the impending arrival of the archbishop arriving for the holiday season...

  • 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

    We've got a range of events to take you through to Christmas, from carols to storytelling.

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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