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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.

Family Mondays

Knole offers lots of child-friendly activities on its Family Mondays © Laura Ellis

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.

Hop on our vintage bus shuttle

The No.7 takes you to the main Knole house entrance

The No.7 takes you to the main Knole house entrance

Enjoy a vintage bus ride direct to Knole this summer from 21 June to 7 September 2014. Just £2, this hop-on, hop-off service runs on Bank Holidays 5, 26 May too.

Knole Studios: the work begins

Early proposal for the Knole conservation studio interior © National Trust

2014 sees us begin converting our medieval barn into Knole Studios and rebuilding our old Brewhouse tea-room facilities. Listen to how this phase in the Knole project is revealing exciting details.

Conservation blog

The Knole conservation team look after a fragile and precious collection © Emily Watts

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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We welcome feedback from the Knole community of visitors and volunteers  © Tim Stubbings

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Join in the Facebook conversation with us on KnoleNT © Nationaltrustimages

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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.

Dr Jonathan Foyle, architectural historian and broadcaster