Plan your visit to Knole this autumn
Time to welcome autumn in all its multi-hued glory. See the house bathed in a warm glow, with pools of colour from the stained glass windows splashed across the historic rooms and corridors. Pre-book your visit and see the vast collection within the showrooms and the gatehouse tower, explore the parkland as the leaves turn and enjoy the view from the Brewhouse Café roof with your favourite drink.
Visit the showrooms at Knole House
Explore all the showrooms this autumn and see the collection in a different light. Start your journey in the Great Hall and make your way up the Great Staircase, following the 500 years of history along the Brown Gallery. We've got fun for all the family with a treasure trail in the house and inspiration outside for how to make the most of your autumn walk. If you would like to know about the conservation of this house and its collection, pick up a multi-media guide from the Visitor Centre to be your companion around the showrooms. To look after our special collection, we ask that you please do not bring large bags into the house with you. We have lockers on offer as you walk into Green Court.
Your ticket also grants you entry into the gatehouse tower, the rooms of Edward Sackville-West, 5th Baron Sackville. This includes his bedroom and music room, and if you fancy climbing all 77 steps of the steep, spiral staircase, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of Knole.
We are limiting numbers in the house to 100 at a time. This may mean you might have to queue for a while in Stone Court so please check the forecast before you arrive and come prepared. If there is a bit of queue, there is still lots to see in the courtyard, like the pre-historic elk and the ornate drain design.
This autumn we are pleased to be opening with Heritage Open Day so on Thursday 16 September showroom tickets are free for everyone to explore. Pre-booking is still essential to guarantee entry. Please note that if you wish to park in the National Trust car park, there is a charge of £5 per car (free to National Trust members).
Knole is home to four out of the 125 treasures that the National Trust care for and you can see these all on your visit into the showrooms and the gatehouse tower. Search for these treasures on your visit to Knole and find out what they are and the story behind them. Find out about all 125 treasures within the National Trust with the book you can find in our bookshop.
When's the best time to visit?
The showrooms and gatehouse tower at Knole open from 11am-4pm, with last entry at 3:30pm. The busiest times to visit are between 11am-1pm. To avoid the queues, why not enjoy a walk around the park, refreshments in the Brewhouse Café or browse the shops in Green Court.
Tickets are available to pre-book for ½ hour arrival slots at Knole. This will be your time to arrive, show your booking confirmation at the gate box and park in the main car park. Once you are here, you can visit the house at any time from 11am until last entry time at 3:30pm.
Changes to parking
The car park is available for National Trust members and paying visitors to the house only. Members can visit the house, parkland and use the car park for free but should pre-book for everyone in their party. The main gates open at 10am so please do not arrive early to prevent congestion on the high street.
Non-members will no longer be able to just book a car parking space. If you are only intending to visit Knole Park, we recommend you use the multi-storey car park in Sevenoaks town centre (postcode TN13 1LW). This is a short walk to Knole Park through Webb’s Alley.
Take an autumn stroll around Knole Park
Extend your visit with us by exploring the treasures of the parkland after seeing those inside. Knole Park is a great place to take a walk and notice the seasonal changes, with atmospheric, foggy mornings and crisp, autumnal afternoons. Although the park covers 1,000 acres, the National Trust only manages 100 acres with the rest owned and taken care of by the Sackville family’s Knole Estate (including the deer herd).
The change in the season also brings a change in behaviour in the wild deer herd as by the end of September the bucks are all fired up and holding their stands. We will be running guided rut walks in October, led by Knole Estate’s Park and Deer Keeper. These dates are to be confirmed so keep an eye out on our social media or ask on your visit. Remember to keep your distance from the deer, do not feed or approach them.
The park is open for all to enjoy and can be accessed from the National Trust car park at Knole with your pre-booked tickets, or for free through many of the pedestrian gates around the perimeter. Alternative parking can be found in the town centre following the postcode TN13 1LW.
Warm yourself up with an autumn treat from the Brewhouse Cafe
A visit to Knole is not complete without a stop at the Brewhouse Café. Whether you are looking for a warming hot chocolate, a quick lunch snack or something a bit more filling, there’s plenty of choice. Our team are baking cakes, scones and biscuits every day, plus there are gluten-free options and children’s lunch boxes to pick up.
Explore the shops in Green Court
The shop and bookshop are open daily inside Green Court. You can browse a large selection of National Trust seasonal collections like an array of scented candles, Knole souvenirs, food and drink plus items made by local craftspeople. Take some time to look around and choose to take home of your visit to Knole.
The bookshop is open 11am-5pm, so come on in and browse the shelves. There’s a dedicated children’s section, books by authors connected to Knole and many popular National Trust publications, including the new 125 Treasures book telling the story of these remarkable objects. We will also be starting storytime again, so keep an eye out for these dates coming.