Autumn days at Knole

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 a visit to the house and see the vast collection within the showrooms, 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

The showrooms at Knole are open again and we're welcoming a maximum of 50 visitors at any time into the house. The visitor route has been altered slightly to keep visitors, staff and volunteers safe within the house, but the essence of Knole is still there to soak up and enjoy. Book your tickets to walk through the halls, along the corridors and stand in the bedrooms of kings, princesses, archbishops, lords and ladies.

The showrooms are open daily from 11am-4pm (last entry 3.15pm).

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Discover what a visit to Knole House looks like this autumn

We're pleased to announce that Knole House is open again. Whilst the experience of visiting the showrooms might be slightly different at the moment, there's still plenty to see and enjoy. Take a moment to see what your visit will be like before pre-booking your tickets.

How to book to visit Knole

We've made changes to the way you book to visit Knole. Please pre-book via the website. You now need to book tickets per person rather than per car. Members can visit the house, parkland and use the car park for free but must still pre-book.

The Venetian Bedroom at Knole with the Spiering Tapestries
The bed and ornate hanging tapestries in the Venetian Bedroom at Knole
The Venetian Bedroom at Knole with the Spiering Tapestries

For paying visitor buying pre-booked house tickets an additional £5 charge will be payable for car parking when you arrive.

Choosing when you arrive

The timed slots available online are for your arrival time at Knole. Entry to the house is not by timed tickets so you can choose to visit at any point during your day. As we are limiting the number inside the house at any time to 50 people, you may need to queue for a short while in Stone Court.

The newly completed ballroom in the Showrooms at Knole
The newly completed ballroom in the Showrooms at Knole
The newly completed ballroom in the Showrooms at Knole

The house opens at 11am and mornings are busier than afternoons. There's plenty to do if you arrive early, from a stroll around the parkland, to exploring the Courtyards and Orangery, to having a coffee from the Brewhouse Café and browsing the shop.

Be inspired by Fashioned from Paper

Lovers of art, history, fashion and crafting should pay a visit to Fashioned from Paper in Knole House this autumn. Included as part of your house admission, see the lifesize paper sculptures of key figures from Knole's past, made by artist Denise Watson. Admire the exquisitely detailed costumes, cleverly made from paper to replicate intricate lace, delicate feathers and embroidered fabrics.

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Fashioned from Paper at Knole

Watch artist Denise Watson (aka Delicarta) and Hannah Kay (Knole's General Manager) talk about the inspiration for the exhibition Fashioned from Paper at Knole.

Autumn in the parkland

Autumn also offers wonderful walks around the parkland as the leaves fall from the trees and the skeletal forms of the trees take prominence. Pull on your wellies and explore part of the parkland you've not seen before. One of the walks below may take you to a new area and offer different views to enjoy across the park.

 

Keep your distance from the deer

It's also time for the rut, the deers’ mating season, when antlers and egos are fully grown and testosterone runs high. Whilst this is a spectacle to watch, the deer at Knole are wild and should not be approached nor fed. Please do not interact with the deer. If a deer approaches you, walk away.

Autumnal activities and challenges

Knole certainly provides a wonderful backdrop for autumnal photography and we particularly enjoy seeing visitor's photos on Instagram. This October, we're running some weekly Instagram-themed photography challenges which we'd love you to join by sharing your best pictures.

Capture some of nature's highlights during autumn at Knole
A fern with a spider's web on a dewy autumn morning at Knole
Capture some of nature's highlights during autumn at Knole

These are the themes:

5 October - landscapes

12 October - autumn leaves

19 October - wildlife

26 October - trees

If you would like to join in, please use #knolepark and #knoleautumnphotography to tag us.

Challenge the kids with a spotters trail

From Saturday 3 October, look out for our autumn spotters trail chalkboards, with plenty of things for your kids to keep their eyes open for as they’re exploring Knole. Can you find a multi-coloured leaf, an acorn, and a tree too big to hug while you’re out and about in the park? How about a stained glass window, a lantern, and something circular in the historic courtyard spaces? Take a photo of the chalkboards and start spotting!

Kids running through Basildon Park in autumn

Whilst we're all having to keep our distance at the moment, we hope you will enjoy taking part in our trails. They've been designed so you can enjoy them with your household group, outside, without the need to touch anything (so no prizes this half term unfortunately).

Recharge with a takeaway from the Brewhouse Café

A visit to Knole isn't complete without refreshments from the Brewhouse Café. Whether it's a hot or cold drink, sweet or savoury treat, a light lunch or a bowl of warming soup, take a look at the daily specials and enjoy an al fresco break. There's seating on the terrace of the Brewhouse Café or in the picnic area close by. Our indoor seating area remains closed for now. 

Warm up with a hot chocolate from the cafe
Visitors sitting outside the cafe at Seaton Delaval Hall
Warm up with a hot chocolate from the cafe

Take home a souvenir of your visit

Pay a visit to the new shop at Knole whilst you're here to see the extended range of goods we have for sale. Choose a souvenir of your visit, a tasty treat, something for your home, a gift for someone special, or dare we say it, something for Christmas.

Browse the National Trust and local items on sale in the shop at Knole
Items displayed by the historic windows in the shop at Knole
Browse the National Trust and local items on sale in the shop at Knole

The shop at Knole is open 7 days a week inside Green Court. The former Estate Office is now the new location for the shop where you can browse a larger selection of the National Trust seasonal collections, homewares, Knole souvenirs, food and drink plus items made by local craftspeople. Please remember to bring a mask if you would like to go inside the shop.

We look forward to welcoming you to Knole this autumn. Government guidelines around coronavirus are regularly reviewed at short notice so please check our website or our social media channels before you visit. Please bear with us while we work through any changes, and how it might affect your visit.