Enter into the Christmas spirit with a visit to Knole this year
Embrace the festive season and make plans to visit Knole House. From 27 November to 23 December, enjoy sparkling lights, glorious decorations, fragrant trees, seasonal fare from the Brewhouse Café, gifts in the shop and the opportunity to visit the showrooms at Knole House.
Christmas is a magical time of year at Knole where you can enjoy some festive cheer. See sparkling Christmas trees, a roaring fire, wintry walks and plenty of shopping opportunities. Complete your visit with a warming drink from the Brewhouse Cafe.
Visit Knole House this Christmas
Normally at this time of year, the showrooms at Knole House are closed for their seasonal conservation, but that's not the case this Christmas. This year you can visit the house over the festive period and enjoy our nature inspired Christmas decorations.
Starting in the Great Hall, you can warm yourself by the roaring fire, as many a visitor to Knole would have done on a winter's day, taking in the sparkling tree and impressive display on the grand table. Once you've soaked up the atmosphere in the 400-year-old majestic wood-panelled Great Hall, you'll be able to carry on into the showrooms. For the first time we invite you to explore the Ballroom, Reynolds Room, Cartoon Gallery and Kings Room with nature themed festive displays.
Continue your merry journey around Knole and climb the spiral stairs in the Gatehouse Tower for panoramic views of the parkland. On the climb up you can discover the life and loves of a former resident and immerse yourself in a 1930's inspired festive atmosphere.
Wander through Courtyards and the Orangery
Take in the striking architecture in the courtyards and see the vibrantly decorated Christmas trees and twinkling lights in the Orangery. Watch the winter sun cast colourful patches of light on the stone floor through the stained-glass windows and find some impressive statues, plaster casts of classical reliefs and the Buzaglo stove, dating to 1774, that originally warmed the Great Hall.
Enjoy some carols at Knole this Christmas
Sunday 5 December & Saturday 11 & 18 December, 1:30pm & 2.30pm.
We're delighted to welcome in carol singers to the Great Hall this December for some festive tunes next to the grand Christmas tree. They'll be performing twice a day on the weekends leading up to Christmas so visitors will be able to take in the decorated house to the backdrop of their dulcet tones. We have partnered up with local communities, such as West Malling Community Choirs, Tonbridge Community Singers and some of Knole's own, to create a cosy, christmas feel.
Entertain the kids at Knole this Christmas
Families can join a woodland creature Christmas trail in the historic parkland. Find the Christmas deer and follow clues to claim a luxury, cuddly prize. The trail runs from Monday 6 December to Thursday 23 December and is £5 per trail. It will be available from the Visitor Centre 10am-3.30pm.
The Brewhouse Cafe
Take a walk to the cosy Brewhouse Cafe for a warming snack and drink. Choose from a delicious selection of cakes.
Pick up a gift or two from the Knole shops
You'll also find two shops at Knole inside Green Court, perfect for some stress-free shopping and ideal for picking up some Christmas gifts or festive fare for your table.
In the gift shop you'll find decorations, tableware, linens, accessories, jewellery, throws, cushions, toiletries and more. There's also our full range of jams, pickles, biscuits and drinks as well as seasonal additions of mince pies, Christmas puddings, chutneys and festive tipples.
In the bookshop you'll find a wide selection of brand new books, with a section dedicated to children's titles and activity sets. There are books on gardening, cooking, history, notable figures from Knole's past, art, nature and the local area. There are also calendars and diaries for 2022 and greetings cards to browse.
Whatever you buy, every purchase is helping to conserve Knole and help us carry out essential work to preserve the collection.
Take a stroll around Knole Park
After a festive visit to Knole House, why not take a stroll around the park? There are hard standing paths and walking routes of different lengths you can follow. Pick up a map from the Visitor Centre. Enjoy watching the deer from a distance but please do not approach, pet or feed them. Be aware of golfers as some paths do cross the course.