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. 

See the Christmas tree in the Great Hall at Knole
Knole Great Hall Christmas tree
See the Christmas tree in the Great Hall at Knole

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. 

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Christmas at Knole

Enjoy our nature inspired decorations across Knole this Christmas, from 27 November to 23 December. For the first time explore beyond the Great Hall and see the Ballroom, Reynolds Room, and Cartoon Gallery decorated for the festive period.

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. 

Christmas trees in the courtyards at Knole
Knole Christmas courtyard tree and family
Christmas trees in the courtyards at Knole

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.  

Christmas in the Great Hall at Knole, 1930s
Children at Christmas at Knole
Christmas in the Great Hall at Knole, 1930s

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. 

Christmas in the Orangery, Knole
Knole's Orangery is decorated with a beautiful tree and twinkling lights
Christmas in the Orangery, Knole

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. 

Browse the shop at Knole this Christmas
Christmas decorations displayed on the table at Knole in the shop
Browse the shop at Knole this Christmas

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.