Visiting Knole parkland this autumn

Knole in the autumn glow

PLEASE NOTE: This web article was written in 2020 and is now out of date. Please refer to the homepage of the Knole website for up to date information on visiting. Knole Park is open to all to enjoy. The National Trust look after 100 acres of the park, the rest is managed by Knole Estate and the Sackville Family (including the deer herd). For your own safety please ensure you keep a distance from the wild deer and avoid picnicking or dropping litter.

The car park at Knole is currently open for pre-booked visitors only. Please only visit Knole by car if you have a pre-booked ticket. There are several pedestrian gates around the perimeter to access by foot and parking is available in the town centre.

The car park at Knole

After months of keeping the car park open so visitors and local residents could enjoy the park, we're delighted to open the house once more from Monday 21 September. From this date, the car park will be available for National Trust members and paying visitors to the house only.

We're making changes to the way you book online. Please pre-book your visit via the website. You will 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.

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

Our staff will check tickets on arrival and we’ll be turning any cars around that haven’t booked. Please be prepared to show your ticket through your car window and maintain a safe distance from our team at all times. Members must show a valid membership card along with their ticket to gain entry.

Accessible parking is available to book using our pre-bookable system.

If you are subsequently unable to visit, you can request a refund by contacting our central booking office on 0344 249 1895. Any monies that have been paid will be refunded. You can then make a different booking (if there’s availability) either online or through the central booking office.

Alternative parking

You may wish to park in Sevenoaks town centre and walk into the park. The nearest car park can be found using the sat nav postcode TN13 1LW. There is a steep, uneven path from this car park into the park that may be difficult for those with accessibility issues. Please avoid parking in residential streets. 

Facility available when you visit

The Brewhouse Café is open offering a reduced takeaway menu and the shop is open daily in Green Court. You can also visit the courtyards and the Orangery. There are limited toilet facilities available (including baby changing and disabled toilets), with all other facilities remaining closed for now. Please wear a face covering in all inside spaces and observe the social distancing measures we have put in place.

Picnicking in Knole Park

We ask visitors to avoid picnicking in the park and to use the outdoor picnic area where the benches have been set up for safe social distancing. If this isn't possible on the day of your visit, please be aware of the deer and refrain from sharing your picnic with them. Do not feed the deer, they have plenty of natural food to feast on in the park and please keep a safe distance from the wild deer herd at all times. Please take any litter home with you; do not leave it in the beautiful parkland. 

Are the deer friendly?

The wild deer herd at Knole are managed by the Sackville family’s Knole Estate, and not the National Trust. It is important to remember they are wild animals that can be aggressive when approached. Even if they come up to you, please walk away and do not touch them or feed them. It is essential that they remain wild and avoid any human contact, food and scent. This is even more important for their young, who can be rejected by their mother if she detects human scent.

Events and workshops

All events and workshops at Knole have been cancelled, including attic tours and Toddler Monday events. Existing event ticket holders have been notified.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these exceptional circumstances. We wish everyone a safe and healthy passage through and hope to be able to share Knole with you all again soon.

Keep up to date with National Trust coronavirus news by reading the regularly updated article below.