Visiting Knole during Covid 19

Knole in the autumn glow

The National Trust is following government guidance about social distancing and has opened the car park at Knole to pre-booked ticket holders only.

Together with Kent Police, Sevenoaks District Council and the Knole Estate, we are urging people to only visit Knole by car if you have a pre-booked ticket, in order to keep our local community, visitors and staff safe. For your own safety please ensure you keep a distance from the wild deer and avoid picnicking or dropping litter.

Car park

Knole’s car park can be extremely busy at peak times – even under extraordinary circumstances such as the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic – and this can create disruption and congestion on Sevenoaks High Street. We have opened our car park for pre-booked ticket holders only to help manage the number of visitors at Knole at any given time to  ensure social distancing and to keep our staff safe.

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.

You’ll need to book one ticket per car and this will allow you to park for 2 hours. We know you are keen to enjoy your time at Knole but please leave promptly to allow for safe social distancing and to ensure others have the opportunity to enjoy the parkland.

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.

Please book ahead before visiting 

You will need to book your car parking space in advance of your arrival to Knole. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday and ​you will need to book your car parking space by 3.00pm the day before your visit. Please note we’ll be turning people ​away who arrive and haven't booked. There’s no need to book if you are walking or cycling into the park. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

When you visit

We are working hard to open the facilities at Knole and maintain the safety and wellbeing of staff, volunteers and visitors while the government guidelines remain. The Brewhouse Cafe is now open offering a reduced takeaway menu. There are limited toilet facilities available (including baby changing and disabled toilets), but all other facilities, including the shop, will remain closed for now.

We’re sure you will enjoy a stroll in the park but please keep a safe distance from the wild deer herd at all times. Do not feed the deer, they have plenty of natural food to feast on in the 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. Please take any litter home with you, do not leave it in the beautiful parkland.     

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.

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