Visiting Knole this winter

Winter is looking a little different this year at Knole. Whilst we're disappointed not to be able to invite you to enjoy a traditional Knole experience, the park is open for local visitors to enjoy a walk and some fresh air. We hope you will enjoy your visit and make the most of the season.

Knole opening hours

The National Trust facilities at Knole are open every day in January from 10am - 4pm. Knole Park is open from dawn to dusk for pedestrians. National Trust staff will be on duty at the Gatebox from 10am-4pm. This is the building at the top of the drive when you arrive by car at Knole.

What to expect at Knole this winter

In line with the recent Government announcement of the new tier system, there have been some changes at Knole. At present, only the car park is open. Knole House, the Gatehouse Tower, Conservation Studio, Orangery, Visitor Centre, shop, bookshop and courtyards are closed. Due to recent overcrowding and lack of compliance with government guidance on social distancing, the Brewhouse Café and toilet facilities are also closed. 

 

A mum and dad play with their young daughters in a sunny, wintry parkland with Knole in the background

The car park

Open daily 10am-4pm.

In order to allow access to the park, the car park at Knole is open to pre-booked visitors only. Members can park for free and non-members will need to pay to park. Everyone must pre-book to visit.

Please do not drive to Knole unless you have pre-booked a car parking space as you will not be able to use the car park. Entry will be on a timed ticket basis to avoid congestion at the main entrance.

At the discretion of our team at the Gatebox, on weekdays it may not always be necessary to pre-book. To guarantee entry, we recommend you do.

Be aware of local parking restrictions

Kent County Council has introduced local parking restrictions in residential and side roads around Knole Park for up to 3 months from the end of November. This is in response to dangerous and obstructive parking by a number of visitors to Knole Park. The decision has been made by the local authority following complaints from Sevenoaks residents.

Please park considerately to local residents. If you're planning on visiting Knole Park and haven't pre-booked a space in the National Trust car park, we recommend you park in the multi-storey car park in Sevenoaks. The sat nav post code is TN13 1LW. Look out for local signage to the town centre car park. Access to the park is a short walk from here down Webb's Alley.

The shop

The shop at Knole is currently closed under tier 4 restrictions. As soon as it is safe to do so, we shall reopen it. In the meantime, you can browse the full National Trust collection online.

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Choose some stylish new accessories to add to your home from the shop at Knole
A display of cosy rugs on the central table in the shop
Choose some stylish new accessories to add to your home from the shop at Knole

The Brewhouse Café

Due to overcrowding and lack of compliance with government guidance on social distancing, the Brewhouse Café is closed until further notice. The picnic area is also closed until further notice.

Pick up a coffee
Woman holding takeaway hot drink
Pick up a coffee

Toilets

Due to overcrowding and lack of compliance with government guidance on social distancing, the toilets are closed until further notice.

Access to the park

Open all year round, dawn to dusk.

Visitors can access Knole Park via the many pedestrian gates around Sevenoaks. The multi-storey car park in Sevenoaks town centre (postcode TN13 1LW)  is just a short walk from the park. Although the park covers a large area, please be mindful of social distancing and keep away from busy areas where groups can congregate.

During these unprecedented times, the team at Knole are working hard to keep everyone safe and to keep the park litter-free. We would be grateful if you could help us by taking your litter home with you and disposing safely.

Spot the wild deer in Knole Park
Spot the wild deer in Knole Park, Kent.
Spot the wild deer in Knole Park

The deer

The wild deer herd are managed by the Sackville family's Knole Estate. Please keep a safe distance from them. Do not feed or approach them and walk away if they approach you. Please watch out for the deer and drive slowly when you're leaving, especially later on in the day if it's getting dark.

We look forward to welcoming you to Knole. Please keep safe and keep your distance from others.