Family visits to Knole

Knole's Visitor Centre

Knole offers plenty to do for families all year round. Trails bring the house to life for children and free family activities enhance a visit. Plan your visit with our handy list of what's on offer.

  • Please note that Knole is very popular at weekends and on bank holidays, and we regularly have to close the car park due to congestion. Read our article about alternative ways to arrive at Knole and trips to neighbouring properties.
  • Baby changing facilities can be found in the Conservation Studio reception area (opposite the Brewhouse Café), or in the disabled toilets off Green Court.
  • High chairs, activity lunch boxes, cups and water jugs are available in the Brewhouse Café.
  • If you fancy a picnic, you’ll find picnic benches in an enclosed area to the left of the path leading to the Brewhouse Café.
  • For mums who favour a more secluded area for breast feeding, we recommend the sofas in the Bookshop’s fireplace nook, or the benches and chairs in the secluded children’s bookshop area. Please ask a member of staff if you would prefer a more private space.
  • Our children’s bookshop makes a relaxing stop-off for tired legs and wide-awake imaginations.
  • There is a dressing-up area in the Visitor Experience Centre where children can try on tudor cloaks, hats and ruffs.
  • Story sacks for the under 5’s are also available to borrow in our Visitor Experience Centre, complete with books to read and interactive textured play quilts designed for families to enjoy together.
  • Feel free to explore our insect wooden stepping stones by the large sycamore tree at the front of the house, and see how many wooden animals you can spot.
  • Our treasure trail booklet brings Knole's magnificent showrooms to life for 6-12 year olds. Available from the showrooms entrance, £2 suggested donation per child.
  • We recommend that families with babes in arms use our baby slings or hip carriers (available at the Visitor Centre) when entering the showrooms to avoid damage.
  • Bring a paper and pencils to have fun with the nature themed brass rubbing plates surrounding the sycamore tree.