Group visits to Knole

Knole's west front was built by Henry VIII

We welcome pre-booked groups of 15 or more people to Knole. Get in touch to start planning for a visit in 2017.

How to book

All group visits must be pre-booked.  Please contact:
Phone:  01732 462100
Email:  knolegroupbookings@nationaltrust.org.uk


Once we have agreed a date for your visit, please complete and return the booking form.  We will then confirm your booking and provide guidance for your group leader and coach driver about what to expect on the day.

Prices

Showrooms

Gatehouse

(from Sept)

Combined

(from Sept)

Adult

£7.25

£2.60

£9.85

Child

£3.60

£1.30

£4.90

Family (2 adults, 3 children)

£18.00

£6.40

£24.40

National Trust member

free

free

free

Group leader/Coach driver*

free

free

free

A group is classed as 15 or more people, whether you are National Trust members or not. To qualify for the group admission rates, you must pre-book your visit. We have a reduced ticket price for the showrooms in 2016, to reflect the reduced access caused by the conservation work.

*Your coach driver will receive a voucher for a sandwich and drink at the Café.

To qualify for the group rate, a single payment must be made for the whole group by cash or card on the day of your visit.  Vouchers from travel companies are accepted by prior arrangement.

Knole's West Front
Deer wander through Knole Park outside the West Front entrance of Knole in Sevenoaks, Kent

What to expect from your visit

Knole is in the middle of one of the National Trust’s biggest conservation projects which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Extensive works have already taken place to repair the exterior of the building, making it wind- and weather-proof. Now we have moved inside and are painstakingly conserving Knole’s remarkable collection. The new spaces - the Conservation Studio, Gatehouse Tower and the extended and refurbished Brewhouse Café - will open to visitors from September 2016.


Welcome Talk – on arrival you will be greeted by a member of our visitor services team, who will orientate you around the site and provide you with your tickets.

Showrooms - visit Knole’s historic showrooms, where there will be pop-up conservation demonstrations throughout the year. The Great Hall has also been converted into a store of treasures.

Details of the rooms open to visitors in 2016 are given below. Access is free-flow only and we are unable to provide guided tours to groups as part of our standard group offer.

Visitor Centre - learn more about Knole and the people who have lived here.

Bookshop - be inspired by Knole’s literary history and browse our selection of  beautiful books and souvenirs. Tea, coffee and cake are also available in the Bookshop. Please note that there is limited seating available here.

Outdoor Café - sandwiches, soup, cakes and hot and cold drinks are available at the Outdoor Café while the main Brewhouse Café is closed for renovation. Seating is outdoors and we are unable to reserve tables for groups.

Knole Park - a 1000 acre deer park and designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. Please  enquire about a guided walk.

Lord Sackville’s Private Walled Garden - this is a private garden not curated by the National Trust. It is opened, with kind permission of Lord Sackville-West, on Tuesdays from April to September from 11am.

The Great Staircase - designed to impress
The Great Stairs at Knole

In addition, we will be opening the following new spaces from September 2016:


Gatehouse Tower - climb Knole’s Gatehouse Tower, home to Eddy Sackville-West during the early 20th Century, and enjoy spectacular views across the park.


Conservation Studio - see our experts at work, conserving Knole’s treasures for the future in the brand new Conservation Studio.


Brewhouse Café - a selection of  hot and cold lunches, snacks and drinks will be available in the newly refurbished and extended Brewhouse Café. Please note that once the Brewhouse opens, the Outdoor Café will close.

Experience panoramic views of Knole Park from the top of the Gatehouse Tower
Experience panoramic views of Knole Park from the top of the Gatehouse Tower

Talks and tours

Behind the Scenes - A short talk giving insights to the behind the scenes conservation work taking place in the showrooms from one of our Conservation Team experts. Free of charge - booking required.

Conservation Studio - when the Conservation Studio opens in September 2016, the expert conservators and trained volunteers can provide a talk to your group about the work in the Studio, highlighting the conservation of individual objects. This tour is available only to groups and gives an extended behind the scenes look at items from our collection, not normally seen, as well as those undergoing conservation. There is a charge for this of £2.50 per person (including National Trust members).

Specialist guided tour - if your group has a particular interest, we may be able to offer a specialist guided tour.  Please discuss availability and prices with us when you book your visit.


Languages

All the written guides in the rooms are in English. We can provide short written guides in French, German, Dutch and Japanese.  Please state on the group booking form if this is of interest to your group.


Accessibility

We aim to make Knole as accessible as possible for all visitors, within the constraints of the historic building.

The Visitor Centre, Bookshop and Estate Office are wheelchair accessible.  The Orangery and Garden can be reached via a lift in the Bookshop.  An accessible toilet is located off Green Court.
Wheelchair access to the showrooms is limited to the Great Hall only, as the rest of the rooms are on the first floor.  There are 22 steps on the staircase to reach the first floor.

Access to the Gatehouse Tower is via a steep, narrow and winding staircase.

For more detailed access information please visit 'Faciliies and Access.'
 


The showrooms

Visitors to Knole in 2016 will see the Great Hall, Great Staircase, Brown Gallery, Lady Betty  Germain’s Rooms, Spangled Bedroom and Dressing Room, Billiard Room, Museum Room, Venetian Ambassador’s Room and Leicester Gallery.

Collections from the showrooms that are closed for conservation will be moved into the Great Hall.  This Great Store of Jacobean furniture, tapestries, artworks and silver will enable visitors to see Knole’s extraordinary collection up close.

You can also see conservation in action with pop-up demonstrations throughout the year in the Spangled Bedroom.

Thomas Sackville created an important and impressive portrait gallery
Portaits in the Brown Gallery

Planning your visit in future years

Work on the showrooms continues until 2018.  At the end of 2016, the rooms currently open will close and take their turn to undergo specialist conservation work.

At the start of the season in March 2017 half the showrooms will re-open with improved     lighting and environmental conditions to show the collections at their best, while conserving them for future generations to enjoy.

Autumn/winter offer

Have tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival, then take the opportunity to explore the Gatehouse Tower with one of our volunteers. Learn more about the Tower’s resident, Eddy Sackville-West, and see the wonderful view from the top of the Tower, all for the price of £6.80 per adult (£4.20 per National Trust member). Available from October 2016.

Bookshelves in the Gatehouse Tower, the former home of Eddy Sackville-West
Bookshelves in Knole's Gatehouse Tower