Group visits to Knole

Looking across Knole Park, Kent.

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:  knolebookings@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. Please ensure that a copy of the completed booking form is sent to the group leader.

Prices

Showrooms

Gatehouse Tower

Combined Showrooms & Tower

Adult

£7.65

£3.00

£10.65

Child

£4.00

£1.70

£5.70

Family (2 adults, 3 children)

£18.50

£6.80

£25.30

National Trust member

free

free

free

Group leader/Coach driver*

free

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free

*Your coach driver will receive a voucher entitling them to free refreshments at the Brewhouse Café.

Admission to the garden (Tuesdays, April-September) is included in the showrooms (or combined) admission ticket.

We have a reduced ticket price for the showrooms in 2017 to reflect the reduced access to the showrooms caused by the conservation work.

A group is classed as 15 or more people, including National Trust members. 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. Please note that we only accept cheque payments for Hayloft Learning Centre deposits, unless payment is made at the visitor centre.

On the day of your visit you will be greeted by a member of the visitor services team, who will orientate you around the site and provide you with your tickets.

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

What to see and do

Showrooms

Knole is in the middle of one of the National Trust’s biggest conservation projects, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Ballroom, Reynolds Room, Cartoon Gallery and King’s Room will re-open to visitors in March 2017 after meticulous restoration and refurbishment, incorporating a new display lighting scheme to highlight the unique beauty of the spaces and the collection.

In addition, the Great Hall and Great Stairs will be open to visitors. The remaining showrooms will be closed throughout 2017 for conservation and refurbishment. Our admission prices are reduced to reflect the reduced access to the showrooms.

Conservation Studio

Step inside and discover the world of conservation. We invite you to find out more about our team of skilled conservators, the techniques they use and the historic objects they are restoring.

The studio can be accessed daily but you can see conservators in action from Wednesday to Saturday. The studio is included in the Knole Past to Present Tour.

Gatehouse Tower

The Gatehouse Tower houses Knole’s only domestic space open to visitors. Climb to the top of the tower to enjoy beautiful views across the park.

Access to the tower is via a steep, uneven, spiral staircase. There are a total of 77 steps to the top, with seats available on the two floors on the way up. Visitor numbers are controlled to ensure safe access.

The Ballroom at Knole, reopening after careful conservation
The recently-conserved Ballroom at Knole has now re-opened.

More to explore…

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre provides the perfect introduction to Knole. 

· Learn about Knole’s rich history.

· Discover the stories of Knole’s inhabitants.

· Pick up one of our park trail maps. Our staff are on-hand to answer any questions you may have.


Orangery

Visit the Orangery with its rare Buzaglo stove, statues and stained glass windows overlooking the garden. This was built originally as two storeys, with smaller rooms on each floor - try looking for the clues.

Estate Office

Explore the office equipment used to run Knole’s estate before the age of computers. You can also hear the stories of some of those who worked on the estate through Knole’s oral history project.

Knole's Orangery is a beautiful space to explore
The orangery at Knole

Eating and shopping

Brewhouse Café and Shop

A selection of hot and cold lunches, snacks, cakes and drinks are available in the newly refurbished and extended Brewhouse Café, which incorporates a rooftop terrace for al fresco dining.

Situated alongside the café, the Brewhouse Shop has a wonderful range of gifts and souvenirs inspired by Knole, home accessories, kitchen- and garden-ware, plants and food and drink.

Please note that we are unable to reserve tables for groups in the Brewhouse Café. If  you wish to reserve a space for refreshments for your group, please look at options for hiring the Hayloft Learning Centre.

Bookshop

The Bookshop carries an extensive range of fiction, non-fiction and stationery and there is a new dedicated children's area.

The Bookshop specialises in books connected with Knole’s literary history, including books written by members of the family. We also have a range of first editions and rare books.

The Bookshop itself is inspired by the rooms and furnishings in the Gatehouse Tower.

Outdoor spaces

Knole Park

Walk in the 1,000 acre deer park, designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. A self-guided walks leaflet is available in the Visitor Centre and on our website.

Lord Sackville's private garden

The garden is open, by kind permission of Lord Sackville, on Tuesdays from April to September, from 11am until 4pm (last entry 3pm). Admission to the garden is included in your showrooms (or combined) ticket.

Knole Park is home to both Fallow and Sika deer
Knole Park in Kent is home to a wild deer herd

Tour

Knole Past to Present Tour

Explore Knole’s 600-year history through to the present day with one of our guides. Your guide will welcome you in Knole’s historic courtyards, before embarking on a tour of the new conservation studio. You will find out about the work we are currently undertaking as part of our five-year £19.8m conservation project to open new spaces and refurbish existing ones.

The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes.

£5 per person (including National Trust members).

 

Accessibility

We aim to make Knole as accessible as possible for all visitors.

Within the courtyards the Visitor Centre, Bookshop, Estate Office and Orangery are wheelchair accessible.  An accessible toilet is located off the main entrance to the house.

Wheelchair access to the showrooms is limited to the Great Hall, as the rest of the rooms are on the first floor. There are 22 steps on the staircase, with a handrail, to reach the first floor. For visitors who are unable to climb the stairs, there is an iPad in the Great Hall, which shows a virtual tour of the showrooms.

Access to the Gatehouse Tower is via a spiral staircase. There are 77 steps which are steep and can be uneven in places. There are two rooms off the staircase to explore and also use for rest stops.

The Conservation Studio and Brewhouse Café and Shop are fully wheelchair accessible. An accessible toilet is located in the Conservation Studio.

Please visit our website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole then select Facilities and Access, then Accessibility for more detailed access information.

Eddy's bedroom in the Gatehouse Tower at Knole
The recently restored Gatehouse Tower dominates Knole’s west front

Opening times

March 2017 to October 2017

Recommended time to see area

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Showrooms

12pm-4pm,  last entry 3pm

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Courtyards

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Gatehouse Tower

10am - 5pm, last entry 4pm

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Conservation Studio

10am-5pm, last entry 4pm

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Brewhouse Café

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Park and car park

All year, 10am-6pm

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Lord Sackville’s garden

11am-4pm, last entry 3pm

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Please allow a minimum of 20 minutes to process your group at the Visitor Centre, on arrival to Knole. For last entry to the showrooms at 3pm, it is recommended that you arrive at 2.30pm at the latest.

Please note that groups can only be admitted to the showrooms from 12pm.

Last entry to the showrooms and garden is 3pm.

Last entry to the Gatehouse Tower and Conservation Studio is 4pm.

Winter opening times

November 2017 to March 2018

During the winter, the showrooms are closed for vital conservation work, including a deep clean.

Lord Sackville’s garden closes in October 2017 and re-opens in April 2018.

All other spaces are open from 10am daily as shown above, but close at the earlier time of 4pm. Last entry to the Gatehouse Tower is at 3pm. The car park will remain open until 6pm.

We are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.