Knole Park

Fallow deer in Knole Park

Knole Park tells the story of a time before man-made landscaped beauty became an obsession for wealthy landowners. The famous deer herd are its main guardians, maintaining the balance of nature with their careful grazing.

Adventures to be had

With 1,000 acres to explore, there's something to suit all kinds of walker and wildlife-watcher. Even if you don't venture far, there is plenty to see close to the house. One of the highest points in the park is a nearby hill called Echo Mount. The deer can usually be spotted here and male deer often stage spectacular fights here during the rut in autumn.
 

An early ice house

Just down the hill in a shady dell is what looks like a brick igloo. This is one of England's earliest ice houses, built to store ice over the summer. Not too far from here is a well-concealed dewpond, which few of our visitors find.

One of England's earliest ice houses, this brick igloo was built to store ice during the summer
The ice house at Knole


Early landscaping

The dewponds, which are dotted around Knole Park, are a sign of the park's old age. Most owners of country houses had their parks landscaped in Georgian times, modifying them with large-scale gardening work. But Knole escaped this fate and now represents a very unusual piece of medieval managed countryside.
 
 

Kent's last medieval deer park

Kent's last medieval deer park is home to a 350-strong wild deer herd. They're descendants of those hunted by Henry VIII and roam the 1,000 acres of parkland year-round. Knole's parkland is exceptional in its vast size and unmanaged landscape. Expect trees fallen and left to nature and bracken thick with protected wildlife.

 

The deer at Knole

Knole is very fortunate to be home to a 350-strong deer herd, which visitors enjoy seeing in their natural habitat all year round. While these beautiful creatures can appear to be friendly, they are wild animals - seen at their best from a respectful distance. Please do not approach, pet or feed the deer, as it can be dangerous both for our visitors and the deer. Wild deer can be dangerous – not only do they have sharp antlers and hooves, they can also pass ticks and diseases on to humans. In some cases, baby deer that have been touched can also be abandoned by their mothers.


The deer get all the food they need from the park grassland and from Knole's gamekeeper and feeding them can upset their balanced diet. Stress caused by people chasing the deer can also make them ill. We ask that visitors please follow these guidelines, so that everyone can enjoy their experience in the park and appreciate the deer for generations to come.

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

A Site of Special Scientific Interest

Knole is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which means that we have to work hard to ensure the park remains a thriving habitat for its range of wildlife. The park is made up of many different areas - acidic grassland, parkland, woodland and ponds - and each is home to a range of flora and fungi as well as a clutch of rare invertebrates.

Picnics in Knole Park

Knole Park is a popular picnic destination during the warmer months. With so much vast space to explore, there is always a quiet spot under a tree waiting to be found. Visitors are welcome to enjoy a picnic in the park year-round, however we ask that you do not feed or pet the deer. Dogs are also welcome in Knole Park, although must be kept on leads at all times.
 

Enjoy and explore

The park is a splendid site if you enjoy walking and there are numerous routes to discover. Pick up a self-guided walks map from our Visitor Centre or join one of our free guided walks of the park, which take place every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. There are also special seasonal walks throughout the year, which you can find on our events page.
 
Your visit to Knole Park makes you part of its long history, whether you are a seasoned walker, enjoy spotting the deer or simply use the space to kick a ball around. However you spend your time, you're always welcome.
 
With over 1,000 acres to explore, there's always a new part of Knole Park to discover
Knole Park in Kent