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
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
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. 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.
Picnics in Knole Park
With so much vast space to explore, Knole is a popular picnic destination. Visitors are welcome to enjoy a picnic in the park year-round, however we ask that you do not feed or pet the deer. We recommend enjoying your picnic in the enclosed outdoor seating area, located close to the car park, to avoid being interrupted by the deer. Dogs are also welcome in Knole Park, although must be kept on leads at all times.
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.
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.
Enjoy and explore