Visiting Knole: what you need to know

Set off on a self-guided walk of Knole Park, Kent. Pick up a map in the Visitor Centre.

Knole House, including the showrooms, is open. To help you make the most of your visit, please find some useful information below. Please do not travel to Knole by car unless you have pre-booked tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: There may be some disruption to your visit due to works being carried out by South East Water to install a new water main in Knole Park. Find out more here.

Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions below. If you require further information, please email us at knole@nationaltrust.org.uk. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

FAQS

Can I just turn up now that Knole is open?

To use the car park, you will need to pre-book your tickets in advance. Pre-booking is essential to guarantee entry, especially at weekends and bank holidays. If you’re more than 10 minutes late for your arrival slot then entry will be at the discretion of the property team.

At the discretion of our team at the gatebox, on weekdays it may not always be necessary to pre-book. To guarantee entry, we recommend you do. Alternative parking is available at the multi-storey car park in Sevenoaks, just a short walk through the pedestrian gates to the park. The postcode is TN13 1LW.

Are any of the indoor spaces open?

Knole House, including the showrooms, Orangery, bookshop, shop, Visitor Centre and the Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio are open. The Gatehouse Tower remains closed for now.

If you are a member, please call in to the Visitor Centre once you've parked so we can scan your membership card. For any new visitors to Knole, there's also a small exhibition sharing some of the history of Knole and an insight into the showrooms. 

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

Do I need to prebook to visit the Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio?

Just like visiting the showrooms at Knole, you only need to prebook if you would like to use the National Trust car park at Knole. Once you are here, you can vist the conservation studio at any time. Members can book for free but non-members will need to prebook tickets for Knole House, plus pay a £5 parking charge. Everyone must prebook.

The Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio at Knole is open Wednesday to Saturday from Wednesday 19 May, 11am to 4pm. We are following guidance on limiting the number of people in the studio at any one time and request that all visitors use the hand sanitiser on entry and wear a face covering. 

A conservator works on the iconic Knole sofa
A conservator working on the iconic Knole sofa
A conservator works on the iconic Knole sofa

What about if I just want to visit the park?

Members are welcome to pre-book for free to use the car park at Knole. You will need to book per person. Non-members will need to pre-book per person too, plus pay an additional £5 parking charge. Alternatively, non-members can park in the multi-storey car park in Sevenoaks and walk through Webb's Alley to the park. The postcode is TN13 1LW.

How to book

You will need to book tickets per person via the website. Members can book for free but non-members will need to book per person plus pay a £5 per car parking charge. Everyone must pre-book. Non-members arriving in the same vehicle as a member will need to pay for a ticket but not the car parking charge.

When can I book?

Every Friday we'll release new bookings for visits the following week. You can book up to 3pm the day before you intend to visit.

Are the deer friendly?

The wild deer herd at Knole are managed by the Sackville family’s Knole Estate, and not the National Trust. It is important to remember they are wild animals that can be aggressive when approached. Even if they come up to you, please walk away and do not touch them or feed them. It is essential that they remain wild and avoid any human contact, food and scent. This is even more important for their young, who can be rejected by their mother if she detects human scent. Please read more about the wild deer here.

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

Where can I throw away my litter?

There are a limited number of bins available in the park.  It is really important to pick up your litter so that the deer do not chew or ingest it, which may fatally harm them. Please take your litter home for disposal. Please do not add general litter to the dog bins.

Can I bring a BBQ?

Barbecues are not permitted at Knole because of the risk of fire. They have potential to destroy the medieval deer park, which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the wildlife and habitat it supports.

Can I bring a picnic?

Picnics are not encouraged in the park due to the excessive amount of litter being left behind and the risk of the wild deer herd approaching visitors for food. Visitors are feeding the deer which encourages them to approach others and they sometimes become aggressive. If you do bring a picnic, please use the picnic area by the front of the house.

Please take your litter home to keep everyone safe and help us protect our magnificent wild deer herd and beautiful parkland which is a designated conservation area.

Enjoy your lunch in the picnic area at Knole, Sevenoaks
The enclosed picnic area at Knole, Sevenoaks, with wooden benches
Enjoy your lunch in the picnic area at Knole, Sevenoaks

Can I bring my dog?

You may bring your dog, but they must remain on a lead for the duration of the visit. The park is home to a wild deer herd, so the same rules apply as they do for any wild animal herds in the countryside, and dogs must be kept under close control. Please also remember to pick up after your dog and use the dog waste bins provided.

Dog walking
Dog on a lead
Dog walking

Staying safe

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. Please also look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. 

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

Is there anywhere else to park?

Alternative parking is located in Sevenoaks town centre in the multi-storey car park (Sat nav postcode TN13 1LW). The car park is adjacent to Knole Park, just a short walk down Webb’s Alley into the park.

Kent County Council have introduced parking restrictions around Knole Park in response to some visitors parking dangerously and irresponsibily. Fines are being handed out by enforcement officers.

Can I fly my drone?

It is illegal to fly drones or remote-controlled aerial devices at Knole. The park and buildings are privately owned by the Sackville family and National Trust. Please find our full drone policy here.

Are any toilets open?

All toilet facilities are open. Please note the toilets will close for a short period once a day to enable additional cleaning for Covid enhanced hygiene procedures.

Is the café open?

The Brewhouse Café is open from 10am -5pm. The gates to the Brewhouse courtyard will close at 4.30pm to serve the last few visitors. There is a reduced menu to takeaway only - hot and cold drinks, soup, sandwiches, sausage rolls, cakes, bakes and pre-packaged snacks. The rooftop terrace is open and limited indoor seating is available.

Is the shop open?

The shop is open daily from 10am to 5pm. We are following guidance on limiting the number of people in the shop at any one time and request that all visitors use the hand sanitiser on entry and wear a face covering. 

Browse the Nymans-inspired spring range in the shop at Knole
Display of spring items in the shop at Knole
Browse the Nymans-inspired spring range in the shop at Knole

Is the bookshop open?

The bookshop is open daily from 11am to 5pm. We are following guidance on limiting the number of people in the bookshop at any one time and request that all visitors use the hand sanitiser on entry and wear a face covering. 

 

We look forward to welcoming you to Knole. Please keep safe and keep your distance from others.