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's car park is open daily between 10am and 4pm for pre-booked cars only. Booking can be made via our website. To help make the most of your visit and understand the changes we have made, please find some useful information below.

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 seeing you again soon.

FAQS

Can I just turn up now that Knole is open?

No, you will need to pre-book your car parking space in advance of your arrival to Knole. 

How to book

All visitors must book one ticket per car in advance, including members. Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance.

  • You'll need to book one ticket per car
  • Members can park for free but non-members will need to pay in advance when they book a space
  • Tickets are for your use only and are not available for resale
  • We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email

Every Friday we'll release new bookings for visits the following week. You can book up to 18 hours before a timeslot

Due to limited spaces, we’re asking that you only book once a week to allow others a chance to visit

Help support key workers

To say thank you to our nation's key workers and all they have done for us, we're encouraging visitors to keep the first and last slots of each day free for key workers to use. While we are unable to 'reserve' these slots exclusively for key workers, we hope you will join us in thanking them by leaving these times free. If you or someone in your group are a key worker, please take the opportunity to book these early and late timeslots.
 

If you’re more than 10 minutes late for your arrival slot then entry will be at the discretion of the property team.

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

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, which can become 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 with their young, who can be rejected by their mother if she detects human scent. Please read more about the wild deer here.

Where can I throw away my litter?

There are a limited number of bins available in the park. We are operating with a reduced team, and no volunteer support, which makes it very difficult to clean up all the litter. It is really important to pick up your litter so that the deer do not chew or ingest it, which may fatally harm them. The recent increase in visitors and picnics has led to a rise in litter being left around the park. Please take your litter home for disposal.

Can I bring a BBQ?

Barbecues are not permitted at Knole due to 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 while we are in lockdown, due to the excessive amount of litter that is being left around the park. Any litter left on the ground can be eaten by the deer, making them very unwell. We have a very limited team onsite at present, and no volunteer support which makes it very difficult to clean up litter.

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.

Staying safe

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. And 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?

If you are unable to pre-book a car park space on our booking system, it is still possible to park in the Sevenoaks town centre car park (Sat nav postcode TN13 1LW). The car park is adjacent to Knole Park, a short walk down Webb’s Alley in the park, and is currently free until at least the end of June. Please avoid parking in any local residential roads. Temporary parking restrictions have been put in place to stop this and 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?

At present the toilets are closed. Unlike many other places all our toilets are within the historic building, which is currently closed.

Is the tea-room open?

The Brewhouse Café is closed at present.

Are any of the indoor spaces open?

At present the showrooms, Gatehouse Tower and Conservation Studio are all closed. Under current Government guidance, ticketed indoor attractions are not permitted to reopen.