Knole's bookshop

Knole's bookshop

Knole’s bookshop is open all year round, selling a range of novels, specialist books and gifts.

It takes its inspiration from Knole’s role as a hub for the leading British artists and writers of the twentieth century.  Edward ‘Eddy’ Sackville-West lived at Knole from 1926-1940, occupying a private apartment in the Gatehouse Tower. 

Eddy was a musician, journalist, writer and heir to Knole.  His Gatehouse Tower visitor book shows that he entertained many of his close friends at Knole, which included Bloomsbury (and other avant-garde) writers such as Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West, Aldous Huxley and James Lees-Milne, alongside painters including Duncan Grant, John Banting and Graham Sutherland.

The interiors and collections of Eddy Sackville-West’s Gatehouse Tower apartment at Knole have influenced the design of the bookshop. Eddy's private rooms in the Gatehouse Tower opened to visitors for the very first time in June 2016.

Knole has many famous literary connections so it is the perfect venue for the National Trust’s first dedicated bookshop. A range of historical novels, walks guides and cookery books are on sale in the bookshop, as well as some very special first editions written by Knole residents Vita and Eddy Sackville-West.

The bookshop also offers a range of greetings cards, stationary, souvenirs and gifts, as well as a new dedicated children's area. 

The bookshop at Knole has a dedicated children's area.

Children's book area

We're thrilled to have opened our new children's area in Knole's bookshop! Full of books, games and cuddly toys, there is lots to keep your little ones busy. Keep your eyes peeled for interactive story sessions, aimed at under 5s, starting later in the year.