Take a look inside Knole House
PLEASE NOTE: Knole House is currently closed. After re-opening during the summer, we've closed again in accordance with government guidance and we're now carrying out our annual deep clean and catching up with conservation tasks. We will open again in 2021 once it's safe to do so. This article was written in the summer of 2020 as the showrooms were about to reopen. Please see our homepage for an up to date summary of what is currently open and closed at Knole.
Knole is home to one of the rarest collections in the world. Royal Stuart furniture, paintings and textiles fill the historic interiors, on show to visitors since the 1600’s. The collection is incredibly well preserved thanks to Knole having been a show house ever since Thomas Sackville first acquired it in 1605.
Whilst the experience of visiting the showrooms might be slightly different at the moment, there's still plenty to see and enjoy. Take a moment to read about what your visit will be like before pre-booking your tickets. In line with government guidance, all visits must be pre-booked to keep our visitors, volunteers and staff safe at this current time.
Visiting the showrooms in the house at Knole
After several months of keeping the doors closed, we're pulling off the dust sheets and welcoming back visitors inside the showrooms. The route might feel slightly different and a few areas will remain closed, but you'll certainly be able to soak up the essence of Knole and see its' treasured collections.
Tickets are available to pre-book for 1/2 hour arrival slots at Knole. This will be your time to arrive, show your booking confirmation and park in the car park. Once you are here, you can visit the house at any time throughout the day. Please note that last entry will be at 3.15pm and it will close at 4pm. We're limiting the number of visitors in the house to 50 at any time to ensure social distancing can be followed. This may mean you might have to queue for a while in Stone Court so please check the forecast before you arrive.
Hand sanitiser will be available for everyone to use before entering the house and a member of our team will be taking contact details to comply with track and trace. Please don't bring any large bags with you as we're unable to look after them at present. As with all indoor public spaces, you will be required to wear a face covering during your visit.
As much of our collection is extremely fragile, please do not touch the collections and interiors as we can't use modern day disinfectants on these surfaces. As you follow the one-way route around the showrooms, please be aware of keeping a safe distance from other visitors, our staff and volunteers.
Visiting Knole Park
Knole Park is a great place to take a walk and notice the seasonal changes. Although the park covers 1,000 acres, the National Trust only manages 100 acres, with the rest owned and taken care of by the Sackville family’s Knole Estate (including the deer herd).
The park is open to all to enjoy and can be accessed from the National Trust car park at Knole with your pre-booked ticket, or for free through many of the pedestrian gates around the perimeter. Alternative parking can be found in the town centre following the postcode TN13 1LW.
Pick up refreshments from the Brewhouse Café
A visit to Knole isn't complete without refreshments from the Brewhouse Café. Whether you're looking for a reviving drink, light lunch, snack or a tasty treat, there's plenty to choose from, including freshly baked scones.
The cafe is currently open for takeaways only. Unfortunately, we're unable to open our indoor seating area at the moment. The picnic area is open but we encourage you to be aware of social distancing in here.
Browse the shop at Knole
The shop at Knole is currently closed under tier 4 guidelines. It is normally open 7 days a week inside Green Court. The former Estate Office is now the new location for the shop where you can browse a larger selection of the National Trust seasonal collections, homewares, Knole souvenirs, food and drink plus items made by local craftspeople. Take some time to look around and choose a souvenir to take home of your visit to Knole.
How to book to visit Knole
We're making changes to the way you book online. Please pre-book your visit via the website. Whilst Knole House is closed, you will need to book tickets per car rather than per person. Members can visit the parkland and use the car park for free but must still pre-book.
The car park will be available for National Trust members and paying visitors to the house only. For paying visitors, a £5 charge will be payable for car parking when you pre-book.