Plan a visit to Knole House this summer

Knole House has reopen to visitors. Things are still a little different as you would expect, but you'll once again be able to tour the showrooms and take in the grandeur of 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. Knole has been a show house ever since Thomas Sackville first acquired it in 1605 and the incredibly rare collection survives for visitors to explore today.

What to expect when you visit the showrooms 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 House and Collections team have been working over winter to deep clean the showrooms and carry out condition checks of the collection.

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Discover what a visit to Knole House looks like this summer

We're pleased to announce that Knole House is open again. 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 see what your visit will be like before pre-booking your tickets.

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. 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. 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.

The Venetian Bedroom at Knole with the Spiering Tapestries
The bed and ornate hanging tapestries in the Venetian Bedroom at Knole
The Venetian Bedroom at Knole with the Spiering Tapestries

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.

We're also 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 and come prepared.

The Great Hall is lined with imposing portraits and pewter
Knole's Great Hall with terracotta walls above dark wooden paneling, checkerboard stone floor, elaborate plastered ceiling, and walls hung with large portraits of royal & historic figures
The Great Hall is lined with imposing portraits and pewter

When's the best time to visit?

The showrooms at Knole open from 11am to 4pm, with last entry at 3.30pm. The busiest times to visit are between 11am-1pm. To avoid the queues, why not enjoy a walk around the park, refreshments in the Brewhouse Cafe or browse in the shop before heading to the house early afternoon?

Changes to parking

The car park is available for National Trust members and paying visitors to the house only. Members can visit the house, parkland and use the car park for free but should pre-book for everyone in their party.

Non-members will no longer be able to just  book just a car parking space. If you're only intending to visit Knole Park, we recommend you use the multi-storey car park in Sevenoaks town centre (postcode TN13 1LW). This is a short walk to Knole Park through Webb's Alley.

Booking a visit to the showrooms at Knole

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 from 11am until last entry time at 3.30pm. 

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).

Knole starts to come back to life in the spring
Knole's exterior, a large 400 year old stone building stretches across the image, with three floors, chimneys and a gatehouse. Trees are positioned either side and parkland is in the foreground
Knole starts to come back to life in the spring

The park is open to all to enjoy and can be accessed from the National Trust car park at Knole with your pre-booked tickets, 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, tasty treat or a cooling ice cream, there's plenty of choice. Our team are baking cakes,scones and biscuits every day, plus there are gluten-free options and childrens' lunch boxes to pick up.

Take a seat on the rooftop terrace at the Brewhouse Café
Two visitors sitting on a bench in the sunshine on the Rooftop Terrace of the Brewhouse Café
Take a seat on the rooftop terrace at the Brewhouse Café

The cafe is currently open for takeaways only and there is seating available on the Rooftop Terrace or the picnic area close by. Our indoor seating remains closed for now.

Browse the shop at Knole

The shop at Knole is 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.

We're limiting numbers to 5 people at a time inside so please be prepared to wait outside if necessary. Hand sanitiser is available for all who enter and we ask that you wear a face covering indoors.

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

The bookshop at Knole

The book shop is open daily from 11am-5pm so please come in and browse the shelves. There's a dedicated children's section, books by authors connected to Knole and many popular National Trust publications. We're operating a one-way route through the shop and hand santiser is available at the entrance for all who enter. Please wear a face covering indoors.

Knole's bookshop takes its inspiration from the rooms of Eddy Sackville-West
The bookshop at Knole, Kent.
Knole's bookshop takes its inspiration from the rooms of Eddy Sackville-West

We look forward to welcoming you back to Knole House. Please remember to prebook your tickets.