Planning your educational visit to Knole

A primary school group explore the Great Staircase at Knole

Knole is unique: an enormous medieval, Tudor and Jacobean mansion with a treasure trove of rare and precious items collected over hundreds of years, surrounded by the only remaining medieval deer park in Kent. Our experienced and award-winning learning team will be delighted to help you to get the most out of your visit, whichever activities you choose.

School visits usually take place from April to October on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Schools normally arrive at 10am and leave around 2.30pm, bringing a packed lunch with them. In a full day’s programme, each activity will last between 35 minutes and one hour 15 minutes, depending on the number, age and ability of the students.

Example timetable: Full day visit for a primary school group of 30

10:00am Coaches arrive – Welcome from the Learning Officer, packed lunches deposited in secure education room and toilets. Divide into groups for introductory talk.

10:30am – 12:30pm or 1pm Indoor activities, such as a house tour, a costume workshop and a handling session with replica Tudor artefacts.

12:30pm or 1pm – 12.45pm or 1:30pm Lunch. Packed lunches may be eaten indoors in the Education Room, or outdoors in the courtyards or deer park if the weather is fine.

12.45pm or 1:30pm – 2:15pm Outdoor activity, such as a courtyard trail or a park walk, or indoor activity focussing on topics such as local history, conservation or crafts.

2:15pm Toilets, collect bags, walk to coach.

Please note that the Knole learning team will supply clipboards, paper, trails and pencils. You are welcome to bring your own sketch books if this suits your requirements. 

Numbers and groups
We currently have enough education spaces for groups of up to 60 children per day.  A group of 30 students is typically separated into two groups of 15. Groups of 60 will be divided into four groups of 15. We kindly request that there are two adults with each group. When you are with us, all activities will be led by members of our experienced learning team who will be delighted to share their extensive knowledge of Knole with you. Please note however, that the behaviour of the students remains your responsibility at all times.

Primary schools: cost of activities and house admission for primary school groups of 15 or more:

**NT Education Group Member

Full day visit
Admission Free (children & adults)
Activities £6 per child (no charge for adults) 

Half day visit
Admission Free (children & adults)
Activities £4.50 per child (no charge for adults) 

Non NT Education Group Member

Full day visit
Admission charge - Adults £7.65, Children £4
Activities £6 per child (no charge for adults)

Half day visit
Admission charge - Adults £7.65, Children £4
Activities £4.50 per child (no charge for adults)

**National Trust Education Group Membership
The National Trust is recognised as being Britain’s biggest classroom and is one of the largest educational resources in the world.  By taking out Education Group Membership, the whole school and other not-for-profit education groups can enjoy free entry to National Trust properties for a year.  

Please see below for the cost of becoming an Education Group Member. EGM can be taken out at Knole on the day of your visit or arranged in advance.

Number of pupils on school roll         Subscription
Home-educating family                             £43.25
Under 50                                                   £43.25
51 – 100                                                    £72.25
101 – 200                                                  £87.50
201 – 500                                                  £92.75
Over 500                                                   £107.25
Tertiary/Field Study                                  £137.00

EGM prices increase at the beginning of March each year.

Secondary schools and special needs groups
Prices are dependent on your tour requirements. Please contact the Learning Officer to discuss your visit.

Contact details
Before each visit, we will be happy to discuss the requirements of your pupils and send you the booking form, insurance forms and hazard checklist.

When you have confirmed your booking, we offer a free preview visit for teachers.

To find out more about school visits, please contact